Snowboarding is a great way to get the benefits of exercise and enjoy the great outdoors in the winter months. Whether you are an experienced or a first time snowboarder it is important to consider several factors when planning your next trip. Using proper equipment, safety practices and general common sense will ensure a trouble-free outing. Below are some snowboarding tips to make sure you get the most out of your day:
* Check the weather before starting out. Make sure that the conditions are favourable for the day or plan to be back down to the bottom of the slopes prior to the expected beginning of bad weather.
* Wear the proper clothing. As there is a lot of movement needed to snowboard, it is important to wear loose fitting clothes. Dressing in layers with an outer layer of water resistant lightweight fabric will help keep you dry and warm the whole day.
* Make sure the board you are using is the correct size and that it is in good condition. The edges of the board should be sharp especially on hard or packed snow conditions. If the edges are not sharp, you will not have control over the board leading to safety issues for both yourself and other snowboarders.
* Know your limits. Don’t try to snowboard in areas that are too difficult for your level of experiences. Likewise, don’t snowboard faster than you feel comfortable going.
* Learn how to fall. Make sure your fingers are curled under and your arms are bent when falling. Try to land with your weight on your fore arms, not on your fingers, wrists or hands to prevent breaks.
* Make sure that you are well rested and have no physical injuries prior to snowboarding. When you notice that your legs are starting to tire stop and rest. Over exerting your muscles will only lead to injury.
* Wear safety equipment such as helmets, elbow and kneepads, and protective gear for those falls that may lead to tailbone injury.
* Make sure all gear is in good condition and fits correctly.
These snowboarding tips are designed to help you plan for your snowboarding outing. Safety and protection is key for enjoying your day and for getting the most out of your snowboarding experience.