What you will need to go ride:
first thing you are going to need is a snowboard. If
you are a beginner, we recommend renting a board for
your first few times. As you start to go on a regular
basis, you will want to get a snowboard you can get
used to riding. There are many differences in board
stiffness, turning, and other features. If you decide
to purchase a board, make sure you have rented it or
a similar board to see if you like the snowboard first.
The second thing you will need is bindings. Most
rental snowboards will have bindings included with
them. If you are purchasing bindings make sure that
they are comfortable. You will be spending many hours
in these and moving your foot back and forth repetitively
For the next thing you will need is Snowboard Boots.
Now I say Snowboard Boots because you will need special
Snowboard Boots not just any boots off the shelf. Snowboard
Boots are specially designed to support your ankle
and provide proper movement of your foot and ankle.
Now the most important thing about Snowboard Boots
is that they are comfortable. You will be spending
the most time in these. When you are on and off your
snowboard, the boots will still be on. The second most
important thing about snowboard boots is that they
fit well. They must be snug around your feet and ankle.
You want minimal or even no movement in your ankle
area. This is very important because you want to control
the board mostly from your lower leg and put less stress
on your ankle.
Next, you will need the proper apparel you keep you
comfortable. We recommend a waterproof snowboard pant
of some type that does not restrict movement. You will
probably be sitting on the snow a lot. A good snowboarding
jacket is also recommended; especially if it gets cold,
you will need it. There is nothing worse then trying
to learn how to ride when you are freezing. Remember
layer your clothes, you can always take layers off.
You will also need good waterproof gloves. You will
be putting your hands down in the snow so make sure
your gloves are of good quality and waterproofing.
Now for headwear, you will probably need a warm beanie
or hat. We recommend UV protective goggles for improved
eye protection. Your headgear will not only protect
you from sunlight and cold but will also provide minimal
protection against small scrapes and bruises. Make
sure to bring some good 15 or better sunscreen for
your face and neck. The high altitude and snow intensifies
Now for protective gear, a helmet is always recommended
for beginners. Make sure you can fit your goggles over
the helmet. There are special snowboarding helmets
with goggle fasteners built in. You can also get some
tailbone and buttocks padding. There are several protective
pads made specifically for extreme sports. You can
also get the same protective guards and pads for the
back and spine area.
Here is a basic list of things you will need
to go snowboarding:
Where and when to go and ride!
you are going to go ride with friends, we recommend
The Park at Bear Mountain resort. This is where most
of the local snowboarders ride. There are plenty of
rails, boxes, and others features to jib (put
your snowboard on and do tricks) on. In addition,
if you think you can, try out on of the many different
sized jumps. In addition, there are many good riders
to watch and learn. Now if you would like more of a
family environment we recommend Snow Summit. Snow Summit
is geared more towards the family environment but still
has jump and rails. Now if you are just learning we
recommend riding on a weekday because it can get packed
with people on the weekends and holidays. You might
be spending most of you time avoiding people rather than learning
how to ride.
Snowboard Glossary of Terms:
basic snowboarding words to help you out with the
A term used to describe
any maneuver in the halfpipe where one rotates 180
or more degrees in the uphill direction; that is, rotating
backside on the frontside wall or rotating frontside
on the backside wall.
Any air performed on
the backside wall of halfpipe.
Coming off a jump
and turning your back down the hill, flipping 540 and
landing fakie or rotating a total of 720 and landing
for a regular-footer and rotating counter-clockwise
for a goofy-footer. When riding switchstance the exact
reverse applies and a regular footer will rotate counter-clockwise
and a goofy footer will rotate clockwise.
When standing at the
top of the halfpipe and looking down towards the bottom,
the backside wall is the left wall for regular footers
and the right wall for goofy footers. If you ride straight
down the center of the halfpipe, your backside wall
A firm layer of hard-packed
snow covering the bare ground.
A term given to any rotation
where the rider has oriented him/herself "blind" to
his/her takeoff or landing and must stretch to look
over their shoulder. Such a technique usually increases
The measurement from
the tip to the tail.
A form of integrated
structural design that used the outermost material
or skin to bear the load of strength of an object.
Much like the shell of crab. To reduce weight and enhance
torsional rigidity and edge responsiveness and eliminate
the need for sepa
To ride fast through corners
Tuned to perfection.
The kind of snowboarding
which is mostly associated with riding the halfpipe,
but may also be used to describe any type of snowboarding
which includes tricks and maneuvers.
The trick is best
described for its grab. The frontside grab is with
the rear hand between the bindings on the toe edge;
in this particular maneuver the front leg is boned.
It can also be any air performed on the frontside wall
of the halfpipe.
A turn where the
toe edge faces to the outside of the turn while the
snowboard is riding on the heel edge. A left for a
regular footer and right turn for a goofy footer.
To ride with the right
Grabbing either or both boards
with one or both hands. Frontside or backside.
To ride on an object like
a ledge or handrail with just the trucks making contact.
A halfpipe trick named
after freestyle legend Teje Haakonsen of Norway. Haakon
Flip is like a switch rodeo performed in a halfpipe.
It is the freeriding version
of the Caballerial in which one rotates 180 degrees
from fakie to forward off of a straight jump.
A snow structure that
consists of opposing radial transition walls of the
same height and size. Used to catch air and perform
tricks by traveling back and forth from wall to wall
while moving do
What riders slide and
grind on, looks like and is a handrail.
The edge of the board
closest to the riders heels.
One who throws himself/herself
wildly through the air and does not land on his/her
A maneuvers where
the rider becomes airborne and upside down at any given
Riding which closely resembles
street skating. "Jibbers" commonly
slide rails, bonk trees and perform flatland tricks.
The front hand grabs the
heel edge, both knees are bent, and the board is pulled
up behind the rider. In the halfpipe, the rider's body
can become almost parallel with the ground.
The front hand grabs the toe
edge either between the toes, and front leg is boned
Much like an Ollie only you
spring off of your nose instead of your tail.
The front of the board.
A method to obtain air by
first lifting the front foot then lifting the rear
foot as you spring off of the tail.
A halfpipe with one
wall; a banked hit.
There are tow rails on a snowboard;
each comprised of a sidewall and an edge.
Also called boardslide.
To slide on an obstacle or lip with the contact point
being the underside of the board.
To ride with the left
Turning frontside 180 while
completing an inverted 360 rotation for a total of
540. A rodeo 720 is when you would turn frontside 360
while completing an inverted 360 rotation for a total
Rolling down the windows.
used to describe when someone is caught off balance,
and they rotate their arms wildly in the air to try
A grabless trick where the
upper torso and lower body are twisted in opposite
directions and then returned to normal.
Big, crazy, cool, incredibly
The curve built into the
sidewalls and edges of a board to enhance turning characteristics.
To create a curve on the turning surface that is characteristic
of the boards riding style.
The area between the topsheet
and the base, and above the edges on a snowboard. Holds
the core and other materials from shifting during the
manufacturing process, and to protect them as a finished
The act of riding along
precariously and near falling.
What a rider does when he "slides" across
a handrail or mailbox, etc.
The position of one's feet
on the ground.
To land a jump cleanly.
Any trick where the rider is going switch on take
The rear tip of the board or
The rear hand grabs the
tail of the snowboard.
A small metal inside threaded
cylinder with a disk attached to the bottom, to prevent
it from pulling up and out of the board. To repair
or substitute the area of binding attachment to a board.
An especially tricky,
obstacle-laden section of a trail.
The curved part of the
terrain between 0 and 90 degrees.
A term used to describe
the emphasis of style in a trick.