How to Snowboard

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Introduction: How to Snowboard

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

1st.

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.

Step 2: Always Stay in Control

Always staying in control can be challenging.

This will come over time with carving. Carving is when you turn, or shift your weight on your toes or heel so that the board will let you go right or left.
Sometimes you will "catch an edge" where you will fall quickly because the boards edge. This is hard to avoid and it is best to know it will probably happen your first few times. There are ways to avoid it though. Keep your weight on your forward foot (except in deep powder). Second, never ride the board flat. You will always ride on your uphill edge. If this is your front (toe side) edge, you will always feel as though you are on tip toe just a bit. If it is your back (heel side) edge, you will always feel as though you're curling your toes up. Third always keep your knees bent - even on the flats. Unlike with skiing where you can stand up straight, sit back and flatten out your skis when you get to the flat parts, this is bad news on a board. Keep your knees bent, your weight forward and keep riding on the uphill edge.

Step 3: The Dreadful Getting Off the Chair Lift !!

When you're sitting on a chair lift, your board is perpendicular to the direction you want it to be to dismount. When you approach the dismount point, twist sideways in your seat so that the foot that's still in the board is facing forward. Once the board touches the ground, hold onto the chair with one hand, stand up on the foot that's connected to the board and place your loose foot on the board just in front of the binding into which it goes. Center yourself over the board and release the chair. If your instructor, doesn't tell you these things ask him or her about them. Just a few simple tricks can make your boarding experience much more enjoyable.

Step 4: Clothing and Safety

Since you aren't holding onto poles, you will tend to put your hands in the snow more than when skiing. Water resistant gloves or gloves which have a rubberized inner surface are better. Also, longer boarder's gloves are better than shorter skier's gloves since they tend to keep the snow out of the gap between the jacket and the gloves. When you are just starting, this is not terribly important so it doesn't warrant you buying new gloves just yet.

Wear a head band or a hat (baseball caps don't count). If you catch your rear edge you can fall backwards and will sometimes hit your head. The hat provides extra padding. Though the best thing to do is to wear a helmet. And certainly if you are going to continue in the sport after your first lesson, that should be one of your first purchases!

Some people have also suggested wearing wrist guards like you use when rollerblading and something extra to pad the tail bone. I've never tried it, though.

Step 5: My Favorite - TRICKS !!

I know this is a little early to bring tricks into the equation of "learning" , but I look at this stage as "positive motivation" to continue to progress so that you can do these tricks! Here is a list of my favourite tricks and what they are.

Ollie
A method of getting air without a jump. You just lift your front foot and spring off the tail of your board.

Rail Slide
To slide the along almost any non-flat surface (e.g. trees, a picnic table, etc.) on edges of your snowboard.


180 Air
A simple air with a 180 rotation. Off a straight jump this leads to a switch from regular to fakie or vice cersa. In the halfpipe, you continue the same way you were already riding.

Grab
Using one or both hands to grab either edge of your snowboard. Works better if you're in the air at the time.

Halfpipe
A snow structure built for freestyle riding build like a pipe sliced longitudinally with flat areas along the sides.


360 Air
An air with one full rotation. When done in the halfpipe and riding fakey, it is called a Caballerial. Best to do with a grab as well , and a flip, to a rail slide, and then get sponsored by a company.

Step 6: Extra Turning With Picture

It is helpful to have pictures as well showing exactly how to carve a snowboard.

This picture is of the heel edge, this is a harder turn then on toe edge. Make sure to be going at a comfertable speed, and the faster you go the better chances of not losing balance. Remember though , it will take time to get used to the speed.

Step 7: Go Out Snowboarding !

Now I hope this instructable has helped, and I want to edit and add more and more to this as long as it helps beginners.

Also, if there is a need or want for a skateboarding instructable I am willing to do so , let me know !

I hope this helps, and as you already know, learning from life experiences is the best way to learn!! Go out there this weekend, buy a lift ticket, be a ski bum, get a goggle tan, taste mountain snow, shread the knar, jib the rainbow, and whatever else fancies your mind into stepping onto the board, I am happy you are !

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

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! :)

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

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.

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.