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Fun Winter Sport for People of All Ages and All Level

  • Feb 1, 2010
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I love snowboarding, and I am not some 17 year old, fearless daredevil.  In fact, I am a middle aged, fearful, unathletic woman.  I probably don't fit the typical cool snowboarder profile, but surprisingly there are now many people trying this sport that are in all walks of life.  If you are young, athletic person, you should probably pass this review.  However, if you fit my profile, read on.

I used to be a skier.  Again, due to my unatheletic quality, I was just a so, so skier.  Let's say, I made down the intermediate slopes very, very slowly.  Even though I loved being in the snow, what was physically tough was that my quads gave in after one morning of skiing.  If I wanted to continue skiing in the afternoon, I would have to pop in some Advil.  And I wasn't even skiing hard.  I was just slowly coming down the slopes enjoying the view.

[Starting Out]

After so many of my friends raving about snowboarding, I thought I would try.  On the first day, I was miserable.  (That's nothing new.  I remember I was more miserable on my first day of skiing)  I was on my butt most of the time.  But once I got the hang of balancing myself, I was on the way to enjoy myself.

Once you get the hang of it, snowboarding just feels AWESOME.  At any point in time, your entire body is working together to balance on one edge of the snowboard.  As you transition from turn to turn, your body finds that equilibrium point.  I know this sounds stupid, but when you make these turns it makes you feel like you are one of those extreme snowboarders carving the pristine mountains, even if you are just on a bunny slope.  You really feel like your are "one with the mountain". 

Unlike skiing, snowboarding doesn't tire out my thighs.  Hence, I can enjoy well into the afternoon and to days after.  My whole body does get sore, but it's not to the level where I would have to stop.

Another thing I like about snowboarding is that once you can balance, you can come down from pretty much any slope, except perhaps deep powder.  On skiis, you have to make turns to come down the slope at a reasonable speed.  I remember how petrifying it was to be on an advance slope and trying to make it safely down to the bottom.  The time between when my skiis point down hill until they turn to side felt like eternity.  On snowboard, if I find a slope too challenging, I can simply wedge down by standing on the heel side.  Yeah, it's not elegant nor exciting to come down this way, but at least I no longer have the fear of ending up at wrong ski run.

If you catch an edge, you can fall pretty hard without any warning.  Basically, all your forward momentum is suddenly stopped by the caught edge, and you are slammed down to the ground.  I have suffered a hairline fracture in my hip once when I caught an edge on an icy surface.  I hope I didn't scare you.  :-)  So, I highly recommend wearing some protective gear.  Not only do they help from injuries, but they reduce pain.  I always wear wrist guards and padded shorts.  I will start wearing helmets too.

I hope you will give snowboarding a try.  It's fun!

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March 08, 2010
I love snowboarding too but I have slowed down a lot after my hurt! Very nice review!
February 19, 2010
I still can not tell how they keep score. Great job
February 16, 2010
I agree, snowboarding is AWESOME than skiing.
February 01, 2010
Sounds like an awful lot of fun. I still enjoy sledding with my old Flexible Flyer sled from my childhood. Nothing like it.
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Quick Tip by . September 24, 2009
I used to be an Amateur competitor when I lived in Tahoe.It's one of the most exhilarating things you can do in life, try it-you'll love it!
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Snowboarding is a sport that involves descending a slope that is covered with snow on a snowboard attached to a rider's feet using a special boot set into a flexible mounted binding. The development of snowboarding was inspired by skateboarding, surfing  and skiing. It was developed in the U.S.A. in the 1960s and the 1970s by renowned extreme sports 'junkie' and snowboard expert Francis Wilkinson and became a Winter Olympic Sport in 1998. The first snowboards were manufactured by the modern day Burton Snowboards company.
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