11 essential snowboarding tips for beginners

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When trying out any new activity for the first time, there are usually some simple tips that can really speed up the learning process.

Since in 2017 we’re challenging as many Canadians as possible to try as many new activities as possible, we thought it might be a good idea to put together a few lists of the most helpful tips around.

On January 13th we’re encouraging everyone to try snowboarding in particular, so we decided to ask the experts at Canada Snowboard for their best advice. Here’s what they came up with:

Tip #1:

If you lay your snowboard flat (on the base) it can slide away and turn into a missile! Be aware of this. You always want to lay your snowboard upside down (bindings to the snow) to stop your equipment from running away.

Tip #2:

Try to practice strapping up and unstrapping your snowboard bindings before you get on the hill. Find a flat area at the base of the resort or a carpeted living room works well! It’s easier to strap/unstrap your feet when you’re learning sitting down with your knees bent. This will get you familiar with your bindings and make it easier on your first day.

Tip #3:

Dress appropriately – weather conditions change fast:

  • Neck warmer
  • Goggles and/or sunglasses depending on the weather
  • Waterproof and insulated mittens, gloves, jacket and pants
  • Long underwear and long sleeve shirt (avoid cotton!)
  • Warm dry socks
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