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How to Snowboard

Everything a Beginner Snowboarder Needs to Know


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Learning to snowboard can seem pretty daunting at first, but with a little preparation and a positive attitude, you'll be making turns down the mountain in no time! Before you gear up and hit the slopes, take some time to familiarize yourself with some of the core concepts, learn what you'll need on your first day, and pick up some useful tips to ensure a fun first day snowboarding.

Getting Ready to Snowboard
Much like the first day of school, being prepared for your first day of snowboarding can alleviate a lot of the anxiety and worries that go along with trying something new. Discover what you should buy, what you should rent, and what you should bring along for a successful first day on snow.

What to Wear Snowboarding
Dress for success. The clothes make the man (or woman!). Look the part. All of these sayings can be applied to snowboarding - having the proper clothing will make your first days on snow more enjoyable and allow you to focus solely on learning to ride. Check out my quick tips on what to wear and what not to wear when learning to snowboard.

Snowboard Disciplines
Just like skiing, snowboarding can be divided into different disciplines - freestyle, all-mountain and racing. Each discipline requires slightly different equipment and technique. Maximize your first few days on snow by deciding what type of snowboarding suits you best.

Go With a Pro
Snowboard lessons are a must, and the best way to ensure you'll be getting quality instruction is to request an instructor that's been certified by the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI). Find out more about AASI and why learning from a certified pro is so important so you can make the most out of your snowboard lessons.

Burton Snowboards Learn to Ride Program
Successfully learning to snowboard requires the right attitude, the right instruction, and the right equipment. Burton Snowboards specialized "Learn to Ride" (LTR) line of snowboards, boots and bindings makes it vastly easier to pick up the sport - check out this article to find out why!

Before You Buy a Snowboard
Buying your first (or your fifth) snowboard is a big investment. Make sure you know what to look for and what to avoid before plunking down your hard earned cash on a new snowboard.

How to Choose a Snowboard
Once you've narrowed down your search for a new snowboard, pop in here to ensure you're on the right track - learn about the different types of boards, sizes, construction and more.

Where to Buy a New Snowboard
After you've determined which snowboard is best for you, your next decision is where to buy your new board. Between the local shop, big-box retailers, the mountain shop and online stores, where to buy your new board can be a tough choice. Find out about the pros and cons of each type of snowboard retailer to be sure you're buying your new board from the right place.

How to Fit Snowboard Boots
Regardless of whether you buy or rent snowboard boots, the proper fit is imperative. Ill-fitting boots will make learning to snowboard much more difficult than it should be, so see to it that you know how a snowboard boot should properly fit before you ever step foot on snow.

Snowboard Resort Profiles
You've got the gear, the clothing, and the positive attitude to learn to snowboard. Now the question is, where to go for that all-important first day of snowboarding? With profiles of resorts across the U.S., our Snowboard Resort Profiles will help you decide what direction to head in as you learn to snowboard.

How to Get on and Off a Chairlift While Snowboarding
Riding the chairlift is the next step after learning the basics of snowboarding. Shake off the fear of the unknown by brushing up on chairlift-riding technique with this article.

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