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Learn to Snowboard in a Weekend

Aug 17, 2007
Is it really that hard to learn to snowboard? Is snowboarding really that hard on your body? The answer: yes and no. For the beginning boarder, sore muscles can be an issue and you might spend more time face down in the snow than on your board. Don't let that keep you off the slopes!

There are a few things you can do to make your snowboarding experience easier and more satisfying. First of all bring plenty of ibuprofen or naproxen sodium with you to prevent the aches and pains from keeping you off the slope on day two. Second, don't overlook the importance of a good pre-boarding stretch!

Pay attention to you clothes. It's much more important to dress for warmth, water resistance and movement than it is to look cool. Your muscles will thank you, and your snowboarding will improve much more quickly with the right clothes for the slopes.

Make sure you are using the right equipment for your size and boarding style. If you don't know how to size your board, set your bindings and size your boots, ask a pro. It's worth it for the added control that the right sized snowboard will give you.

The first trick that you need to learn is standing and balancing upright on your snowboard. It doesn't sound like much of a trick, but it is. Balance is key when learning to snowboard and is very important if you plan on enjoying your day on the slopes. Another very important element that may be often overlooked is getting the right board for your boarding style and so is getting fitted for the right snowboard.It will make a huge difference in your performance and feel if you take the time to get fitted for the right board.

One of the hardest techniques to master is treating snowboarding like a dance. Just like in dancing, you want your eyes on where you're headed and not on your feet. Staring down at your feet makes you more likely to hit something and get hurt. Looking where you're going is the best way to stay safe and keep good balance on your board.

The most important thing you can learn so that you avoid broken bones and twisted joints is how to fall down. Figuring out how to hit the snow is key to your safety. It can mean the difference between a hospital visit and getting back up and snowboarding some more.

Another great tip for you when you are out boarding is to always pack a small bottle of water. You can never underestimate the importance of being hydrated, even in winter when you don't expect to sweat too much.

Practice patience and courtesy on the slopes. Being aware of other snowboarders and skiers will keep both you and them safe. Patience and courtesy will not only keep you safe, it will make your whole experience more pleasant.
About the Author
Justin Lake is the author of The Ultimate Snowboarding Guide. You can learn how toSnowboard Like a Proat my website http://www.nowthatsair.com
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