All snowboards are made of the same basic materials; wood, fiberglass, Plastic also know as PTex, and metal edges. Not all snowboards are the same though. A number of things influence the performance of a snowboard, including the combination of the above materials, stiffness, length, weight and shape. Below is an overview of several of the most common types of snowboards:
A Few Key Pointers
- As far as board length goes, your board should fall somewhere between your chin and your nose when stood up on its tail and be wide enough so that your feet don't hang over the edge more than a ½ inch.
- Beginners will generally want a softer, more forgiving board to learn on (soft refers to how easy it is to flex the board).
- When renting a board, discuss your riding experience with the technician and be truthful.
- Lastly, you'll need to know your stance (regular or goofy). If you don't know, think about trying to slide across the floor in your socks. If your right foot leads, you are goofy-footed and that foot goes in front. Left lead is regular. There is no right or wrong here and remember you can always change if you start to find that you’re more comfortable with one foot over the other.
Proper Boot Fitting
Your boots are your primary connection point to your board and are arguably the most important piece of snowboard equipment you own. If your feet are unhappy, then your whole body is unhappy. In general, snowboard boots are made up of an outer shell and inner removable liner. Some initial fit tips for boots include:
- When trying on boots, wear the socks you'll be wearing up to the hill. Usually a medium-weight wool or other moisture-wicking sock is best.
- The fit should be snug. Remember, your boots will "pack out" (loosen up) as you break them in, so you want them tight at the beginning-but not painful, of course.
- Your heel should remain in place when you bend your knee and ankle forward.
- Walk around and make sure there aren't any pressure points or spots that pinch your feet. Common problem areas include on the bridge of the foot, the heel, and around the anklebones
Your First Day
Now that you’re all geared up with your board, boots and binding you’re ready to take it out on the hill. First-time snowboarders should always take a lesson from a qualified instructor. A lesson will help you learn much faster and you probably won't be as sore the next day.
- Call ahead to the resort to find out about beginner lessons and any special deals that might be available.
- Just remember the most important tip: Have Fun!