Snowboarding, the sport of the Few, The Foolhardy, and the Thrill Seeking. Not for the faint of heart or the weak of knee.
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:
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.
Kicker – Large jump with a manmade or natural ramp.
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.