I’m sure you’ll agree that getting a snowboard lesson can be a bit stressful. You’re spending serious coin to go through what many point out as a frustrating experience. I work as a snowboard instructor everyday and I see people turn up in all sorts of states.
Here are the 5 most important things that you should do before your snowboard lesson.
1. Get the best fitting boots: Because rental boots suck, here are some tips:
- Tie the boots up and walk in them for 60 seconds before you decide they’re too small/big.
- Make sure that your toes are touching the end when they are tied up.
- Make sure that your toes aren’t being crushed.
- Make sure there’s less than a cm of heel lift.
2. Make sure your board is the right length
- As a general guide, when you stand the board on its end, it shouldn’t be higher than your eyes or lower than the base of your neck.
- Somewhere just below the chin is good for a beginner (longer boards are better for more experienced riders because they are harder to turn).
- Try this calculator.
3. Make sure you have the correct clothing and layers on:
- A dry base laser – go for something that keeps you dry rather than warm.
- A Fleece to keep you warm.
- A water AND wind proof shell jacket.
- For more tips, read this.
4. Do the 180 second snowboarding stretch:
- 60 second seated hamstring stretch: 1. Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you and straight knees. 2. Maintaining straight knees, slowly slide your hands up your legs to your feet. 3. Extend as far as you can, and hold for 30 seconds, release and repeat 1 more time (visual aid).
- 60 second hip & lower back stretch: 1. Start in a forward lunge position and drop your left knee to the ground. 2. Place your right elbow on the inside of your right knee. 3. Press the elbow into your right knee and twist your torso to the left. 4. Reach your left arm behind you until you feel a gentle stretch in your lower back and right groin. 5. Hold for about 30 seconds, release and repeat with the other leg (visual aid).
- 60 second standing quadriceps stretch: 1. Grab onto something if you need, and stand on one leg. 2. Bend your knee and bring your heel toward your butt. 3. Pull up on your ankle and straighten your posture. 4. Hold for 30 seconds, release and repeat with the other leg (visual aid). Make sure you don’t strain your knee by maintaining a slow stretch.
5. Arrive to your lesson early
- Everything is going to take longer than you expect. If you don’t get there early then the chances are that you will be late.
Enjoy your shred!
“Shredding” is the technical word for “snowboarding with purpose”. I always make sure I “shred” as much as possible.
About the author: David Raybould is a Writer, World Wonderer and Founder of a website specifically for anyone interested in snowboard instructing. You can visit his website www.SIC-World.com or connect with him on Twitter@SICWorld.