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2017 Tips for Snowboarding

Tips for Snowboarding

Snowboarding has become one of the most popular activities.  It trumps over skiing tenfold snowboarding looks cooler.  It doesn’t matter if you are new to the activity.  Even seasoned professionals look at Snowboarding Tips for 2017.  It never hurts to brush up on your technique.  Besides, you can always learn something new.

 

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Snowboarding Tips and Tricks: Top 3 Snowboarding Tips For 2017

Best 2017 Snowboarding Tips

Snowboarding is hands down one of the most incredible winter sports. It is also one of those incredibly frustrating sports. After mastering how to perform some of the basic turns, how to use a chair life and how to handle all the trails on the mountain, most snowboarders tend to reach a standstill in their performance. If you are in this position, being stuck is simply not an option and you should know that advancing is way easier than you think.

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Some Of The Best Snowboarding Locations

The Best locations in the USA

Snowboarding is a winter sport that has become a global experience. With the advent of snow on a mountaintop or hilly slope, adventure-seeking enthusiasts come out to ride the snow. Snowboarding became internationally recognized in 1998 at the Winter Games in Nagano and has gained in popularity ever since. This “fringe sport” has allowed the world to view snowboarding as a winter sport to be enjoyed by all.

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As an increasing number sports-minded people ride the wave of snowboarding, knowing where to snowboard is important. There are numerous moderate to very difficult trails to maneuver within the U.S. Depending on where you live in the United States, many are easily accessible. Whether your style is free-riding on natural ungroomed downhill slopes, or if you enjoy the adrenaline rush of freestyle snowboarding down a steep and rocky slope, you will find the following recommendations of Jeremy from Commercial Pressure Washing Houston, challenging and responsive to your snowboarding style. The following are recommended trails located throughout the country:

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Great Snowboarding Locations

Great Places To Snowboard

Snowboarding has become a very popular winter sport. Snowboarders make for almost half of the ski resorts population. But how do you decide where is the best place to go? It depends on what you are looking. You may be looking for fresh snow on not-so-populated areas. Or maybe you are looking for some terrain parks to practice your tricks.

Following with having guest posters to our blog, we asked our friend Tony Matthews from Fence Builders Dallas to tell us about his favorite places to snowboard and here are his top 5 locations.   We hope you like these as well.

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General Snowboarding Tips

Snowboarding Tips

These snowboarding tips are brought to us by guest blogger Zach S who by day does commercial pressure washing in Houston, and loves to hit the slopes of New Mexico and Colorado during the winter months.  We asked Zach to provide a few basic tips for those learning to snowboard.

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Take it away Zach…

Snowboarding is a popular sport in both North America and other European countries.  Most of the other people, have adopted this as a recreational activity. The game came into being due to strong inspiration by other sports such as skiing, surfing etc. and is also a part of Olympics and Paralympics. The History of the sport dates back to the 1960s when it was invented in the United States of America, and made its way to the Winter Olympics at Nagano in the year 1998, and Winter Paralympics at Sochi in 2014. The purpose of this article, is to enlighten you with some unique and helpful tips regarding snowboarding that will make this recreation a whole lot of fun for you.

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Snowboarding Responsibly

Snowboarding Precautions

Tens of thousands of snowboarders enjoy snow sports every year. However, few people prepare for the rigorous physical demands that these sports place on the body. Although it is a safe sport, injuries that are unexpected may occur with lack of preparation, varied sports snow conditions or poor judgment.

 

Many injuries can, however, be prevented by proper physical preparations. In addition, taking care, buying or repairing your gear is essential in taking care of your well-being.

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More Snowboarding Tips for Beginners

Are You A  First Time Snowboarder?

It’s winter again! The roads are covered with snow, fires crackle in fireplaces of homes and people are wearing snug layers of sweaters. This season brings a holiday chill in the air and the need to smother that chill with the warmth of family love and bonding is growing more and more urgent by the minute. Bonding with your family can come in many forms but at a time when the powder is nice and soft for snowboarding, why not hit the local snowboarding resort for a change and start gliding down that beautiful snow peak?

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Snowboarding, like most sports are physical, yet extremely enjoyable. It involves you, the potential snowboarder, along with your beautiful family, all geared up in the proper gear descending down a snowy slope on a snowboard. Millions of people enjoy this recreational activity so much that over the years, it has become an Olympic and Paralympic sport with people showcasing their talents for other people to admire.

Snowboarding can be a bit tricky especially if you are just starting out so here are a few tips that might help you along as a beginner. Remember, no great thing starts out big.

Start small, start at the beginning. 

  • Gear up comfortable but efficiently. If you have tried snowboarding, you will know that getting up on that hill can be excruciating, especially if there’s four or more of you in your family. Not only that, you have to carry your gear with you but remember that gearing up is the best way that you could prevent accidents. Your gear includes your snowboard (of course), which is what this activity is all about. You also have your bindings that could either be plastic or metal or both. Be sure that it is fastened to your board properly and that it fits your boot size. You also have your helmet, which is very important. They are made especially light these days, it actually feels like nothing.
  • Know your footing. Snowboarders have their very own language for your left and right foot. Your left is your ‘regular’ and your right is your ‘goofy’. Knowing which is your lead foot between the two is important because you have to adjust your board set up so that your riding is easy.
  • Be ready to fall. You are a beginner; you cannot ace this on the first try. Just be sure that you are able to handle pain when you fall on your coccyx –also know as the tail bone, this is the bone that supports your buttocks when you fall. Yes, it will hurt but anticipating it and being ready for it can actually help, even if it’s just a little bit.
  • Enjoy. This tip is probably the most important. Do not treat the recreational activity like a career you have to strive for. Just be chill about it. Do not be scared and enjoy gliding down the snow slopes with your family and friends. Plaster a smile on your face! It will surely keep you warm.

Snowboarding, even though it might be slightly challenging, will definitely be rewarding at the end. Gliding through snow peaks with your family and friends behind you will leave you warm and comfortable on the inside despite the chill of the season.  If you are a beginner, take the leap of faith, and give snowboarding a try.   If you get the proper training in the beginning, you will love the sport, and be able to have loads of fun with your family on the slopes.

If you have any questions, please use contact us, and we will help guide you to having the best experience possible while you are learning to snowboard.   Good luck, be safe, and have fun.

Funny Falling Video

Oh and by the way, yes you will fall, yes you will be frustrated, and yes you could possibly end up on someone’s funniest video compilation, splattered all over youtube.   Here is a funny video of some other newbies falling.  So as you can see you are not alone, and are in some very good company.   Enjoy.

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Snowboarding Conditions

Powder vs. Packed Which Is Best?

If you are like many, you may not live near the mountains, so when you get the opportunity to go on a snowboard trip, you pray for the best weather conditions. They condition of the snow on the mountain is one of the most important factors that can impact your snowboarding experience. The texture and consistency of the snow on the slopes will come into play for things like how well you can maintain your speed, how well you can cut turns, how well you can recover from falls. Everyone may have their own definition of what is the best type of snow to snowboard in, but I haven’t met a person yet that would not agree fresh powder is the best snow that they look forward to on each trip.

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Different Types of Snow

 
Fresh Powder
Fresh dry snow is often referred to as powder. Both natural and artificial snow can be considered powder. The texture of the snow can be like powder, thus the name. Powder snow creates a smooth even surface that most riders prefer.

 
Packed Snow
Packed snow is simply snow that has been packed down due to several hours of use and traffic. The packed snow can be either soft pack or hard pack snow. The difference is soft pack snow is a result of the snow becoming compressed by traffic from riders and or groomers but is not actually hard or ice. Hard pack is the result of several days without having fresh powder. Hard pack can actually have a thin layer of ice on the top, and is actually very hard.

Fresh Powder Riding
Riding on fresh powder provides a smooth even ride for every rider. Intermediate and advanced riders especially love fresh powder as it provides ideal riding conditions. Powder conditions means you will not catch your board in ruts, or ice patches. You simply feel more like you are surfing on top of the snow. Power can be deeper and lightweight. This reduced friction can help with your speed which you will need in order to not sink in the snow. If you are a beginner the snow depth may be somewhat scary for you, or a little intimidating, however on the flip side the powder also means a softer place to land whenever you fall. Trust me you will fall, just get ready for it to happen.

 
Packed Powder Riding
As you can imagine packed snow creates for some harder riding surfaces which can result in more painful falls, which is ironic because many beginners preferred packed snow due to feeling more stable. Packed snow riding also is more conducive to higher speed runs. Packed snow is of course more slippery, and will require more edge gripping to maintain control. So if you are a speed daemon you may prefer packed powder so you can reach higher speeds on the trail.

Enjoy the Ride
No matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned snowboarder, you will soon have a preference of which type of snow you prefer best. No matter the type of snow, you will need to learn how to use your body to create the right amount of momentum to plow through each type of snow. Take advantage of any type of snow you get, and always pray that the conditions are favorable when you get to take a trip to the mountains. So excited that the season is upon us. Cant wait.

 

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Tips for the Beginning Snowboarder

Learning to snowboard is all about progression, and not all about natural skills, although having some skills will help…just sayin.  If you go into the sport not realizing that time, practice, and patience will make you a better snowboarder then you may just find yourself frustrated, or even getting hurt.

As you start learning new skills and progressing in the process of becoming a better snowboarder, be sure to stop and have fun.  Soak in your surroundings, realize the natural beauty of the mountain, the snow, the trees, and just enjoy that you are experiencing God’s creation and even if you fall a time or two you are learning and progressing with each and every fall.   Soak it up, learn from it and most of all enjoy.

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  1. Be prepared to actually learn.   When you go to hit the slopes for the first time, expect it to be hard and difficult to pick up.  This is not like playing checkers, and will take a lot out of you the first time out of the gate.   It will take a commitment, and many will not learn it on their first time out, so make sure that you are committed to not quitting and giving it more time to learn.   Hopefully you are the type that will pick it up right away.
  2. Prepare to fall. You will fall it is guaranteed.   You will fall more than once, again guaranteed.  If you are prepared for this you will have the right mindset to learn and conquer.  Remember we all have to learn from the beginning so when a kid goes whizzing by you, just remember he had to start from the beginning too.   Granted kids pick up on this easier than adults, but he or she did have to learn as well.
  3. Take a lesson (or more than one lesson if necessary). There are no regrets with taking a lesson or two.  You will have regrets if you try to rely on your friend teaching you though, and never try to figure it out on your own.   Defiantly do not make this learning curve harder on yourself than it should be.    I would suggest if possible to call ahead and book your lesson in advance if the resort allows.   You do not want to show up on your first day at the mountain to find out all lessons are booked up for the day.   Preparing in advance will help you to be successful when learning to snowboard.
  4. Try to go during the week for your first day. Depending on the time of year and the resort you may find it to be less crowded during the week.   Weekends and holidays tend to be more crowded.  This means more bodies to run into, and also more people trying to take lessons.   So do yourself a favor and pick a slower time of year to start your learning process.    If you don’t have this luxury and you do find yourself going on a busy weekend or holiday do try to prepare in advance and book your lessons early.
  5. Try to learn on snow and not on ice. You will be much more successful if you are learning on snow.   If you are on the east coast you will have more ice than snow, and since I mentioned that you will fall, it is much nicer to fall in snow rather than on ice.  If you are in more of an icy area, try to go mid day when it may be more slushy rather than hard packed ice.
  6. Dress appropriately. You for sure want to stay warm, but most importantly you want to stay dry.   Make sure you purchase the correct type of clothing that will keep you both warm and dry.  Also remember that while learning you will probably work up a sweat.  Do not let that fool you and start ripping off your clothing.  You can get very sick by doing this.   If you find yourself over heating, take a little time to rest, maybe sit in the snow.  You will cool off pretty quickly.  Give your body time to adjust and acclimate.

So there you have some pretty good beginning tips.  I hope these have helped you if you are planning your first ski trip this winter.

Here are some funny snowboarding falls

 

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Snowboarding Tips for Beginners

3 Great Snowboarding Tips For Beginners

Learning something new is always fun.  If you are new to snowboarding you may be a little apprehensive when taking the first step, but learning some proper techniques will help you to stop wasting your time faceplanting in the snow.

 

Tip #1:   Take a beginners class, don’t try to learn from your friend.

If you try to learn from your friend you will most likely miss out on some great instruction that will teach you proper techniques.   Without proper technique you will develop some bad habits, bad form, and problems that could all be avoided by knowing proper technique.    Just because your friend is a good snowboarder does not mean they are a good teacher.  Most likely you will end up frustrated, and waste your day on the slopes if you are relying on learning from a friend.

Now that you are signed up for your class, don’t be afraid to ask questions.   During your class take advantage of the instructor’s time, and ask questions, don’t simply try to figure it out on your own.  The instructors are there to make sure you learn techniques so you can make your time on the slopes more enjoyable.

The people that tend to learn the fastest and progress easily are typically the ones asking for help when they simply don’t get it.  There is no shame in trying to get your technique correct from the start.  You will be glad you took time to learn proper technique once it clicks and you are mastering the slopes like a pro.

ProTip:  Ignore this tip if your friend happens to be a trained instructor, then by all means learn from your friend.  However, if your friend is simply good at snowboarding it is best to seek out a good beginners class.

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Tip #2:   Learn to ride the T-bar correctly

Nothing is more frustrating than falling off the T-bar.  There is not much to it once you learn a couple of great techniques that you should have learned in your beginner training course.   If you skipped the beginner course and had your friend teach you, then shame on you.

  • Don’t try to sit or lean on the T-bar

The T-bar is there to pull you up the slope and not to provide support.   To ride the T-bar properly you will need to put the bar between your legs, and place it on the inside of your upper front leg.  Use your hands to hold the bar in place so it doesn’t twist, and stays straight across the back of your upper leg.   This allows you to be pulled up the slope correctly.

  • Look ahead

 

Our bodies have a tendency to move towards the direction we are looking.   So if you are looking off to the left or the right you will start to drift off in that specific direction.   Keep your eyes focused straight ahead, so you do not drift and eventually fall off the T-bar.

 

Tip #3:  Learn to keep from falling down so much

Now that you have had your class, you learned to ride the T-bar and you have hit the slopes for real you may find that you are falling down more often than you wish.  This all boils down to a lack of stability and possibly a lack of core strength.  The good news is you can overcome both.

Regarding stability, it boils down to balancing yourself and stabilizing once you make turns as you ride down the slopes.  Remember you are still a beginner so choose slopes that will allow you to master techniques instead of choosing harder slopes that will only frustrate you and cause you to learn bad form and techniques.

Now that you are on a simple green run, you need to make yourself aware of every turn you make.  In between each turn you are going to want to do a small “hop up” and land back on your feet.  So you will turn, then as you come out of the turn “hop up” (just slightly), as you land absorb the landing using your lower body and let both feet.   Make another turn in the opposite direction, come out of the turn and “hop up” once again.   Keep repeating this over and over as you make your way down the slope.

Once you do this several times you will feel your stability and core strength increase, and you will find that you are falling less, as you master the techniques of snowboarding.