Ten tips to become a better snowboarder
Posted by Super User on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 in Blog
There’s nothing better than the pure adrenalin and elation you get from a snowboarding session, but if you are getting frustrated by your progress and want to accelerate your learning as well as your speed, read on for our top tips on how to become a better snowboarder:
1: Be comfortable! Make sure you are properly dressed for the weather conditions and you layer up in case the weather suddenly gets colder – or warmer. Clothes that fit well and don’t get in the way will keep you prepared for whatever the weather may throw at you.
2: Practice! Many of us in the UK aren’t lucky enough to live within walking distance of snow covered slopes, so local indoor real snow slopes like Snozone are ideal to practise your techniques and keep fit. There are plenty of different sessions available if you haven’t snowboarded for a while.
3: Buy the right gear. Do your research when buying boards and boots – there’s plenty on the market with some incredible designs, but don’t get distracted. Think about which areas you want to improve and choose the board which will give you the best tools for the job. It takes time to get the combination right, so swap around with friends from time to time to find the best gear for you.
4: Get fit! Snowboarding is a tough physical workout, and the fitter you are, the longer you’ll last and the more you will improve. Focus on increasing your core strength and strength in your legs and the next time you snowboard, you’ll notice the difference. A great way to stay fit is by practicing on the slopes as Snowsports are a great way to stay fit themselves!
5: Take lessons. Snowboard coaches come with years of experience; they can accelerate your learning and focus on the exact areas where you want to improve. As well as having lessons on the actual slopes, you can take extra classes at indoor snow slopes to give you a head start when you get out there. Here at Snozone we offer these lessons, along with development coaching to improve skills even further.
6: Check out tricks on snowboard videos. If you are already an experienced snowboarder but want to master some tricky or advanced techniques, then watch online videos to see the professionals at work. You can study their moves until you’re confident enough to give it a go yourself!
7: Bend your knees! One of the key rules of successful snowboarding is to keep your knees bent. Imagine you are sitting on a chair – that’s how bent they need to be. The lower you are, the faster you’ll go.
8: Improve your flexibility. Gymnastics, trampolining and even yoga can all help to make your body more flexible, supple and strong. Gymnastics improves balance and spacial awareness, and will also help you to visualise tricks, all of which are crucial ingredients for successful snowboarding.
9: Get feedback from friends. If you are snowboarding with a group of friends, give each other tips to improve technique. You could also video each other snowboarding – this is a great way to see how you really look on the slopes and will make a big difference to your learning progression. A number of our coaching sessions here include video playback so you can get feedback from the professionals too!
10: Enjoy yourself! Snowboarding is all about fun, entertainment and adrenalin, but it takes a lot of patience and determination as well. If you enjoy the experience then you’ll arrive at the slopes with a positive attitude which is invaluable when it comes to becoming a better snowboarder. Good luck and enjoy the rush!BACK