Learning to Snowboard – Snowboarding Courses – Snowboarding Training Holidays
Snowboarding is often one of those tricky things to learn. If you aren’t lucky enough to live close to a snow-topped mountain (not many of us are!), and you don’t have any snowboarding centers nearby then how do you learn? Many people will buy snowboarding books or snowboarding DVDs or reach out to snowboarding forums. All these methods of learning are good for starters but not one of them will truly prepare you to stand on a snowboard for the very first time and make basic moves.
Snowboarding is definitely one of those activities where real experience is the key to success.
All that being said, it’s certainly useful to know a few basics. What do you do on your first snowboarding run? How do you stop the snowboard?
On your first ever snowboarding run – keep it very simple. Your main mission on your first few descents is to learn now to balance on your snowboard. So start off on a beginner slope where there aren’t many people around. Simply have your first go at snowboarding a short distance and let the board come to a stop on level snow. Repeat, repeat and repeat again until you start to get a feeling for how keeping yourself balanced works.
If the beginner slope you are on doesn’t have a level place to stop you automatically then you’ll need to learn how to stop your snowboard yourself. You do this by using a toe side turn. A toe side turn is done by using the toe of your leading foot and you twist your toe while at the same time pushing your rear foot to aide the turn of the board. You’ll end up facing the slope you were just coming down and you’ll come to a stop.
One thing that you may or may not have been aware of is that people who ski or go snowboarding need to follow a set of guidelines whenever and wherever they participate in their activities. These guidelines (or rules in fact) come under the name of: The Responsibility Code
The Skiing and Snowboarding Responsibility Code is as follows…
- Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
- Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
- Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
- Keep off closed trails and closed areas.
- You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol or drugs.
- You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.
Know the code. It is your responsibility to know it and abide by it!
It’s no random act that we have done a lot of research to locate the best holiday locations to learn snowboarding. We already appreciated that the only way to truly learn was to get out there, get instruction from qualified instructors and then have the time of your life – safely!
So please do browse through our site to see the beginner snowboarding resorts that we have found for you and if you feel that you are ready – then book one! We are certain that it won’t be your last snowboarding vacation.
For Snowboarding Lessons in the locations listed below, please follow this link: Snowboarding Holidays