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!
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.
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.
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.
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!