If you have never tried snowboarding, but you want to, you might be wondering if snowboarding is hard for beginners.
I have personally learned how to snowboard and I am going to explain to you everything that you need to know.
Snowboarding isn’t hard to learn, but it does take some time and practice. On average it takes someone about 3 days of practice to stay up on the board and start feeling comfortable. With lessons, and natural ability it is possible to learn in just 1 day.
When I first learned to snowboard I was falling down so much that first day.
While it was frustrating at first I am glad that I didn’t give up because snowboarding is so much fun after you learn how to balance yourself on the board.
How Hard is it To Snowboard The First Time?
If you want to get into snowboarding that first day of learning can be so intimidating.
Just relax, because it doesn’t have to be overwhelming and you can definitely learn to snowboard in just a few days.
The most important thing that you need to keep in mind is that you are going to have to be patient with yourself and not give up.
While it is not hard to learn snowboarding even for beginners, it does take time to understand and start using the important techniques that will make it easier for you to balance and control yourself on the board.
You can pretty much expect to be falling down multiple times the first few days. I know I did!
In fact, It is not uncommon for a beginners that are snowboarding to spend an entire first day falling. Just keep trying and don’t give up.
Your attitude and perseverance will make learning to snowboard much easier.
How long do You Need To Learn Snowboarding?
Normally it will take someone about 3 days to learn how to snowboard. Specifically how long it takes each person to learn depends on many different factors.
Some people will just pick it up faster than others. People that are naturally coordinated, strong in the core, in great shape, and are naturally balanced will probably find learning to snowboard easier and will pick it up faster.
If someone has already mastered another similar balance sport like surfing, skateboarding, or wakeboarding, then they will probably find learning to snowboard much easier than someone that doesn’t have this experience.
Don’t worry if you don’t have any of these qualities, you will still be able to learn to snowboard, it might just take a little bit longer.
The most important thing you need to be successful at learning is the right attitude and to simply just not give up.
It will also be quicker to learn snowboarding for someone that takes a lesson versus someone that just tries to teach themself.
Lessons are recommended to help you master the basic techniques of snowboarding quicker.
Can You Learn to Snowboard Without Lessons?
Maybe. While you can eventually learn to snowboard by just trying to teach yourself. It will be safer, faster, and more fun to learn by taking a snowboarding lesson.
Lessons are offered as group or individual classes and are pretty affordable.
If you are wondering if you really need a lesson to learn, I would personally suggest that you do take a lesson.
The instructors know all the challenges that new snowboarders face, and they can help you to be aware of these challenges and teach you what you need to know from the start.
If you try to teach yourself, you might get frustrated and feel that you are not progressing and just give up.
Lessons will simply help you progress faster and feel more confident.
Your First Day Snowboarding
So you booked your first snowboarding lesson and you might still be wondering what your first day will be like learning to snowboard.
Normally the instructor will start by explaining the fundamentals and things that will keep you safe and make learning quicker.
Then they teach you how to strap on your board with one foot and still move around.
This is called skating around and is an important beginner technique to learn.
Then they progress onto teaching you other skills such as heel slides, how to stop and go, leaning, toe slides and eventually turning.
One importanting thing to remember on your first day snowboarding is that you will be falling alot.
Your first day will probably be spent falling down over and over again.
Just remember not to try and stop your falls with your hands because you can hurt your wrists.
Don’t worry about looking like a beginner. Even great snowboarders were beginners once and had to fall down and learn how to snowboard at one time.
When you first start your lesson it’s normally done on a flat area or on a very small bunny hill.
Eventually after getting better at all the basics, the instructor will finally teach you how to ride the lift and come down one of the actual ski runs.
After you have been down your first run you have pretty much learned how to snowboard.
To get better at snowboarding you will just have to keep practicing and spend as much time on your board as possible.
What to Wear Your First Day Snowboarding?
The most important thing beginners can do to learn snowboarding is to come to the first lesson prepared and ready for the day.
Make sure that you are wearing the right clothing, and have all the required essentials to make your first day of learning to snowboard safe and comfortable.
You should be wearing a base layer to keep you dry. A mid layer to keep you warm, and an outer layer to break the wind and keep moisture out. Also, you need to have gloves, long warm socks, and a helmet.
Don’t forget to wear sunscreen even on a cloudy day, because it is actually really easy to get a sunburn when out in the snow.
You can also bring snow goggles and chapstick.
Having all essentials will make sure that you stay, warm, dry, and comfortable so that you can spend your first day putting all your focus on learning how to snowboard.
Check to see if your boots and board is included in the lesson package. When you are just learning it’s best to just use what they provide.
While you are learning to snowboard you don’t want to borrow a board from a friend or buy one.
The ones that are given as an option with the lessons will make learning to snowboard easier because they will be beginner boards with the proper boots and binding.
How Do I Get Over My Fear of Snowboarding?
You might be feeling scared about learning how to snowboard. This is normal and expected when you are learning something new.
To get over your fear of snowboarding you will just need to actually do it. Try to stay relaxed and not put too much pressure on yourself.
The more time you spend practicing you will learn more skills and become more confident.
Give yourself time, don’t pressure yourself, and just try and have fun.
It can be hard to get through that first stage of learning how to snowboard, but after you get the basics down you will be so happy you didn’t give up.
Can You Learn to Snowboard at 40?
Yes! You can absolutely learn to snowboard at any age. Just because you are a certain age doesn’t mean that you cannot learn how to do something new.
If you want to learn to snowboard don’t let your age discourage you. Just go do it. We only live once and so we should always be trying new things.
That is what makes life exciting!
Make Learning to Snowboard Easier
To make learning how to snowboard easier and stress free there are a few things you can do while planning your first trip up the mountain.
When you are scheduling your beginners snowboarding lesson you might want to do it on a weekday if possible.
Weekdays are just much less busy and it will be easier for you to focus when there aren’t so many other people around.
Make sure that your board and bindings are included in your lesson package.
Also, make sure that you have all the proper clothing and essentials that are listed above before you arrive at your lesson.
Just plan on the first few days being a bit difficult.
Don’t get discouraged. While it can take some time and patience for beginners to learn snowboarding, before long it will be easy and fun.
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