The snowboarding is a progressively common winter sport around world. Snowboarding is a board sport on snow comparable to skiing, but inspired by skateboarding and surfing. A snowboarder's equipment consists of a snowboard, snowboarding boots, bindings to attach their boots to the board, as well as snowboarding-specific winter clothing. Snowboarding became a Winter Olympic Games sport in 1998. Other events that focus on snowboarding are the annual European and U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships and the Winter X-Games. These events are hosted by various winter resorts in Europe, United States, and Canada.


Snowboard instruction is accessible at almost every ski resort from qualified snowboard instructors. Professional instruction is a good way to learn proper technique, safety policies, mountain etiquette and resort rules. Beginning snowboarders, whether young or old, should consider taking a series of lessons. It will not only get you on the slopes more quickly, but will help you feel more confident in sharing that mountain with the other members of the snowboarding ski community. Snowboard lessons, as with ski lessons, can either be group or private lessons. Group lessons are often cheaper, but often have a high student teacher ratio, resulting in less individual attention. Private lessons can be taught one-on-one or between a small group. Private lessons are often far more expensive than group, as it is the snowboarding analogue of being privately tutored. The rapport developed between an instructor and a student who returns for multiple lessons is the real benefit derived from private lessons; one is taught better by a teacher who knows them, and a student is more likely to heed the advice of someone they trust.

Generally, beginner snowboard lessons focus on basic, common snowboarding skills. The first lesson frequently begins with basic safety policies, stretching, and learning to fall, then progresses to snowboarding with one foot on the board (particularly skating and J-turns). Then students learn how to turn and stop with both feet in. Other important beginner skills to learn are the falling leaf technique, side-slipping, and lift procedures. More advanced techniques that are taught in later lessons are linking turns, edge control, weight distribution, edge pressure, and eventually carving. As students progress in ability they can seek out specialized instruction in areas such as terrain park skills (rails, jumps and pipes), mogul technique, off-piste riding, powder riding, and racing.

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Top 8 Tips for the beginning snowboarder

  • Snowboarding is mostly done on either the heelside or toeside edge of the snowboard. You have little control when the snowboard is flat.
  • Turn the board by pressing down with either your heel or toes, don't throw your upper body around. Try boarding with your hands on your hips to force you to use your feet to turn.
  • Keep your knees bent, especially when slowing down, to absorb the bumps.
  • Keep your head and shoulders facing downhill with your center of gravity over the center of the board.
  • Relax and stay smooth! Nervous, jerky movements will result in frequent falls.
  • When not strapped to your feet keep the snowboard bindings side DOWN in the snow to prevent the snowboard from sliding down the mountain without you.
  • Keep the snowboard perpendicular to the slope when sitting or getting up to prevent it moving.
  • Keep your hands over the ends of the board for balance.