Snowboarding, inspired by skateboarding, surfing, and skiing has been around as far back as the 1910s and was adopted into the winter Olympics in 1998 at Nagano Japan. It is reputed to be one of the most dynamic and progressive winter sports. Therefore it’s no surprise that when you hear someone talk about their experience as a seasonnaire, you automatically think about how awesome it sounds. Snowboarding is a fantastic sport, there’s no doubt about it. You get to wear cool looking gear, enjoy stunning mountain views, and feel the rush of epicness as you’re sliding down slopes at high speed performing daring jumps and stunts.
But, this can be hard and somewhat dangerous to do if you’re just starting out. For that reason, it is vital for beginners to know the basics of snowboarding to not only make sure you don’t injure yourself, but so that you have a great start to the snowboarding experience. Don’t worry; spending a season at Chalet Nantegue will help you to become a pro seasonnaire in no time!
Snowboarding is incredibly fun and can be enjoyed by people of all experience levels. Some of the many benefits include:
• Increasing your strength and stamina
• Building a better balance and dexterity
• Reducing stress and improving overall health
• Feeling like a boss
Having your own equipment such as a board, boots and bindings can make learning to snowboard a much smoother experience. While you can hire gear at your chosen ski and snowboarding resort, it isn’t recommended as every board has its own design and feel. When you’re learning the basics and how to stay on your feet, you don’t want something that feels different each time.
Choosing your stance
Once you’re fully equipped, before you’re facing the formidable slopes of the Alps – you need to learn how to stand and determine which foot will be your leading foot.
Right foot – Goofy stance
Left foot – Regular stance
A good way to do this is to get into your favourite pair of socks and slide yourself across a hardwood (or any slippery surface) floor. Do a short run and let yourself slide forward, once you’ve come to a stop take a look at which foot you have placed in front. The one you put forward should be the foot you will be leading with. Once you’ve figured out your stance, you should try strapping into your board and practice balancing turns.
Your first ride
Before you take your first chairlift up the mountain it is a good idea to get some practice in on beginner slopes. Most mountains will offer a learning area known as a “nursery slope” for those just starting out. Here at Chalet Nantegue we have our very own backyard snow park where you can practice the basics and try out some moves on the ramps! You can work on your skills in your own time and not have to worry about finding yourself stuck on difficult slopes.
Always start your first few slides at the bottom of the run so that you have time to get used to the board and stance, and not have to worry about losing control to speed. Stand on your board and start pointing your front hand down the fall line to turn your board downhill, this will get you moving off. Let yourself slide down the slope a few times until you are comfortable, and then try putting weight onto your heels to come to a stop before reaching the flats. Once you’ve got this technique down, try doing the same but putting weight on your toes this time. Practicing these basic techniques will help you gain better balance and help you to master the bigger slopes!
What’s great about the snowboarding community is that everyone is helpful and friendly, especially so at Chalet Nantegue. Our chalet is infamous for creating unforgettable experiences for likeminded ski and snowboarding lovers. People come to our chalet from all over the world and stay for a whole season to meet new friends and enjoy the best 5 months of their lives. It doesn’t matter if you’re pro or just starting out, coming as a small group, or coming as one big bunch of mates! We’ve got all the things you’ll need to make your trip an unforgettable and epic one. Just view the gallery and take a look for yourself! If you’re ready to get strapped in for an amazing ride, give us a call to see how we can help you become a seasonnaire!Leave a comment