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Snowboarding, the sport of the Few, The Foolhardy, and the Thrill Seeking. Not for the faint of heart or the weak of knee.

 

Snowboarding

 

Snowboarding is an amazingly fun sport that requires excellent balance and reaction speed. There are many different places to snowboard and ski the best of which are out west and along the east coast. These places include:
Aspen - one of the best-known sites
Mammoth Mountain - California
Vail - Colorado (This “company” owns several mountains scattered throughout the rockys)
Mt Baker - Washington

These are just a few of the hundreds of beautiful resorts and basic mountains open to snowboarders and skiers throughout the winter months.

Here are some common snowboarding terms that may help a new snowboarder:

3, 5, 7, 9 – Acronyms for a 360, 540, 720 and 900 spin in the air.

50/50 – When the board rides straight down (nose first) a rail or box.

Backcountry – Terrain outside of resort boundaries with no marked trails and natural obstacles like trees and cliffs.

Goofy – Riding with the front foot forward or facing down the hill.
Grab – To grab either side of the snowboard in the air with the right or left hand.
Grommet (Grom) - Refers to a small, young snowboarder.
Halfpipe - A U-shaped snow structure built for freestyle snowboarding with opposing walls of the same height and pitch.

Kicker – Large jump with a manmade or natural ramp.
Cruiser Run – A mellow, smooth trail at a resort where the riders take it easy.

Corduroy - The tracks left by a snow cat grooming a trail that looks like corduroy pants. Clean, fun turns are made on corduroy terrain.

Chatter - Vibration of the snowboard resulting from high speed, tight turns, and/or icy conditions. Chatter is undesirable and common with soft boards at high speeds.
Chute – A narrow strip of snow bordered by rocks, cliffs and tight trees.
Camber - The amount of space beneath the center of a snowboard when it lays on a flat surface and its weight rests on the tip and tail. Camber gives a board spring and pop on groomed runs. Reverse camber or rocker is the opposite of camber where the weight rests on the center of the board, rather than the tip and tail when laying flat.
Buttery – A term used to describe a snowboard with good flex.

 

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