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Escape to the slopes and practice your aerial stunts. Get there when poweder is fresh. Resorts that cater to skiiers and snowboarders offer more than just snow and steep hills, look for fun off-the-slopes activities too!
Head over to the half-pipes, cat-tracks and c-rails to find fellow snowboarders trying out their latest tricks. There are now snowboarder only resorts that cater to dare devils. They have similar amenities to ski resorts.
A snowboard, boots, goggles and a warm jacket top the list of snowboarding gear. Snowboarding has a fashion following, so have fun with your purchases. Visit a pro shop or outdoor athletic store to get fully outfitted.
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Snowboarding lessons are available at most ski resorts and snowboarding parks. First, you'll have to get comfortable having both feet bound to one board; then, you'll have to find a snowboard stance which helps you to travel downhill efficiently and effortlessly. A natural stance is key and takes lots of trial-and-error to find which foot you prefer to use as your front foot. You'll also need to know your stance width and stance angles. Next, you will have to learn the proper techniques for stopping and sliding. Learning the proper techniques from the start of your snowboarding experience is the best way to prevent injury to yourself and others. Don't attempt fancy jumps or double black diamond slopes until you have had enough practice and can snowboard in control without potentially injuring yourself or others on the slopes.
In order to maintain your own safety and the safety of snowboarders around you, follow some simple rules of the runs and slopes. First, know your ability and take your time. You should always be able to stop your board. Never stop at the bottom of jumps or catwalks and always move to the side of the run if you need to stop. The people in front of you have the right-of-way, though you should keep your eye on them in case they should stop or fall suddenly. Unless you are a highly experienced or trained snowboarded, do not ride out-of-bounds. Lastly, in order to not get in anyone else's way, you should know how to load, ride and unload the lifts.
There are several different styles of snowboards, so depending on whether your style is freestyle, free ride or alpine/race, you'll want the proper gear. The key to getting dressed for snowboarding is layering. You should have three layers. Your first layer should be thermal underwear. Your second layer should be something like a fleece or wool sweater for warmth. The last layer should be snowboard pants and a jacket are your which should be water and wind resistant. Keep in mind the temperature of the area you are skiing. If you are skiing in colder temperatures, you will want an added layer for warmth. If you're in warmer climates, you want ski clothing that is breathable. In addition, you should wear gloves that keep your hands warm and protected. Wear UV protected goggles or sunglasses. The sun's reflection off the snow is very bright and can damage your eyes. Also be sure you understand the specific functions of the ski clothing you are buying and the textiles they are made of. Important textiles to consider include polypropylene, wool and fleece. Lastly, you may want to feel stylish. Ski clothing comes in all shapes, colors, and styles so express yourself while you are on the slopes.
The best weather condition for snowboarding is a rather subjective answer. Some people perfer 25 degrees and sunny; other perfer to snowboard when the snow is blowing hard. When the weather is sunny and not too warm or too cold, there are more people on the lifts and lines get lengthy. Snow cover is cumulative and so you'll want to know what's under the last snowfall. If there happens to be a warm spell, followed by a cold spell, the mountain will likely have a layer of ice (also known as 'bullet proof') and will therefore need an extra layer of fresh powder. Wind factors will also affect the conditions of the snow. If it is really windy, certain areas of the mountain will have snow swept and piled high. Always check the forecast before heading out and be aware of avalanche danger if you are in the backcountry.
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