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A Short Guide To Snowboarding Holidays For Beginners

May 12, 2008
A sporting winter holiday that is most popular amongst families and individuals are skiing and snowboarding holidays. These sports are more suited for people looking to keep fit and ride out the winter blues. Snowboarding is a sport that has not been around for as long as skiing and is a more modern way of skiing catered more for the younger generation. This was formally known as the Snurfer, created in 1965 by Sherman Poppen in Muskegan, Michigan.

Beginners will be interested in the origins of snowboarding holidays. I feel for those looking for a challenging experience will be enlightened by how it became a popular sporting event and has now turned into an international competition. It was known as the Snurfer because of the idea of it involving surfing on the snow. It was initially designed for his children, but then was subsequently manufactured as a toy as the year followed on.

Its popularity grew during the 1970's and 1980's whereby young people were beginning to pick up this sporting skills and snowboard designing was becoming a fast big business for many. The first 'World Snurfing Championships' was held in 1979, at Pando Ski Lodge in Michigan. This was the start of many more competitions sealing it as the new wave in extreme sports. This was essentially seen as surfing on the snow, or skateboarding without wheels, so it was relatively new to people and somewhat unfamiliar.

Snowboarding holidays have grown in popularity over the years that is reflected in its world renowned sporting event, having seen snowboarding tricks develop over the years from professionals and young people. This had become both a serious and recreational sport that attracts thousands of people ever year. Many start from as young as 12 and develop their skills to compete in the championships. Holidays include tuition for beginners and activity exercises for avid snowboarders.

Of course, snowboarding will expose beginners to various levels of danger, therefore it would be wise to prepare and take extra precautions when choosing to go snowboarding. Such precautions include taking enough warm clothing to keep you protected from the elements. It is always a good idea to wear layers, as often you may feel cold to begin with but you will then warm up very quickly which will help you get rid of any extra layers keeping you warm.

Insurance is vital with any snowboarding trips, without which you could face hefty fines caused by sudden accidents. Your insurance will not be the expensive thing to purchase, when comparing it to the fines you would need to pay if you had no insurance, as it will cover for all medical expensive, third party injuries and any equipment replacement. There are always special deals for people snowboarding for the first time or for families.

One final thing to think about is choosing the most suitable ski resort that will cater for beginner snowboarding. The last thing any beginner would want is to share the slopes with advanced or professional snowboarders; this will put anyone off from learning to snowboard. Most of all, you should travel with a view to experience something new, learn a new skill and have fun. You will find that all of your preconceptions about the holiday will be forgotten.
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Anna Stenning loves to take part in snowboarding holidays and is currently learning to snowboarding picking up new simple tricks.
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