Learning to snowboard can seem frightening for those with no winter sports experience, but it shouldn't be! With a little preparation and a positive attitude, learning to snowboard can be the first exciting step towards a lifetime of fun on the mountains. Adhere to the checklist below, and you'll be shredding down the hill in no time.
If it's your first time snowboarding, rent a snowboard and snowboard boots. There's no point in investing in all that equipment until you're sure this sport is for you.
Make sure you wear warm, comfortable clothing. Snowboarders spend a good amount of time sitting on the ground, so waterproof snowboard pants are a must. You may also want to rent a helmet and wrist guards, if possible, to minimize the possibility of injury on your first day.
- Snowboard Boots
- Backpack/Duffel Bag (for your gear)
- Goggles or Sunglasses
- Wrist Guards
- Long Underwear (shirt and pants), preferably made
from a synthetic, moisture wicking fabric. NO COTTON!
Cotton retains moisture, leading to a cold, wet snowboarder.
- Gloves or Mittens (bring two pair, in case one gets wet)
- Mid Layer (turtleneck or sweatshirt, depending on
- Snowboard Socks (bring two pair, but only wear ONE at a
time; two pair will bunch up in your boot, causing pain)
- Snowboard Pants (insulated and waterproof)
- Snowboard Jacket (insulated and waterproof)
- Neck Gaiter (to keep your neck and chin warm)
- Winter Hat or Helmet Liner
Dressing in layers is your best bet; you'll be able to add or remove a layer depending on the weather.
- Hand/Foot Warmers
- Lip Balm
- Bandana/Chamois (to wipe goggles clean)