Snowboarding, since it’s introduction in 1965, has become an extremely popular sport – the second most popular winter sport in the United States. It is the fastest growing winter sport in the U.S. Only skiing remains more popular.
With that in mind, more ski resorts than ever are beginning to open up some of their ski slopes for either exclusive or shared snowboarding use. For the beginning snowboarder, looking to learn the basic skills, there will be no shortage of places to practice. But snowboarding is not a natural or instinctive skill, so where do you start?
To being with, you should never try to learn snowboarding by yourself. There’s too much unnecessary chance of injury. You should always find a qualified expert to teach you. Now this qualified expert can be from a structured environment like a snowboarding school or it can be a friend or family member who has been snowboarding for year and has the knowledge and patience to teach. The important thing is to get trained properly.
No one, especially a beginner should feel embarrassed about attending a snowboarding school. Even snow boarding trainers attend classes in an effort to keep up with the latest snowboarding styles, techniques, and safety protocols. The main decision you will have to make is what type of training you want. Most ski and snowboarding resorts will be able to accommodate you in whichever choice you make.
The most popular type of lesson is the group lesson. Group lessons are relatively inexpensive, well organized, and easy to find. Snowboarding group classes are usually divided by skill levels, so choose the beginning group and you will have few problems. Before enrolling check how many participants are expected in the class. More than 8 snowboarders in a class will probably be too many to allow the instructor to give you the level of attention you need.
To further save on money, if you plan in advance, you can often find coupons or discount books that will give you a nice percentage off of the class fee if you enroll in advance and are willing to pay with a credit card.
If you have the money, and feel that you need more support and attention, you can sign up for a private lesson. Of course, private lessons are more pricey. As the only student, however, you can be sure of receiving instructions geared expressly for your skill level. You will also be more comfortable in learning at your own pace as there will be no other students to hold you back.
A nice compromise between group lessons and private lessons is the private group lesson where you and friends can hire an instructor to teach you as a class. This has the benefit of letting you learn in a relaxed environment with friends and while usually more expensive than group lessons, will be much less expensive than private lessons.
The popularity of snowboard Olympic winners like Shaun White, Hannah Teter, Seth Wescott, and others will only increase the popularity of snowboarding itself. Want to see what all the funs about? Sign up for your snowboarding class today.