Snowboarding is about as much fun as you can have in moon boots.
That said, unless you’re a seasoned thrill seeker, jumping on a plank and letting loose on the snow can be frightening. The good news is that a few handy tips can definitely help.
Read on to find out how to get the most out of your first time.
1/ Dress for success
You’ll need thermals for warmth, waterproof outer layers to keep you dry, gloves, a sturdy helmet and goggles. Oh, and if you don’t want to spend the whole time chasing your board down the mountain, attach it to your good self with a leash.
2/ Choose the right board
If you’re too tall, short, thin, fat or muscly for your board, you’re going to struggle. Make sure that yours is approximately the same height as your nose.
3/ Put your best foot forward
Stand on your feet. Ask someone to give you a (reasonably) good push from behind. Which foot did you use to step forward? That’s the one you should lead with.
4/ Tie yourself up
Well, not yourself, exactly, but your feet. Before going on the snow, try out your bindings. Your foot should be snug and firm, yet flexible.
5/ Put the pressure on
Once you’re well-equipped and well-dressed, you’re ready to hit the slopes.
To get moving downhill, you’ll need to put a little pressure on your front foot.
6/ Bend your knees
As soon as you’re on the move, bend your knees a little, for balance, but at the same time, keep your back straight.
It’ll feel slightly strange at first, but you’ll get the hang of it.
7/ Know how to stop
Racing down the mountain, out-of-control, isn’t fun. To stop, turn your board perpendicular to the mountain and lean backwards, with both your feet and back.
8/ Take a lesson
No amount of guesswork can substitute for an experienced teacher.
9/ Have fun
Even if you fall over, several times, try not to get frustrated.
Look around you; enjoy the scenery; don’t forget to laugh.
10/ Don’t give up!
It takes time to learn to snowboard.
Be kind to yourself.