When you hit the mountain on your first skiing or snowboarding trip there are a lot of things on your mind. Are you going to embarrass yourself out there? Will you learn quickly enough? Most of all, you're likely excited over how much fun you're about to have. However, it's important to keep in mind that skiing and snowboarding are sports filled with equipment, starkly colder weather, and the spending of money. So, on your first trip up the mountain, be sure to have the right equipment with you to ensure you are ready.
Everything you wear should be waterproof. You might have decided at the last minute to go on that ski weekend with your classmates, but you need to pick up or borrow something to wear other than your cotton sweater and long johns. If you don't wear the proper waterproofed gear you're going to be very cold, very wet, and very unhappy by the end of your first afternoon on the slopes. Don't get sick right away. It's not a good way to commemorate your first skiing trip.
Food is very important when skiing or snowboarding. You'll be using a lot of energy up very quickly and you likely will not notice as you have the time of your life doing it. You should have energy bars or trail mix on you while out on the slopes and remember to feed yourself every couple of hours. It's likely that when you step out there, you won't be back inside for a few hours. In that case you shouldn't be starving when you return. Stay energized.
Right along with forgetting to feed yourself, you might forget to hydrate yourself. While it's cold outside and you're wet, you are still exerting a lot of energy and in the process dehydrating yourself. It's good to have a source of hydration on you at all times when exercising and when on the slopes. It's even more important if only because you'll likely forget you need it.
Bring along some cash and your ID. It might upset you to consider that you'll lose any of it while swapping clothes and sliding down a mountain. However, it's always good to be prepared and unless you live in the mountains, you're likely far from home. If anything goes wrong you should be ready to deal with it. The last thing you need is to get injured and not be identifiable because you left your ID back in the city.
Have your cell phone neatly tucked away on your person if you can manage it. Preferably you will have a nice ski jacket with enough packets to hold all of your cash, ID, food, water, and cell phone. But if not, convince a friend to carry their or your phone on them. Once again, you don't want to think about it, but if something goes wrong it's best to be prepared.
None of these things include the basic equipment you'll need when skiing or snowboarding. These are the essentials that everyone tends to forget, whether it's because they are too excited or simply because they were in a hurry. The important thing to remember is that when you step out on that mountain you need to be prepared for anything, including bad weather, hunger, and thirst. You'll be having too much fun to pay attention to the details, so thinking ahead will go a long way in making sure you're covered by the time the sun goes down.
Even though people didn't really get the concept of snowboarding until the 1970s it didn't really become part of the winter Olympics nor popular until 1998. Today this is the sport that everyone is waiting for when watching the winter Olympics.
So due to many people snowboarding and many people wanting to learn many resorts offer rentals and free lessons on most of their slopes. They would want you to learn from someone who can teach rather than just renting you a board and having you go bust your rear on the hard ice.
Many people say that you should learn how to ski before you snowboard this however is not true I have a friend that a few years back had just started surfing in the earlier months like September through December and in January went snowboarding in Colorado and got pictures of him doing airs and rails. So snowboarding shouldn't and can't be that hard if he can just go for 2 weeks and get good at the sport. He wasn't even that good on a surfboard and he did better on a snowboard it looked then a surfboard and on top of all that he even bought a snowboard. That's how easy and fun he said it was.
A lot of the resorts often host contest for snowboarding so if you are there and have been snowboarding before you can enter to win.
Also there are many big companies that come to these events when being hosted so it may be your shot to get a sponsor or two while boarding in some of these events. You never know if you do well enough you may become a sponsored rider. Just go out and try your best and make the best of what you have.
Today you can even have your snowboard custom made unlike back in the day you had one type of board that you could ride. Not today, today you can custom make a board to the size and figure that you want it and even have it painted the way you want. All you do is go to a shaper or maker and have it made.
One of the problems with snowboarding just like any other sport is injuries. You will need to wear a helmet when snowboarding so that you don't crack your noggin. So when you go to the icy slopes or wherever it is that you may go you need to wear protection so you don't become injured on your trip seeing as that can cause a short trip. So go out today and start riding who knows you might be better at snowboarding then the sport you already do or compete in. it is easy or everyone is the northern states wouldn't be doing it. So go get you a snowboard and start trying to ride before you get to an age to wear you cannot even get out of the house.
How many times have you enviously watched those skiers gliding down snow covered slopes, perfectly balanced and having the time of their lives? They make it seem effortless but in truth, every one of those seeming experts had to start from the basics.
Let's take a look at what you need to get started with skiing. Before you rush out and book that skiing holiday, the best advice is to take professional skiing lessons. Whether you've done some basic skiing before or you are a complete beginner, a professional ski instructor will get you started and help you avoid the wrong techniques right from the beginning.
How do you pick a good instructor? Do your homework and consider the following factors, what is your budget, do you want group or individual instructions and what are the qualifications of the instructor?
Remember that you are not limited to the outdoor slopes; there are several indoor ski facilities, even in South Africa, the land of sea and sun, that will enable you to get the basics right before you hit those mountain slopes.
Another alternative to get you started is to join a ski club. These will often offer discounts and you will have the chance to share your experiences and get advice from other club members.
Part of the excitement of skiing is choosing the right equipment, your instructor and ski club. For a beginner it is better to hire your ski equipment until you gain more experience, but sooner or later you will want to acquire your own gear.
Basically you will need three layers of equipment to keep you warm and safe. The first layer should consist of thermal underwear and ski socks, to transfer moisture away from your body. The second layer provides padding and more insulation and includes your ski boots. Finally complete your gear with head protection, such as a helmet or beanie, ski goggles, gloves and a good quality waterproof jacket.
Of course you will need skis, these should be matched to your boots and bindings to make sure that your skis remain connected to your feet. Match your skis to the type of skiing you intend to pursue, downhill skiing or cross-country skiing, for example.
In South Africa the main skiing area is located at Tiffindell, in the Southern Drakensberg. It is a relatively high ski resort at over 2,800 meters. Just over the border in Lesotho is Afri-Ski, which has a one-kilometre slope open during the months of June to August.
Skiing is a world-wide sport, with resorts in many countries. Your new interest can add an exciting, fun dimension to your travels.