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Snowboarding Tips and Snowboarding History

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Snowboarding means freedom. It means camaraderie. It means pushing the limits. It means riding.

Snowboarding evolved decades ago from creatives all over the world building their ideas of a new kind of snow recreation. Through many years, snowboarding has involved into an incredibly huge sport. While some might look at the sport as an evil against skiing, it has grown to fit in with skiing on ski resorts all over the world.

Snow boarding can be taken to any level one wishes. Want to push a little harder, live on the edge? Then jumping off a 40 foot cliff is an option. Riding the highest mountains and steepest terrain is always an option with the advancement of heli-skiing (helicopters dropping off boarders on practically any peak one could wish.)

However, a beginner can take their time and cruise down the bunny hill several times, or take hours to get down a huge run.

Some describe the feeling of snow boarding as ultimate bliss. Navigating through trees in inches of powder on a board is a feeling everyone should experience. It clears the mind of everything but pure enjoyment.

The Debate: Snowboarding or Skiing?

Since the invention of the snowboard, there has always been tension between skiers and snowboarders. Boarders are looked upon as the crazy punk radicals who board too fast and out of control, ignore common on-mountain yielding etiquette, and do the craziest tricks.

The opposite view from the boarder’s eyes: skiers are always wearing fancy gear and trying to be the fastest.

It seems the tension between boarders and skiers is a pointless conflict. Some are still serious about. Others which just joke around for fun.

History of Snowboarding

1920s - Early Evolution

Evidence of a man cutting out pieces of plywood and using them as a snowboard came up from the late 1920s. This was the first known use of anything like what we would call a snow board. He applied horse reins to the front of the plywood to give support and direction while sliding down the hill sideways.

Snowboarding Tips and Snowboarding History


The next indication of snow boarding was not for 30 or more years when a Michigan man in the mid 60s screwed two skis together as a Christmas gift invention for his daughter. This became known as “snurfing” and proceeded to evolve over the next decade.

The later 60s and early 70s proved a major step in the evolution of snowboards. Names such as Jake Burton and Tom Sims popped up to make major design changes to the popular snurf board. These two could be called the modern day snowboard originators. Tom Sims, owner of Simms Snowboards today, ideas resulted from skateboarding, which was also another very new idea in the 70s.

Also in the early 70s a company named Winterslick was created, based on sliding on cafeteria trays down a hill. This company had more influences from surfing.


The early 80s showed more development of snowboards – by using ski technology on boards. P-tex was applied to the bottom of snowboards, and by the mid 80s, Sims had modified the board to include a metal edge.

In 1982, Vermont held the first snowboard race.

Because of the increasing popularity of snowboarding, many ski resorts throughout the country were against them. Thinking of snowboarders as punks who skateboard and surf during the summer months, there was a very huge separation of skiers and snowboarders.

This prejudice against snowboarders resulted in most mountains not allowing boarders. In 1985, only 6% of mountain resorts allowed boarders.

Not until 1989 did major resorts start allowing snowboarders to ride their lifts.


History of Snowboarding

Snowboarding Tips

Take a Lesson

Although many people consider themselves “too cool” to take a snowboard lesson, step back and reconsider. Lessons will help you with the proper form from the beginning. No breaking bad habits or bones in order to try and teach yourself. Self-teaching is possible and many do it successfully, but a couple hour lesson can never hurt.

Are you Regular Footed or Goofy Footed?

A good test if not sure whether goofy or regular footed is to have someone push you unexpectedly from behind. Whichever foot moves forward to stop you from falling is your dominant foot. Therefore, if your left foot goes forward first, you’re regular footed. If your right foot goes first, your goofy footed.

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice makes a better snowboarder. The bunny hill is not a bad thing. Everyone starts out there. The first few days is going to hurt. Falling is inevitable in snowboarding, so maybe those bum pads are a good investment.

Even higher levels of boarding require practice. Tricks aren’t landed the first try and jumping in the air is a totally different feeling all together. It takes lots of guts to try tricks for the first time. But hey, no guts, no glory.


Learning How to Fall

Falling will happen. Face the facts, and learn how to do it right! Broken wrists are the number one accident with snowboarders, due to the fact that they don’t know HOW to fall. Protecting your body with your hands is an instinctual movement. Trying to soften your fall by distributing your fall weight over your elbows and forearms will help reduce your chances of broken wrists. Staying low to the ground will also lower the distance your body falls to the ground.

Feeling Your Toe and Heel-Side Edges

The toe edge is the point at which your body is facing uphill. The heel edge is the point at which your body is facing downhill.

Transitioning from the toe edge to heel edge is key in boarding. It's usually called linking your turns, when you can transition from toe to heel edge smoothly. It's often hard to feel equally balanced on both your toe and heel edge. Sometimes one edge will dominate over the other and you'll feel more comfortable on that one.

Heel edge

To begin figuring out your edges, strap into your board and face downhill, with your body perpendicular to the mountain. You shouldn't be moving at this point. Then start to angle your board downhill so you start moving downhill. You should get the feeling of how moving your feet affects your speed and direction of your heel edge.

Toe edge

Now repeat the process, except with your body facing uphill, or on your toe edge. Point the board downhill and start to move downward, feeling how you dig the toe edge into the mountain to slow down.

Depending on the instructor, some snowboarding instructors like to teach heel side first and others tend to teach toe edge first. The ones teaching toe edge first say that it's much easier for beginners to get up off the ground if they are facing uphill. Standing up from the heel edge can sometimes be very awkward and difficult for a beginner. The heel edge also requires lots of arm strength. You may feel the soreness the next day.

Linking turns

Linking turns is the ability to point your board straight downhill, turn on the toe-side edge, go straight downhill again, and then turn on your heel-side edge. This skill is essential to progressing into an intermediate or advanced snowboarder.

Linking turns

Linking turns is the ability to point your board straight downhill, turn on the toe-side edge, go straight downhill again, and then turn on your heel-side edge. This skill is essential to progressing into an intermediate or advanced snowboarder.


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