Advice for a First-time Snowboarder
Going next week. I mostly want to get good fast and I'm totally OK with falling down in the snow... I think.
- •It's initially hard to learn, but once you get the hang of it, it's exponentially easier.So you'll want to get as much riding in as possible.
- •Speed is your friendIt's really hard to turn if you don't have a little momentum; not dissimilar to riding a bike in that sense.
- •Sit on the toilet, don't smell the potWhat this means is you want to bend your knees a lot - like you're sitting on the toilet - but you don't want your upper body to lean forward to the point that your face/head are facing the ground.
- •No fat girlfriendsYour back arm (the one over whatever foot is uphill) is going to want to extend in order to balance yourself - sort of like you're wrapping your arm around a larger person - but this is ultimately a poor way to keep your balance. Instead, bend your knees. A lot.
- •60/4060 percent of your weight should be on your front foot, 40 percent in your back foot. This does not mean you want to lean your whole body over your front foot however. Your back foot is not your rudder - steer with your front foot.
- •Invest in waterproof glovesLearning to snowboard involves A LOT of sitting in the snow and pushing yourself back up from a seated position. Your hands are going to be in the snow a lot.
- •You're going to immediately fall down over and over until you don't.Suggested by @dev
- •Choosing your chairlift spot gets strategicI'm a regular (so my left foot is forward; goofy is the opposite) so I opt for the far right side. This way I have all the space I need to kick up my board and hold it with my right foot for the liftSuggested by @betsey
- •Fall backward, not forward.This just protects your wrists. You'll honestly fall down a lot less than you think (it's more likely you might "make" yourself fall down). Don't be afraid to practice on the bunny slopes!Suggested by @GargiBera
- •Getting off the chairlift is intimidatingAnd sometimes difficult. Try to get your balance and stand up straight before you let go or push off. If you start to lose your balance, don't panic, and don't rush it.Suggested by @cflayman
- •Watch Aspen ExtremeSuggested by @b