How to Become a Better Snowboarder

Paul Beard

Are you wondering how to become a better snowboarder?

We are here to help! Snowboarding has got to be one of the funnest sports on the planet and snowboarders know the unbridled joy of charging bottomless snow on the ultimate powder tool. For some riders, it’s enough to enjoy what the mountain offers at their current ability and accept their own limitations which is fine with us. However, if you want get the most from your board and become a better snowboarder then here are a few tips to help you on your quest.

how to be a better snowboarder

Get Fit

Like all sports, the fitter you are the better you can become. If you are in good shape you can concentrate on your actual snowboard technique instead of puffing, panting and having to chill out in the lodge or on your backside. So if you’re not already in good physical shape, a few months prior to your trip, you should start exercising regularly. Focus on your cardiovascular fitness as well as your core and legs in particular. For further advice, you can get guidance from the NHS live well site.

 

Take Up Yoga

This goes hand in hand with getting fitter. Yoga has well documented health benefits and I feel it is particularly helpful for mountain sports. It is great fro your core strength as well as you flexibility and range of movement. If your snowboarding in Whistler, there are a number of Yoga Classes available for all abilities around the village.

Get the right equipment

Nobody wants to have all the gear and no idea, but it’s important to make sure you have the most appropriate tools for the conditions. Firstly, look at your snowboard boots. This is the single most important piece of equipment in making you a better snowboarder. Your boots need to fit well in order to help you ride to your potential. When it come to deciding which board to buy or rent, consider your current ability and where you’ll be using it. If you’re going to snowboarding mainly at a big resort like Whistler with lots of deep snow, you’ll want a board that performs well in powder. If you are going to be based somewhere smaller with less snowfall, you’ll need something for that. What’s more, if you want to focus on freestyle snowboarding, choose a specific  freestyle board. Before committing, seek advice for knowledgeable friends or at reputable shops. Whistler has a few good options.

Look after your equipment

Once you’ve make your equipment choice, look after it! Ensure your snowboard is waxed and the edges are maintained well. If you’re on an ALLTRACKS snowboard course, you’ll have the opportunity to join one of our maintenance clinics to show you how.

Warm Up Each Morning

Do yourself a favour and warm up each morning. Don’t go in for the gnarliest run of the run straight off. Ease yourself into the day with some mellow runs at a modest pace and then build up gradually. This will give you the best chance to perform when you up the ante.

Stay Hydrated and Eat Properly

A few beers after riding at Apres Ski can certainly be fun and add to a snowboard holiday. However, if you’re keen to ride to your potential, keep it to a couple! Drink plenty of water throughout the day and eat enough to keep your energy levels up.

Take a Course

A a leading provider of snowboard courses in Canada, of course we are going to advocate taking a course if you really want to become a better snowboarder. Our expert snowboard coaching in Whistler will take your technical riding to the next level while showing you the goods across the entire resort. Whether you want to become a snowboard instructor, hone your off piste skills or learn more about backcountry snowboarding, we have a camp for you.

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