Best Places to Learn to Snow Board
Skiing and snowboarding are active pursuits that are exciting and energetic. Experienced skiers and boarders look great as they whiz effortlessly down the slopes, twisting and gliding at hair-raising speed. If you long to join the throngs of casual experts, read on for some advice and information on how to go from know-nothing ignoramus to speedy snowboarder in the shortest time possible.
Look for information in your own area before you book expensive flights and hotel rooms in order to learn how to snowboard. Manchester in the UK is home to a large indoor winter sports complex where you can progress from outright novice on their purpose-built beginners slope to advanced expert – with tuition and guidance at every step of the way. You will remain on the nursery slope until you have advanced enough to venture onto the main slope with the experts, but you can continue to receive improver and advanced lessons. They even offer ladies-only lessons for those women who do not want their men watching them and laughing when they fall over!
If a holiday abroad is what you need there are opportunities to learn to snowboard in many countries over the world: from the USA to New Zealand to Europe. Particularly highly recommended for beginners are Geilo in Norway, Les Deux Alpes in France (which offers simply stunning views over the nearby glacier as you learn) Katschberg in Austria, Arinsal in Andorra (which, if you choose the right season to travel, can form part of a holiday where you ski and snowboard one day and play golf and relax on a sunny beach the next!) and Borovets in Bulgaria. Borovets in particular is perfect for novices, offering wide gentle slopes, English-speaking instructors and easy access to hotels after those arduous hours of falling down! Do not be disheartened if you have an inkling that skiing in Bulgaria is not particularly good – this used to be the case but a recent spate of investment and renewals have seen the Bulgarian skiing scene clawing its way back to the top of the European skiing destination polls.
If you are not sure whether you want to learn how to ski or whether you would prefer snowboarding, then you need to consider what it is that you expect from your newly acquired skills. Initially, skiing is easier to pick up, probably thanks to the simple fact that you can use both legs separately. This means that basic techniques like snow-plough (a very controlled – if somewhat ridiculous-looking – method of moving slowly down a slope, where the feet are pointed together so the tips of the skis meet, preventing you from speeding unexpectedly down the hill) can be used when skiing, while snowboarders do not have that luxury. When using a snowboard, even something as simple as using a ski lift can be a bit of a trial, as you need to take one foot out of the board, yet be able to click it back into the grips once you exit your seat – definitely a test for the uncoordinated.
Beginner snowboarders will spend a great deal of time trying to learn how to link turns. This is the practise of changing direction while still in motion and once this is mastered you will begin to have a great deal more fun on your board. It is important to know that skiers tend to move faster, in straight lines and thus will finish a run quicker than a snowboarder who will come down a slope with many turns along the way. Snowboarding is also associated with tricks, jumps and stunts to a much greater extent that skiing. Apart from that, the best advice would be not to overthink things when snowboarding – get out there and have some fun!
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