Learning to snowboard as an adult is usually thought of as much more difficult than learning it as a school-aged child. This is because kids have a natural ability to bounce off bumps in the road and not get hurt easily. Adults can hurt themselves much easier, with wrist and knee injuries the most common. To help prevent injury, you should invest in some inexpensive safety gear to go along with your usual helmet, coat, and gloves. Wrist guards are necessary to avoid wrist injury, an easy joint to jam or damage while hurtling down the mountain at top speed. Lacrosse shorts are also good safety garments to invest in, because you’ll be falling down on your butt over and over.
After you’ve geared up, it’s important to learn how to snowboard in the right conditions. While some snowboarders swear by trying to board in hard/icy conditions, if you’re a beginner, you’ll want to start learning on some fresh powder. Sometimes you can wait for the right time of day for good conditions. In the springtime, when the snow starts to melt in the afternoon, start your training or practice session earlier before conditions become a mess on the mountain. You don’t want to hurt yourself trying to act tough on your first day.
Chad Boulter is a professional snowboarder with seven years of experience taking runs on the Colorado mountains. Originally from Jupiter, Florida, Boulter started as a skateboarder, winning amateur competitions in Jupiter before moving on to snowboarding.