To be safe in the slopes there is many things you need to keep in mind and think about. Watching the environment, keeping your eyes up and paying attention to the direction different people are heading to avoid crashing. This is basic stuff that will keep you safe in the slopes. Let’s look at some equipment then, that will keep you much safer and from getting hurt.
I have excluded equipment like clothes, gloves, helmets and goggles as it is very obvious to wear all of this when you go snowboarding. For further information about how you can dress up for snowboarding to be safe, click here!
Back protection is the most important type of equipment for a snowboarder to wear. The back protector covers most of your back like the spine and ribs. Most of the back protectors are made out of solid hard plastic with soft foam to make it comfortable to wear. They are also very flexible so you won’t have any trouble while bending and turning your body.
I personally use the back protection all the time in the slopes. It is super useful. It has saved me from a lot of harm and I would never go one day without it. As I mentioned earlier, it’s the most important piece of safety equipment, but for a beginner, this wouldn’t be the most needed one. For skilled snowboarders that tend to take more risks, the back protection will often come in hand.
The knee protection is actually a great piece of equipment for any snowboarder to have. We snowboarders tend to sit down on our knees a lot, or even fall down on your knees. If you fall down on your knees a lot, the knee pads will save you from getting those sore and hurt knees. But also if you sit down on your knees a lot, the knee pads will make this comfortable and also keep you from getting wet. In both cases the knee pads will serve you good.
The padded shorts is the ideal beginner snowboard safety equipment. The padded shorts looks like a regular shorts, except they’re very tight and with padding on the hips and butt. The padding is made of soft foam which makes any fall a lot more comfortable. As a snowboard beginner, falling might be a big part of your day in the slopes. Wearing the padded shorts will nor only keep you from hurting hurt or wet, but also give you a better and safer feeling about snowboarding.
Assuming falling might be a big part of your day. When you fall, you are probably used to curb your fall with your hands. Doing this over and over can case huge pressure on your wrist(s). If it one time were to break, you would find yourself in a lot of pain. Even if they don’t break, curbing your falls still can hurt your wrists a lot. As the wrist protectors are very hard and stiff, they’ll stops this from happening.
The elbow pads work just as the knee pads do. They are made out of the same material (soft foam) and will prevent your elbows from getting hurt of you land on them. With the elbow pads, you can also learn to curb your falls. Especially if you fall backwards, you can land on your elbows first and make the landing much smoother. Out of all the equipment, the elbow pads aren’t very
Which one is more important?
Waring all these pieces of safety equipment might me a little too overwhelming. You’ll probably feel very uncomfortable and not very agile. You then might be wondering which two or three pieces of equipment are the most important ones.
For any snowboarder, the back protector will be the most important one. It gives the most protection, and protects the most important part of your body. For a beginner, the padded shorts would be the most ideal peace. I would also recommend using the knee pads. Many snowboard pants do actually have padding within them, but if yours don’t, then padding is great to use.
As a pro, I’d mainly recommend the back protection. For any beginner, the back protection, the padded shorts and the knee protectors are the most ideal ones.
Hopefully you now know how to be a little safer in the slopes. If you have any questions left on your mind, feel free to leave them below.