Snowboarding Beginner Tips

Learning how to snowboard isn’t the easiest task. Being able to pull off sick tricks like the pro snowboarders do may seem impossible at first, however with the tips I’m about to give you, you’ll be amazed by the things you can pull off yourself.

Follow the snowboarding beginner tips instructed below, and I guarantee you a great snowboard experience!

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Many people don’t know what goofy or regular means within snowboarding. This makes learning the basics harder to many, and might lead to frustration. Goofy and regular is the direction your lead foot is facing. Right foot forward is goofy. Left foot forward is regular.

When you have figured out which foot you like to use as your lead foot, you should adjust the placements of your bindings so that your leading foot is turned 20-30 degrees forward. This will make it easier for you to control your board.

The picture to the right explains this perfectly. As you can see, your leading foot should be turned 20-30 degrees forward. If you want information in further detail about this you can click here!

Fastening the bindings

Fastening the bindings might seem like a very obvious tip, but it has a really big impact on your snowboarding experience. Make sure your boots are perfectly in place on the bindings. Then fasten them as good as you can. With well fasten bindings, your board will be a lot easier to control.

Like any other sport, snowboarding takes physical effort, strength and stamina. If you are fit and strong, snowboarding will
obviously be easier. When you ride, the main muscles you use are your legs. It is normal to bend your legs, as it provides better balance. If you have strong legs, your muscular endurance will be better.

Of course this is just a tip. You might snowboard just as good, no matter what your size or strength is, but training your legs and staying fit will benefit you a lot.

I have a different post covering muscular endurance + strength while snowboarding. Click here to check it out.

 Clothing

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Your clothing actually matters a lot. When you are going to the top of a mountain in the middle of the winter, it is important to have warm and safe clothing. Girls, this means that there is no time for fashion! You have to wear something that suits the environment. If you fall, something that will happen, you need clothes that will protect you to some point. Therefore snowboard clothing is essential.

Make sure all of your clothes are waterproof. This goes especially for your pants. It is typical for snowboarders to sit down a lot. Normally when you fasten your bindings. That is where the waterproof pants comes in handy. Also if it is rainy, or foggy, you’ll have the advantage of staying dry.

I would also recommend finding pants that are specifically designed for snowboarding. These pants usually have extra padding on the knees and butt. This will keep you from getting hurt whenever you are to fall. All snowboard clothes are also designed to be baggy. This will give you better flexibility which is essential for learning.

Clothing that you should stay away from is cotton as it absorbs and retains moisture. This will only make you cold.

For you to enjoy your day in the slopes, clothing is a top priority!.

Practice

Just like anything you want to master, snowboarding also takes practice. It takes time and effort. You’ll have to spend at least a couple of days in the slopes practicing before you get it completely. What keeps the majority of snowboarders from learning is commitment. You need to be committed, but in a sport like snowboarding this should not be a difficult task.

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If you’re having trouble learning the basics and could need some help. Then I would recommend hiring a snowboard instructor. In every resort there should be plenty of them. They will help you with anything, and guide you well. By spending just an hour with an instructor, you will experience a noticable difference in your skill level. I say this by personal experience. One hour is pretty much all you need.

And remember! The more time and effort you put into your training, the better you will get.

If you have any questions on your mind, feel free to leave them below!

Cheers,

13 Comments

  1. Endre S. Pedersen

    Thanks for the good tips, I will remember to try this! 😀

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  2. Robert Lawrence

    Hi,

    This is great for me because I’m just about to start learning how to snowboard. I’ve been skiing my whole life but I’m not sure if that will help me, hinder me or do nothing at all.

    I know my stance is regular but I’m just not sure how to choose the right size of board. I’m assuming it has something to do with my height and weight but that’s about all I know.

    Do you have a post on selecting the right board? If not could you give me a few quick tips on that please?

    Cheers,
    Robert

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    1. admin

      yes I actually have a page on howyou choose a board! Link right here: http://yourperfectsnowboard.com/your-perfect-snowb
      Leave a comment if the tips were helpful! 🙂

      Reply
  3. Raymond

    At first, I am not totally convince you have given enough beginner tips. However, in my ice skating expetience, 1 am already happy just being able to stand and skate long enough. with snowboarding, the terrain is uneven and to be able to slide will be alot of challenge. So 1 can understand why being in good shape, knowing the good fit and knowing the normal/goofy pose is crucial to snowboarding for beginners. Just like baby steps right?
    If I do get a chance, I’ll keep your tips in mind. thanks for the guide.

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  4. Antonio Alessandro

    Great post again! I’m loving it 😀

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  5. Constantine

    Hello, hope you’re doing well! First and foremost, I wanted to congratulate you on your website. It’s very clear and clean. Its looks make you want you to stay checking it out so good job on that! One comment I do have to make though, is that on sections where you have parent pages (ie. Snowboard Products and Other Products), the parent pages have no content. It’s only when I click on the subcategories that I get the content you’ve prepared for them. I would suggest to create a landing page (with a slider perhaps) promoting the deeper content. Users that are not that savvy, will leave a website when they see a blank page. Otherwise, GREAT JOB!

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    1. admin

      Thanks for the feedback! I will be sure check on what you just said! 🙂

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  6. Topsail

    A very informative site.
    I like how different aspects of basics of snowboarding were discussed, like clothing and binding info. Basic, but needed info for a beginner.
    I feel that maybe a little more elaboration on clothing may have been added. For example: Base Layer, Layering, Materials and Types of Clothing.

    I especially liked the ” Goofy or Regular” information. I’ve always got hung up on those terms.
    I feel that this post was very relative and informative for the beginner snowboarder.

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    1. admin

      Thank you very much for the feedback! I am planning on making a new post trageting “how to fres up for snowboarding” or something different! Stay tuned for that:)

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  7. Dale

    Hey Tore,
    I really didn’t know anything about snow boarding but you have really educated me quite a lot, with all of your great tips. the education on the clothing was also very informative and helpful. I was wondering if it was anything like skate boarding? I used to do some skate boarding in my younger days. Thanks for all of the great tips.
    Dale

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    1. admin

      It actually is a lot like skateboarding. Thanks for the feedback too! 😀

      Reply
  8. Jonathan

    Awesome beginner tips for snowboarding! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. My dream vacation includes a visit to a snow mountain lodge with the family and the ability to go snow mobile riding, skiing,and snowboarding. Now when I go I can feel confident when it comes to snowboarding for the first time. Oh and I’ll probably do as you say and at least spend one hour with an instructor. Thanks for the article!

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    1. admin

      No problem, glad is helped!:)

      Reply

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