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Shopping for Snowboarding Gear on a Tight Schedule – The Best Gear in Less Time

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You have a snowboarding event coming up in the near future and there isn’t enough time to get all of your snowboarding gear together. Where do you start? What do you buy first? This guide will help you get it all together in as little time as possible. Get ready. Get set. Shop!

Snowboarding GearWhat Snowboarding Gear Do You Need?

1. Snowboard

This is where it all starts, because there is no snowboarding without the board. You may be a beginner, but your performance will still be affected by the quality and fit of your board. Your agility level and the speed you can accomplish will also come down to the board.

There are 3 main board styles to choose from, including:

  • Freestyle boards: short, great for beginners, very flexible, easier to control
  • Freeride boards: great for intermediate boarders, allows greater movement and style exploration, most popular on the market, easy to play with yet not dangerous
  • Alpine boards: rigid build, the choice of advanced boarders and pros, suitable for top speed, quick turns and more dangerous curves

Notice that different types of boards are suitable for different skill levels. Don’t get in over your head by purchasing a board that could put you in danger. If you are clearly a beginner, then stay away from the alpine boards. With time and practice, you may get to that level, but it isn’t worth risking your health and safety for right now.

2. Snowboard Bindings

Beginners often look at bindings and think they are flimsy, cheap and probably useless. This is very far from the truth. You need these bindings to remain safe out in the snow, so choose with care. The different options include:

  • Strapped
  • Flow-Ins
  • Plated
  • Step-Ins
  • Baseless

3. Snowboard Boots

Beginners often downplay the importance of picking out the perfect pair of snowboarding boots, but you have to take this seriously. The right pair of boots will keep your feet dry and warm so you can stay out in the cold longer, and they will protect the entire foot and ankle from injury. Your options for different types of snowboarding boots include:

  • Hard Boots
  • Soft Boots
  • Mixture Boots

When trying on a pair of boots, make sure that you can comfortably wear them for a long period of time and that they feel adequately flexible.

4. Snowboard Attire

Hyperthermia is the result when you don’t pay enough attention to your snowboarding attire. Make sure that you select an entire outfit that will keep your body protected from the intense cold and moisture from the snow and wind. Keep the following in mind when selecting attire:

  • Comfort
  • Quality
  • Durability
  • Waterproofing

5. Snowboard Goggles

Goggles are not an optional item dependant on your personal style. They are essential to allowing you to see everything in front of you when on the trails. This is important at low and high speeds, so do not pass them up. Snowboarding can be quite dangerous if you are whirring down a mountainside blind!

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 20th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

How to Plan the Perfect Snowboarding Vacation

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Snowboarding VacationWhile skiers used to rule the slopes, more and more people are now sliding over the slopes on snowboards. In some areas, snowboarders seem to be taking over the slopes completely. Some skiers are now dabbling in snowboarding, but many boarders are new to the slopes. Before taking up snowboarding, they never really enjoyed the cold, wet snow. The board has brought them out of hiding in the winter months and given them a form of physical activity they find enjoyable. If you may be among them this winter, make sure to consider the condition of the slopes before you head out for those first runs.

Snowboarding Vacation Resorts

Whether snowboarding is your only vacation goal or just one element of your vacation, you can’t go wrong by visiting a resort. Many will offer snowboarding lessons, so you don’t have to teach yourself how to board. Most states in the U.S. that get a lot of snow will have resorts dotted along their terrain, especially those near mountain ranges. Not only do these resorts offer snowboarding opportunities, but they offer a variety of sports suitable to the mounds of wet, white snow.

Some of the more popular areas in the U.S. include:

  • Squaw Valley, California
  • Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Moonlight Basin, Montana
  • Heavenly, Nevada
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Utah is one of the biggest states for snowboarding. You can find resorts all across the state and many are perfectly suited for planning a snowboarding vacation. Some of the best resorts include:

  • Deer Valley
  • The Canyons
  • Snowbird
  • Park City

Colorado is another big state for snowboarders. This is the capital of winter resorts in the United States, so you will never struggle to find an open resort. Whether you just want to snowboard or you want to pack in adventures on skis and explore other winter sports as well, you will find it all in this state. Aspen is the most popular area in the state, but some of the top resorts across the state include:

  • Snowmass
  • Copper Mountain
  • Crested Butte
  • Keystone
  • Breckenridge
  • Tulluride
  • Steamboat Springs
  • Vail
  • Winter Park
  • Beaver Creek

If you are traveling in Canada, look for resorts in Lake Louise and Whistler.

Preparing for a Snowboarding Vacation

You only need two things to have a great snowboarding vacation: the perfect location and the desire to get out there and have fun. If this will be your first time on a snowboard, add the desire to learn something new to that list. There is a lot of excitement and thrill that comes with gliding down a mountain on a board, but this sport can also be dangerous if you don’t have the right snowboarding gear and knowledge.

Make sure to plan a lesson or two before you hit the slopes alone. You have to learn the safety guidelines so you make it back safe and sound. Once you know the basics of the sport, you can have an adventurous snowboardiing vacation without putting your life in danger.

Once you decide which resort you want to visit, try to schedule snowboarding lessons ahead of time. This ensures you get into the lessons soon after arriving, that way you can spend the rest of the time improving your skills.  If you bring all of your gear rather than renting it there, you can hit the slopes immediately without standing around in lines.

The most important rule is to have fun on your snowboarding vacation. Safety comes first, but fun is a close second!

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 19th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Snowboard Maintenance – How to Maintain Your Snowboard

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When you rent snowboarding gear, you don’t have to think about keeping it in good condition. You simply take it off and hand it back over the counter. Once you purchase your own gear, everything changes. If you don’t properly perform snowboard maintenance, it won’t last very long and your performance will be affected negatively.  It is too expensive to keep buying new gear every season, so it makes sense to just maintain every piece so it lasts as many seasons as possible.

Snowboard Maintenance KitCleaning Your Board

The most basic care required for a snowboard is cleaning. You should make it a habit to clean the board immediately after taking it out for some fun. You may decide to leave it at times if you will be heading right back out on it the next day, but if it is going to be stored for any length of time you have to make sure it is thoroughly cleaned. Anytime you go more than a couple weeks without boarding, the board should get a complete scrub down.

You can use any cleanser that you have around the house, as long as it doesn’t contain corrosive chemicals. Cleansers based on citrus are most often sold through snowboarding shops, since the citrus removes wax residue as well as dirt and other debris. When cleansed thoroughly with a good citrus cleanser, your board will be ready for a fresh coat of wax when the next season comes around.

Making Repairs

Putting your board in storage clean is essential, but it is also a good idea to put it away in as good of condition as possible. This means checking for any small problems that may have been created over a season of intense boarding. File the edges or surfaces if they are dull or burred. Look over the base to make sure it is in good condition, using a p-tex candle and other basic repair kit supplies as needed. 

With a good repair kit and a bit of knowledge about snowboards, you can fix many small problems that come from wearing the board down over the season. More substantial problems can be fixed through a local repair and supply shop.

Waxing the Board

You will need high quality wax, an iron, and a scraper to wax your board. You can use the iron already in your home, or purchase one designed just for waxing snowboards. Most people find regular household irons to be perfectly acceptable, but those designed for snowboards do work better.

The process is simple. Use the iron to apply a generous but even coating of wax along the base and edges of the board. When you are done, use the scraper to remove any excess or misplaced wax.

Many people just take their boards into a pro shop for a wax. It typically costs around twenty bucks and can be done rather quickly thanks to their advanced tools and machinery.

The least you should do is keep your snowboard clean, but keeping up with these other snowboard maintenance duties will ensure it lasts many years. It costs less to upkeep a board than it does to purchase new ones all the time.

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 18th, 2011 at 11:06 am