Indoor Snowboard Parks – Great Way To Practice

Indoor snowboard parks are a great way of practicing snowboarding because of the safe environment, and not to steep slopes. In this post I’ll talk about  some benefits of snowboarding in an indoor park!

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Great place for tricking

If your goal is to improve your tricking skill level, I would definitely recommend trying out an indoor snowboard park. The great thing about tricking indoors, is that the environment feels really safe and comfortable. There are various sizes of the jumps, so you’ll be able to perform any type of trick possible. There are also many options for railing. Rails are something you’ll find a lot of in these parks. You’ll be far from able to try all of them in one run.

The slopes indoors are usually a lot shorter that normal outside slopes. For you park-rats, this is perfect. You won’t have to wait for a long time before you are on the top of the hill again, ready to hit the park. And when you have ridden through the park, you’ll be down at the bottom again.

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You won’t be bothered by the weather, neither the dark

This is one of the most noticeable benefits of snowboarding indoors. There is no such thing as bad weather. It will always be light and clear. It will never rain, snow, fog or anything that will mess with your sight line. This means that you don’t have to wear goggles. Although the goggles aren’t a bother in my eyes, it can be really annoying when snow hits them and blockes the vision. If you choose to ride indoors, you won’t have to be bothered by this anymore!

As I mentioned earlier, the dark won’t be a problem at any cost. You will always be able to vision every single part of the slope, at any time of the day. Because of this, many of these indoor snowboard parks are open 24/7. If not, they’ll be open to at least 9 er 10pm, when it usually would be dark outside.

It’s local

The fact that the indoor parks are local makes everything a lot more convenient. If you are lucky the park is only 10-30 minutes away from where you live. You won’t be an environmental swine because you won’t have to travel that far, plus you will get more time in the slopes. You will also have the opportunity to go to the park much more often because of this. If you live close enough, it can also be a place to hang out with friends.

No icy slopes

This is one of the things I usually will get annoyed at when I go snowboarding in the mountains. If the night before has been very cold, the tracks will most likely be icy and hard the next morning. For us snowboarders this has a huge impact on our turning and board control. If you’ve ever tried to turn on a snowboard on an icy slope, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The board will slip a lot, and it is extremely hard to catch grip. Most of the times, especially in swings, you have a huge chance of drifting out of the track.

If you go to an indoor snowboard park, you’ll notice that the snow never is icy. This is because it will never be cold enough inside these parks, because the temperature is regulated by the facility itself, not by the weather. The snow will always be soft and smooth for you to ride on.

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Clothing won’t be a problem

Being a park-rat, you probably like to dress in your own way. Maybe different. The weather on the mountain will not always allow you to dress how you want. Since the weather often is changing, you’ll have to be prepared for anything. Wearing a thin jacket or jumper may not be the ideal goal in this case. I’m personally being bothered by this a lot when snowboarding in “my” local resort.

This puts the indoor snowboard parks, (or really all indoor resorts for that sake), in a great position. You won’t have to change clothes 24/7 because of the changing weather. The only thing you really need to keep in mind is to wear something warm so that you won’t freeze. That’s all.

To summarize, indoor snowboard parks are great for many things, (as I have just mentioned). The benefits I have talked about are super realistic and you will notice them if you change from indoor to outdoor resorts once in a while. I would still recommend outdoor parks over indoor parks, as the experience outside is much better. Indoors parks are still a great alternative and very much recommended!

If you have any questions left on your mind, feel free to leave them in the comment section below. I will answer within 12 hours!

Cheers,

14 Comments

  1. Antonio Alessandro

    Really interesting stuff here! This one is actually one of my favorite posts so far 🙂 keep up the good work!

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      Thank you for the kind words 🙂

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  2. Kår Arne

    Inside snowboarding! this sounds awesome! I have to try it. Thanks Tore, what a magical post

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  3. Eddy

    Wow, I’ve never even heard of an indoor snowboard park. I didn’t realize there are all these factors in outdoor snowboarding that can negatively impact your experience. And it sounds like the indoor parks alleviates all of this. I’ve always wanted to learn snowboarding and maybe this is a nice safe way to do it. I’m surprised you didn’t list a directory to indoor snowboard parks. I think that would be helpful if you know of a resource or if you can create one to reference.

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  4. Jon

    Your post really inspired me to snowboard more! keep it up!

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  5. Jesse

    Indoor snowboarding seems to have it’s benefits for sure! i think the big benefit is it being indoors and there being no weather change, or reliability on weather for that matter! But as you said, outdoor runs would be better in my opinion, better scenery! Thank you for the information 🙂

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  6. Joy Weber

    Snowboarding looks like it would be a lot of fun. I live in Florida so I don’t have the opportunity to try it.Your website is very informative. The pictures are beautiful.I did notice that under the about me section, you didn’t say anything about yourself.I would like to know more about you.

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    1. admin

      Thank you for the help! Will look into my about me page more 🙂

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  7. Tina

    Amazing site, I have always wanted to try snowboarding you make it sound amazing but unfortunately because of health reasons I will not be able to do it , I did not know that you could do this indoors.
    A friend of mine loves snowboarding and skiing I will be forwarding this url over to her.
    Keep up the good work

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    1. admin

      Thanks a lot! Good luck with your health 🙂

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  8. ZEGU

    I am amazed at the rate at which things around the world are constantly changing and being adapted for better experiences. I prefer the indoor snowboarding practice. Mainly because it’s done in a safe environment. It will be more suitable for a newbie like me. I live here in the UK. Although it’s my first time to hear about snowboarding practicing. I will make an effort to find places where it’s done. Thank you for such an informative article.

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      No problem, glad to help! 🙂

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  9. JammySammy

    I think this seems like a great way to get your first experience skiing/snowboarding. I have skied many times before, but never in an indoor snow park.

    Like you said it seems very safe. Im sure you can find teachers to give lessons and you will never be far far from help if you fall over.

    I would love to have a go in a snow park, as i will not have to be an environmental swine travelling over the world to get to the mountains.

    Where can I find the snow parks listed in the UK?

    Regards

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      I found this post, talking about indoor parks in the uk. You might find what you’re looking for there.

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