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Snowboarding for beginners

Snowboarding has gained popularity in the past few years. No longer are vacationers limited to skis while staying at the ski resort. If you are taking snowboarding lessons from an instructor at the resort then they will probably supply all of the gear that you will need. After the lessons are over, you will then have to rent a board and the other gear. The most important thing to remember is to bundle up. While on the mountain, it gets very cold and the correct clothing will help a great deal.

The first layer of clothes should be a material that will take the moisture away from your body, such as synthetic polyester. Cotton materials tend to absorb moisture while still allowing it to stay on your body, so avoid this type of clothing. The next layer will act as an insulation barrier. Wool jackets, pullover sweaters and fleece tops are perfect. They can easily be taken off if the temperatures were to rise. The last layer of clothing is your ski jacket and pants. Usually, ski resorts offer the ski jumpers that serve as your ski pants and cover your middle area. You can rent these for a small cost and you will greatly appreciate the extra coverage. Goggles will not only act as a protector from an injury, but they also help block the sun from harming your eyes. When the sun reflects off of the snow, it is very bright and can be harmful to your eye sight.

A helmet may be aggravating, especially when your head starts gaining moisture, but it is beneficial to your safety. A neck wrap is also convenient if the temperatures are very extreme. A nice thick pair of gloves that stretch will keep you from getting frost bite. If the gloves are not thick enough then there is a good chance that the moisture can go through and cause damage. The type of snowboard that you choose should be determined on your body type. There are also different styles depending on the skill level. The staff at the lodge can help you figure out which board is right for you.

The boots are not built into the snowboard. You have to choose those separately. When trying on boots, make sure that they fit securely from your toe to your heel. They will be snug, but that is how they are supposed to be. When you lift the heel of your foot, the boot should go with it. The heel should not come out of the boot. With the appropriate gear on, you may not look very attractive or fashionable, but it is much more important to be safe.

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March 28, 2008 - Posted by | Blogroll, Snowboarding

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