Have you thought about snowboarding? Maybe you snowboard already and are looking for something to relate to, or you are trying to convince a friend to learn how? Whatever your reason, I have compiled a list of why you should get into the sport. I could go on forever about why you should go out and give snowboarding a whirl but I’ve narrowed it down to my favorite aspects here.
MEET NEW PEOPLE
Have you been trying to get out and meet new people? This is the best way to! Most everyone you meet on the mountain is there because they love the sport just as much as you so you already have something in common. Hit up the singles line and hop on a lift with some randoms to start a conversation. You all have great stories to share of your snowboarding adventures and of course your awesome fails for some good laughs.
This crew of gals I just met earlier this year while wakeboarding. We bonded over our love of board sports and have now become close friends. A couple of us have also started a company aimed to get more girls interested in the sport, Shred Babe.
SHIFT YOUR FOCUS
Cruising down a slope helps you forget about your troubles and lets you focus on one thing, the ride. This is the perfect way to unwind after a long week at work. Pick a playlist and just cruise! My current favorite cruising music is ODESZA’s newest album “In Return”. Listen Now On Spotify
GET A WORKOUT
Snowboarding is a full body workout. Using your core for balance and quick turns. Your legs as shocks, your toes and heels for turning working those calves. Don’t forget about your arms to push yourself back up when you fall.
Not to mention that calorie burn! You can burn more than 300 calories in an hour depending on how hard you work. Here is a great article from Fitness Blender about some of the other factors to calorie burn and snowboarding: Snowboarding Calories: How Many Calories Does Snowboarding Burn?
(Update 10/24/2017) Check out my post on this unique workout of aerial yoga to improve your balance and get you ready for the snowboarding season.
Every day of riding is what you make it. You may stick to your comfort zone of the nicely groomed trails. If you’re one to want more variety snowboarding has it all in one sport! There are your groomed trails, your “out of bounds” areas at resorts, total backcountry, and the playground in the park. Try out some different riding styles to see what best suits you. Personally I like a bit of everything.
One thing I know I cannot get enough of is all the breathtaking views you get to enjoy while you are snowboarding down a mountainside. Take a gondola to the top and you can look out across the vast landscape of mountains. In the middle you can view all the trees and sometimes houses nestled within them. Other times you may be on a bare mountainside, that can be intimidating but nothing but powder in sight. These views are ever changing and never get old.
With so much terrain to discover this sport never gets old. You can hit a lot of great places here in the U.S. alone and even try a different style of riding such as the backcountry. Read my post about hiking Big Cottonwood Canyon in Utah for some sweet travel ideas.
Don’t stop with just the United States, there are mountains all over the world! If you have the travel bug like I do this is a great excuse to go out and explore. One of my favorite ways to travel is by staying in houses or condos posted on airbnb.com versus a hotel. I love this site because it’s everyday people putting up their space for you to stay so you can travel as if you were a local. They always have great local recommendations you wouldn’t find as an average tourist.
UNIQUE RIDING STYLE
With all the snowboard gear out there you can get pretty creative with your slope look. Find a sick board, some sweet pants, and a jacket to start. Then go for the accessories such as goggles, helmet, backpack and more. Don’t forget about the under layers either! There is a ton of gear on the market right now, make sure to do your research and learn about it so you purchase the right gear for your riding style.
LEARN TO LOVE THE SNOW
Personally I have always been a complete snow bunny but many of my friends and co-workers sit inside in the winter because they don’t like the snow. Instead of moping around either move somewhere where you don’t have to deal with it, or find a reason and learn to love it! Once you get into snowboarding you will discover the amazingness of a pow day and be anxious for more to fall.
I know one of my previous points was how relaxing it is. Some days are for cruising, others are for charging through that powder and down those slopes! The speed, the bliss of flying down that mountain (or hill) is insane! You must try it for yourself to experience it. I would recommend putting together or finding a good playlist for this as well to get you pumped up! Check out my “Time to Shred” playlist for some inspiration. Listen Now On Spotify
FUN FOR ANY AGE
Do you have kids? Get them out during the winter months and teach them to shred too! I will be teaching my nephew once the temps warm up a little here in Minnesota. We have been feeding him snowboarding videos since he was a peanut, he is excited to learn this year! Out on the slopes I have seen kids as young as 3 on a snowboard and 18 months on skis. Don’t think because you are a parent you can no longer go out and enjoy your sport, bring your kids with! Even into your “adult years you can still get out to shred. This crew here ranges from 26 to 35.
I’ve been boarding for 10 seasons now and I am still not sick of it! In fact the more I go, the more my passion and love for this sport grows. New terrain to be discovered, new friends to be made, and there are always new tricks to learn.
The snowboarding and skiing community is a wonderful group to be a part of, it is unexplainable until you experience it for yourself. There you have it, no more excuses! Check out the upcoming adventures page see where I’m traveling to ride, maybe we can even meet up for a run or two.