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This is an instructable for anyone who is interested in learning how to snowboard. I am an avid snowboarder, and i feel this should help you out a lot, plus I am going to put some work into this so I hope you enjoy!

Make sure you get a board that fits you, based on height and weight. This depends on your tastes, but I am 5'7" and I ride a 154cm board. This will go up and down in height with park riding or if you are out west in Canada riding deep powder you want to have a longer board.
Pretty much you want a board that is right around your chin when you are standing straight.

Step 1: Getting a board that works for you , and rules of the slope

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Get a board you feel comfertable with. I suggest you rent a board for first time. Take a lesson from a paid teacher on the hill for your first time to add to the experience.
Also, no matter what, you will fall ! Do not try to learn too fast, you do not want to hurt someone on accident. There are key things you have to know before the first trip down the slopes. They are :

1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Since this is HOW TO SNOWBOARD, each of the following things are explained in this instructable.
ShahrehmanS1 month ago

Your are absolutely right this post is very helpful while choice a snow board, thanks

benz.extreame8 months ago

Your Instructors do help me a lot. Thank you so much for spending time on this.

I longboard in the summer in the streets of ol' Utah, but I need something to do in the winter. I just realized this is the best idea. Very similar to longboarding. I bought a snowboard at the DI. :)
I once had a goggle tan that looked like frostbite so I had to spend like 30 minutes in the ski patrol lodge
I'm just learning to ride, you crazy people are already doing 180 and 360's I'm too jealous of all you.
Its crazy..... AND FUN! :)
freeza363 years ago
The last time i went skiing. the charlift caught on my coat. It pushed me down, and i tried to get my ski back on (apparently in the way of the lift.) the operator DID NOT stop the lift, and it hit me in the face. It knocked my tooth out. Worst pain of MY LIFE
2345678903 years ago
I found that this website had some good info on snowboarding www.thesnowstation.com
One thing for sure is to have the right amount of layers I learned that the hard way. Now I know that it's the most important thing if you're going to be out there for a while. And if you're a beginner, it helps if you're falling a lot of times.
Rishnai7 years ago
When I was taking lessons, one time I got on the lift next to a girl who was still having difficulty getting off the lift with good balance, and although she meant well, when we went to get off, she grabbed me to stop from falling, but that just pulled me down, too. Of course, we were still trying to get up off of one another when the chair arrived, and basically ran over me. That was embarrassing. The lift operator, in his infinite presence of mind, then stopped the lift. On top of me, so I could lift my head six inches, but not get all the way up. Then he told me to get out of the way, and I told him to move the damn chair. Oh, yeah, that was a dignified moment. The moral to this comedy of errors: first of all, when you fall getting off the lift (at first you will fall), get out of the way of the chair. Second of all, don't grab for someone who isn't expecting it. Third, everyone saw it, and it can get worse, so don't take yourself too seriously.
ha ha, I love the story it's pretty funny. But I like what you said about not taking yourself to seriously. That's so true in a lot of circumstances.
This is probably one of the most difficult parts I found to be in snowboarding, but as you keep practicing it keeps getting easier. It remind me of learning to ride a bike.
I'm glad I found out about all these rules. I'm just getting started with snowboarding and I have a long way to go. It's so cool to find awesome people giving tips and ideas for free. Thanks for sharing!
Yes. ha. I learned how to 'catch the edge' the hard way. One fractured wrist and one sprained wrist. Ouch, but fun!
Some good advice, especially step 3. Thanks for sharing this.
bham43215 years ago
people should also remember not to be waving thier front arm around to much cause that looks wack
zip0nada5 years ago
One of the most useful tip I got while I was learning was to keep my leading shoulder pointed where I wanted to turn, then use my trailing foot to push the board through the turn.
zip0nada5 years ago
I learned pretty quick that it's best to take a fall on either the knees or the butt, and grit your teeth as you fall so you don't bite your tongue. Also, when getting up or balancing, use a closed fist rather than a flat hand on the ground, so you break a finger.
masstraffic7 years ago
question wut size snowboard should i get if im 6'2" and 220-265 pounds
your weight doesnt really matter.the board should be anywhere from your chin to your eyes.
no snow board should be anywhere between the chest the the chin
becauseican that is the worst advice I have ever seen. That is the biggest rookie comment ever "that it should be from your chin to eyes". Weight is the MAIN factor is snowboard size. Also masstraffic the range of 220-265 is really wide try to find out your weight a little bit better if you plan to buy a snowboard. When you find that out you can just refer to http://www.frostyrider.com/tips/size-guide.htm. Don't worry about the boards they show just learn the size you need.
ya i dontsnowboard but when my friend got 1 the guyt at the store said from ur chin or eyes he didnt care about weight so the information isnt from me.
I've been told by a person who I know who works in a snowboard shop, says that the board should by at you chin if you are a beginner and down to you sternum if you are pro.
i would think it to be the opposite of that as a shorter board makes it easier to turn.
yes, a short board is easier to turn, but it is less stable and you are more liable to fall over using it. snowboards don't follow the rules of skis length wise, it follows the rules of boards. think of it like a surfboard. you don't start with a 5 foot board and move up to a 9 foot mal, it's the other way around.
......Ok there are no set rules like you have been saying. A pro does not pick a snowboard by putting it up to himself and saying "yea it reaches right there". First off they should already know what size board they like so they dont even need to do that they can just find a board in the size they want. And the way a snowboard works is the longer it is the faster it goes and better it does in powder. A shorter board is normally used for better control less speed and more tricks. A guy at a snowboard store does not make them qualifyed to say what a good board is. In fact I have been to many stores where the people have no damn clue what they are talking about. Normally unless they are a board tech with a passion for snowboarding they dont really care and it is just a check so they do not know and just give the basic advice. Also you are not more liable to fall over using a short board a shorter board.
yes, you do use different sized boards for different conditions, but I don't have a $1500 lying around to buy a set of 3 boards and nether do a lot of people. but in general the board get shorter as you get better. and then, usually only then, do you get into needing more than one board. i.e. one for racing, one for tricks, one for just cruising around and so on. a lot of people don't have that kind of money. hell, a lot of people don't have enough money do even go boarding/skiing.

yes, you are entirely correct and I agree with you.
rent a board first find out if u like a bigger board or a samller board its all prefrence ive seen tall pepps wit little boadrs and litlle peeps with big boards
doom9806 years ago
for nose rolls ride regular prewind your shoulder and lean on the nose of the board unwind your shoulders and spin like a 180 but dont lift your feet off the ground
coolo526 years ago
is that a picture of you on the first page?
Oh man getting off the chairlift is the worst. I've been twice and the second time I got of the chairlift I fell, twisted my board around my leg, and tore my ACL. Any tips?
A large problem that most have when getting off the lift is that they put pressure on the unbound foot to try to keep it in place. This is actually a bad idea. Since you are trying to keep your foot in place you apply pressure and that then causes you to push the board away from you causing you to fall. When you get off the chair lift try to lean forward slightly and keep most of your weight on your bound foot. This will help you get off and not fall. After that you just have to learn to control the board with only one foot attached.
a lot of places if you signal the lift guy they will slow the lift when you get off. that way you can learn slowly.
theone i went to, he was such a meanie. he saw the fear in my eyes yet screaming out at me to get off quickly. and when i hit that flooor hard with my face n limbs, not only being extremely unsympathetic with my pain n embarassment but also screeching at me to get out of the way... worst experience ever for first time snowboarding noob like me....kekekek
Absolutely - the secret is to LEAN FORWARD. It's completely counterintuitive, but it works very consistently. Also, practice skating (having your front foot foot strapped in and your back foot pushing you along) so that you're comfortable maneuvering while not strapped in.

You can check out more snowboard tips at my site SnowboardPrep.
go straight and tell the people your riding with that you aren;t very good at getting of the charlift and they should give you space, also put your foot on your stomp pad and crouch down DONT GRAB ON TO PEOPLE THAT ALWAYS TICKS ME OFF! if your going down don;t bring someone with you
bryceronie (author)  instructing tables7 years ago
Tore ACL?! Go to the hospital and get them to help. Take time off for sure, learn to skateboard that will help a lot especially with balance. In terms of getting off the chairlift which I feel is your question, push off on the snow with one foot off the lift, and then put it immediately on the stomp pad or against your binding. Push off and stop to clip in. Take it easy for a bit though for sure with a tore ACL.
shredbetty6 years ago
Getting off a chairlift with one fit strapped in & one out is probably the hardest thing about snowboarding. Here's how to do it best: 1) Prepare to unload: Get your board STRAIGHT (pointed down the ramp) & put your back foot on the stomp pad next to the back binding. (Get a stomp pad) 2) Get in a somewhat crouched position & get ready to go mentally 3) Lean slightly FORWARD so you're body is perpendicular to the angle of the sloped ramp. 4) If you need to turn, gently press on your toes or heels or drag your free foot. If you fall, move out of the way as quick as possible. YOU CAN DO IT!
Eggbertius6 years ago
this is pretty good stuff, nice an accurate (but I wouldn't know about the freestyle, I don't do that). However, learning to snowboard is really easy if you get lessons. Nice one. +1
true tat i got lessons 4 a week and by fri i could do easy blacks
becauseican6 years ago
i ski but i want to try snow boarding tomorrow . it is thursday now and on monday i killed my arse in the park skiing. i should were a tailbone gaurd but ill take a chance
kedzer7 years ago
For a REALLY detailed account about preparing for your first time on a chairlift while snowboarding, see:

Thank you so much! Many times I've felt like a tool because of a bad lead off a chairlift!
this site is really good. thanks
the best how to video i've seen for snowboarding by far was at www.snowboardaddiction.com unreal video
jamiespark6 years ago
is that ur pic because ive be there its in canada right
jester_rob7 years ago
Great instructable man, this should really help.
Rishnai7 years ago
The wristguard and tailbone idea is a good one. Even wearing a thick sweater and tucking that in really lessens the impact and helps when you have to then sit for hours to get home. As for wristguards, it is better to learn to fall without putting your hands out, since you can really break things that way, and the wristguard hurts your dexterity when messing with bindings. But then again, you can't really be too well-prepared, and guards are priceless when you suddenly have a bad day. Just my two cents.
locofocos7 years ago
i wanna snowboard so bad! but i live in Alabama :(
wasserman087 years ago
when ever i try to 180 off a ramp i always start to dip forward while im turning, and if i try and lean back i cant get myself to turn at all. granted i have only tried a few times and have been snowboarding for 3 days but i was just wondering if you had any tips?
bryceronie (author)  wasserman087 years ago
Try to just 180 without moving and get your legs up, try to jump and get your knees bend grab the board as well it will help with rotating. Ride switch to be able to ride away when you land as well and go off small jumps or just 180 while riding. Try skateboarding for balance too. Hope this helps.
yeah man thats how i learned to do my ones as well as the threes also if it helps hit the ramp switch and lad regular its easier to ride away without looking like a fool
now that i got the 180 should i go straight for a 360? and also do u have any good tips on how to do nose rolls, they look so sick when my friend does them?
make you 180 feel natural when you try it... be able to do it when ever you want then go to the 3.. what do you mean by nose rolls?
I did it, I landed a 180. Thanks man, I'm not sure if I took any of your advice lol, but thanks anyway!
snipeyouout7 years ago
what if your going so fast you can't turn, should I bend my knees more or less or some thing else, I'm an experienced snowboarder but a while ago my trainer never told me what to do, please help, your answer will be greatly appreciated
Well you can't be that experianced if you can't turn going fast. Make sure you go at a speed thats comfortable for you that you can turn good with KNOW YOUR LIMITS as far a turning going fast its the same but requires you to be a affirmitive when the snow tries pushing you around. worst case sincerio fall on your arse. alot of people are killed by heading straight into trees without stopping
bryceronie (author)  snipeyouout7 years ago
Always bend the knees. Looks a lot better as well. Keep on your boards edges and make sure to not go too fast while keeping the board flat, try to carve and keep on either your toe or heel edge. Hope this helps.
2 uses7 years ago
what if you cant find a board short enough. what should i do
ipatch 2 uses7 years ago
keep looking unless your under three feet tall there is a board out the for you! Just the other day a saw a snow board that was three feet long and a five year old was riding it
snipeyouout7 years ago
thank you
Mr.Asmith98 years ago
I think you mist one of the most important things, In order to learn how to snowboard you must first be on the wright type of board. The right length and the right type of edge, and all that good stuff otherwise you might be on a board way to short or long for your body, when you become a more advanced snowboarder and can control the board properly then thats not a problem but until then, find out the scales.
In most cases, the people at your snowboard shop should be able to help with this.