If you've never ridden a snowboard before,
it will probably be a good idea to invest in a day or two of
snowboarding lessons with a trained and certified snowboard
Taking lessons will ensure that you avoid picking up any bad
habits while allowing you to fast track the development of your basic fundamental
skills in a safe environment. Learning the proper techniques
for stopping and sliding at an early stage will also
help to minimize the risk of hurting or injuring
yourself or others while riding through the mountains.
Private or Group Lessons
You have basically two options when it comes to taking lessons
i.e. groups lessons or private lessons. Deciding on which type
of lessons to take will depend on your level of fitness, any
experience with similar sports involving balance such as
surfing or skateboarding and how much help you realistically
feel you will need.
If you're more of a social person, you may like the chance
to meet other fellow learners when taking group lessons.
Take into consideration the size of the group for the
lessons you are taking. If the group is too large, your
instructor (and fellow novices) may not have the patience
to slow things down for you if you happen to lag behind.
As a result, you may find yourself struggling to keep up
and this will not be a pleasant experience.
There is not a doubt that you'll progress much faster
with private lessons from your own personal instructor.
Naturally, this will cost a bit more than group lessons
but the benefits you will gain from the individual attention
afforded to you as well as the chance to learn at your
own pace could well be worth the amount you pay.
So you think lessons are uncool or maybe you just want
to save a few dollars by going the self-taught route.
While it is completely possible to teach yourself how
to snowboard with patience and an understanding of the
fundamental skills involved, be aware that this will
involve plenty of experimentation and risk.
Your best bet will be to choose a nice and easy run
with a gentle gradient, soft powder and hopefully very little traffic
to try out the various tips you've learned
from this wonderful website (sarcasm intended). Closely observing the basic techniques
performed by other
more competent riders will also provide you
with an idea of what you should be working on.
Learning From a Buddy
If you're lucky enough to have a close friend who's mastered the
fundamental skills of snowboarding, try getting a few
free snowboarding lessons and pointers when you can. Often, a willing
and patient friend will be of equal or even greater value
to a personal trainer without the cost!
The trouble is, of course, if your friend is anything
like most snowboarders, they're probably more interested
in exploring the mountain or grabbing some air than
giving away free lessons.