Learning to snowboard may look difficult and being able to do those awesome tricks and jumps may seem unobtainable, however with our expert instruction and plenty of hours out on the snow practising, you’d be amazed at what you can achieve - even the pro snowboarders had to start somewhere.
We run an awesome snowboard fun taster session which is 50 minutes long and teaches you the very basics, letting you get a good feel for the sport. We also have beginners' lessons to take you through everything you need to know to get you moving under your own steam and starting to look like you know what you are doing on your board.
You’ll be booking your freestyle lessons and learning jumps and tricks before you know it. Before you get to that level however, you first have to learn the basics.
The first thing you need to determine when it comes to snowboarding is whether you are goofy or regular, or rather which foot is your lead foot. Get a friend to give you a gentle shove from behind and whichever foot you step forward with is your lead foot. If it’s your left foot then you are regular, if you step forward with your right then you are what’s called goofy.
Your snowboard needs to be set up so that the correct leg is your lead leg to make it easier for you to ride.
The bindings are those plastic things that you fasten your feet into and they can be quite confusing at first. There are two common types of binding: strap bindings and speed entry bindings.
Strap bindings are the most common binding type and so called because there are two straps that you fasten over your boot to secure yourself to the board. The straps are padded plastic offering excellent cushioning and feature multiple adjustment possibilities.
Speed entry bindings look similar but also have a highback part to them which reclines to allow you to slide your boot out easily. It’s purely a convenience thing and means you don’t have to struggle with fastening the bindings whilst wearing thick gloves.
To fasten either to a comfortable position, place your foot in position and then push one end of the binding through the fastener on the other. Keep pushing until they are comfortably and firmly holding your foot to the board. To release, simply press the quick release toggle and slide the binding apart.
To move around on flat surfaces, get on and off lifts and climb up the beginners slope you should keep your rear foot out of the binding and use it to push yourself along – a little like skate boarding.
Let’s be honest here, if you are learning to snowboard you are going to fall. Quite a bit. So it’s important to learn how to fall well. Try to fall uphill rather than downhill and try to avoid falling on your coccyx - that can really hurt. When you do fall, try to stay as relaxed as you can and avoid putting your hands out to stop yourself as this can damage your wrists.
Snowboarding is a sport and like any sport it takes physical effort, strength and stamina. The fitter and stronger you are, the easier it will be to go through the lessons and pick up what you are being taught. Thanks to the squat stance, strong legs are advisable. Try working the legs with exercises like squats, lunges and calf raises.
Don't forget, you actually need to get out there on the slopes and keep working at it in order to improve. The more hours you put in the better you will get – it’s as simple as that. Luckily for you Chill Factore is open 7 days a week with early mornings and late evenings as well meaning there is always time to practice and keep trying until you get it. Come and join us on one of our snowboard taster sessions and give it a go, we are sure you’ll love it and be dying for more.
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