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Do You Need Snowboarding? Um…Yes.

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Do You Need Snowboarding? Um…Yes.

Earlier I posted about the good vibes harnessed by engaging in board sports. In this post we will dial in with more specificity the high vibe activity of snowboarding.  Indulged in by your lonesome for some solo Mama Bear or Papa Bear time and/or together with your child(ren) this recreational activity is all kinds of fun.

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Snowboarding is epic. It is smooth, it is harsh, it is fluid, it is twisty. Do you need snowboarding in your life? If you are an ambulatory well abled bodied individual who enjoys a supremely high vibe? Then that would be an emphatic YES.

I love surfing because it makes a better snowboarder, just like I love paddle boarding because it makes me a better surfer.

Once you enter a vibe where you are interacting and playing in natures playground, and doing it consistently and well, then the feels of that interaction, with our earth, the elements are some of the best vibes you can harness and can experience on a pure visceral level. I remember when I caught my first wave and felt like I had been touched by the Divine and I was as giddy as a school girl and grinning from ear to ear. That natural high lasted for hours.

I live in Canada and would frequent Blackcomb Mountain to ride. My partner did a heli boarding tour up a mountain and rode down a mountain face in fresh powder. I cannot speak for him but my guess is, that the experience was pretty epic. Snowboarding is fun. FUN and then after that, more fun and epic and then fun again.

At least, that has been my experience.

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Snowboarding Benefits:

Physical benefits of snowboarding

Engaging in the physical activity of snowboarding is a huge win for your body and physical state of being. Stabilizing your body on the board connects you with your centre of gravity and enhances your balancing abilities. Riding a snowboard is comparative to aerobic exercise and really gets your heart pumping, so increases the well being of your cardiovascular system. The muscle training for your legs and lower extremeties and the core work you implement in maintaining balance, control and direction are all an extremely good vibe for your physiology. Pushing up on your arms should you bail, creates resilience and strength in your upper body. Turning and twisting, keeps your core expanded in its mobility. Proves good for your joints and bones as it puts a good amount of weight on your feet, ankles, and knees which yields to strengthening and an avoidance of bone issues as you grow older.

Mental benefits of snowboarding

The mental benefits of snowboarding are empowering. Being able to master or participate in the successful engagement that is the fun activity of snowboarding contributes a great deal to your sense of self and increases your self confidence. It challenges you mentally which expands your neural network wiring and pushes you to dial in your mind body connection to strenghthen your mental acuity and concentration skills. Riding down a mountain covered in snow and doing it with finesse and control and ease, takes a level of mental focus that resonates with the true power of your brain. Learning a new skill and then progressing and maintaining the endeavour, expands your mind. You are capable of doing anything. Snowboarding and getting into that vibe, is a very good mental space to encompass and will elevate you huge!

Emotional benefits of snowboarding

Welcome to a natural happy drug. That’s right! The emotional benefits of snowboarding are a very very high vibe and can be harnessed in nature, the natural way. The use of your body when you engage in riding releases endorphins. That is one fancy word for chemicals up in your brain responsible for feelings of joy, happiness and super good vibes well being. The high you gain from cruising down a massive moutain, in control and crushing it elevates your mood and diminishes feelings of stress and anxiety. Even starting to learn snowboarding can be hilarious. At least it was for me if you can maintain a good sport kind of mindset. The social benefits yield to a positive emotional state, where you can share this experience with your kids, your friends or even like minded strangers you encounter in the great outdoors.

Spiritual benefits of snowboarding

No matter how tired I am or whatever I have going on in my life, snowboarding infuses an energy within me that proves everytime to empower me in Mind, Body and Spirit. I am not a religious person but I am a Spiritual one. Whatever your beliefs or practices in terms of your relationship to the larger and unexplained aspects of our earth and the surrounding Universe, connecting with nature – the mountain – the magnificence of the creation that is the world around us, puts an energy within you that cannot be paralleled. Call it Spirit, call it Divine – call it whatever you want. When you connnect, in deep powder or groomed tracks, amongst the trees or in open space, on the surface of a mountain that sits at nearly ten thousand feet into the vast sky – you will feel and harness a power within that will make you aware of the magic you are surrounded by and that which exists within you. Good times.

Snowboarding starter tips

Snowboarding safety tips 

Wear a Helmet. Always.

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Along with wearing a helmet it is a good vibe to follow the appropriate signage on the hills and respect your fellow riders and skiers by maintaining a decent vibe in your speed and control in the designated areas and understanding that the peeps in front of you have the right of way. Someone in front of you can’t see you coming. Give them some room when you really get going and have to overtake them.

Have a Plan to How You Will Start

It is wise idea to get a snowboard lesson. Now, I didn’t take one and I just bought the gear and toured out on the mountain with the tutilage and support of my beautiful man dude partner who was already an avid snowboarder.

His encouragement and handy tips proved to have me touring down Blackcombe Mountain within a few minutes. I have a history of water skiing, surfing and skiing, so it was pretty easy.

If you are not an extreme sports enthusiast but are healthy and want to give snowboarding a go, then getting a lesson from a trained and experienced professional is a great idea.

If you don’t want to spend the cash on this, then we live in an age where you can dial in a pretty good lesson on youtube – but human connectedness cannot be replicated and your performance cannot be observed or commented on in terms of feedback to help you improve, so a good investment to consider for you and your kids should you be completely new to the sport and don’t have any snowboard enthusiasts in your tribe.

Wearing Snowboard Gear

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Wearing snowboard gear that is going to keep you warm and dry is an investment worth making. Playing on a mountain in the snow and learning to do so can yield to a cold and wet state of being for your body if you are not clothed and outfitted appropriately. Essentially you want to make sure your layers are of good quality and breathable as well as waterproof and insulated with warmth. This makes you comfortable and ensures that your focus is not split or diminished to your discomfort and makes it more fun to engage in the activity of snowboarding with a positive mindset.

Make sure your boots are the right size. I made this error long ago when I misread the sizes and ended up riding with pinched toes, thinking “oh, no pain no gain” but it was harsh and I made it through the day but I was put off of riding because of it, until my man and I deciphered I was wearing the wrong size boots. When I did find the right size boots, I was then fully able to realize how epic and joyful snowboarding actually is. Doing your due dilligence and research on the right gear and the appropriate fit of the gear, is paramount to your success.

Goofy or Regular – Determine Your Stance

This is your snowboard stance. When I was introduced to snowboarding I heard “he rides goofy” I thought it sounded very funny and having a background in animation, and this instance having no relation to the character Goofy, I still kind of hoped that I would be goofy vs regular. 

The term is in reference to your stance on the snowboard. If you ride with your left foot forward, you are regular footed and if you ride with your right foot forward, you are goofy footed.

One way you can determine which foot goes in front, is have someone gently push you back from a neutral standing position. Whichever foot you step back and put your weight on is your strongest and should go in the rear. So if your right foot steps back, your left foot goes in the front and you are a Regular stance.

Master Edge Control

You carve through the snow on the edges of your snowboard. When starting out on a board, you will favour your back edge. This means that your snowboard is not lying flat on the ground but is up and balancing on the edge of the board. Having an awareness of your edges and mastering the movement on and off of them will be an advantageous pursuit. Many an edge I did catch, many a repair my body did need. There is value in control of your edges. You get a feel for it, it’s all good and feels rad when you get up your skill and confidence and start carving out some serious lines.

Look Ahead to Where You are Going

As a beginner at snowboarding it is common to look down at your board.  It is a good vibe to look ahead and where you are going.  This will ensure you are directed and move into the space you want to be moving. Your eyes lead your body’s movement, so if you want to be down on the ground with your board, keep looking there.  If you are into the good vibe of touring down the hill – then look forward and off you go!

Let the Good Vibes Roll

The most important tip I will offer you, is to have fun. You will exert some good energy and you will be in nature’s playground and hopefully with some good friends to enjoy it!  Keep a good attitude and have some laughs with your kids!!

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20 Comments

  1. Oh I so agree with you, um YES indeed!  Snowboarding is definitely a total physical workout.  What you said about the mental aspect is more true than I’d like to admit.  Mastering something that was extremely hard for me was so rewarding and so exhilarating that I can’t even describe it, and spiritual, well God was really with me, I’ll tell you.  What a great article.  I can’t thank you enough!

    • Awesome comment Babsie!  I am so pleased you gained the rewards of mastering a skill like snowboarding.  Good for you girl!  Keep up those good vibes!!

  2. I can’t wait until my snowboarding holidays arrive.

    Reading this really get’s me exited. I hope my skills are still ok after not practicing a long time. This year our smallest will join us as well.

    You have some great products you recommend here. I’m sure she will love the shopping part too 🙂

    Do you think it’s alright to let the 5 year old daughter go for a board right from the beginning or would you rather let her learn skiing?

    • Hey Stefan!  I am excited for you!  Snowboarding is such a fun family activity.  No need to give the skis a go first, especially for a 5 year old.  Kids at that age are very adaptable and resilient and the two sports are quite different in their approach, so beginning as a little snowboarder first is my recommendation!  I hope you all have a really wonderful time and share in some good laughs!  Thank you for your comment!

  3. Hello Rebecca,

    What a great site!

    I especially enjoyed it as you are an actual snowboarder.

    The photos are awesome.

    I live in Thailand so this is something that is a long way from me, but I can imagine that it must be a lot of fun.

    I like that you suggested that beginners get training. I certainly would want it to begin with. I am a diver and those few lessons I had before I got in the water, were life saving later on.

    I am sure this is no different.

    You are so lucky to be able to go snowboarding with so much ease!

    i clicked on the link for the snowboarding equipment. I need to save up before I begin this sport!

    Great article and very encouraging!

    Tim

    • Hey Tim! Thank you for your delightful comment!  Thailand and diving sound like very good vibes!  I hope you are enjoying yourself and if you ever find yourself in Canada or a mountain in which to visit,  I hope you have the opportunity to give snowboarding a go and yes, the gear can use your savings, but one solid investment in some good gear can last you a while!  Have a great day ahead and thank you again for your comment!

  4. Hi Rebecca,

    What a great site you have here!

    I must admit you are so right, everyone should be doing Snowboarding! 

    And more now that we are just heading into winter, I also live in Canada, in the province of Quebec, we already have some snow here and I’m looking for some activities to do during winter.

    Going out and have some fun, it’s always a good plan! I’m going to talk to my husband, and I’m sure he will be interested to read your article!

    I’ll let you know later how our adventures with a new winter sport go!

    •  Mont Saint Anne and Le Massif de Charlevoix are wonderful resorts to visit in Québec as well as being so close to Montréal just an hour north to the biggest resort in the Laurentians, Mont Tremblan. How fortunate! I hope you and your husband have a very fun and enjoyable time engaging in the activity of snowboarding and thank you for your kind words about my site!  Keep up those good vibe and I look forward to hearing of your upcoming adventures!

  5. Hello Rebecca Arnold. I hope you are having a great time snowboarding and thank you for sharing this awesome post on snowboarding and its awesome health benefits. Hummm… I don’t snowboard, besides we don’t have snow here in my country. It is fun watching snowboarding sports on TV and I hope to travel out someday and try it out 🙂

    • Hey Barry!  I hope you do get an opportunity to give it a try. It is so fun and very beneficial to your overall well being.  I am pleased you can enjoy it from afar and if you ever find yourself in the Pacific Northwest, drop me a line and I would be happy to introduce this amazing sport to you and your crew!  Thank you for your comment!

  6. yay! This topic made me happy for a few reasons. I, personally, didn’t enjoy snow sports but I just had a fear of breaking my legs and that’s just me lol. But my toddler on the hand, seems to enjoy adrenaline and heart pumping excersises. I had no tthought about snowboarding as a sport for him to try but now considering it. We have tried the normal basics like to all, soccer, and swimming but he doesn’t seem to enjoy them. Also, when I did try to ski I do remember just staring at my feet, that is great advice and do believe that you can gain confidence from it. My sister snowboards and she has a confidence none of us other siblings do haha. Thank you! 

    • Hey Nicolette!  Thank you for sharing your experiences with snowboarding.  It is great you have a little dude that could get into it. Kids seem to have no fear and with the right guidance, it can prove to be a huge win in terms of physical activity and self esteem building as they grow.  Maybe you and your sis can take him onto the hill and you can have a successful go at it!  Have fun and thank you for your comment!

  7. There is nothing better than taking the family to the hill strapping on the board and feeling the exhilaration of speeding down the hill.   I grew up a skier, when I through a snowboard on for the first time I almost gave up. It was extremely difficult for me originally.  I hope you get to hit the hills a lot this season! 

    • Hey Mike!  It is an entirely different beast than skiing and can prove challenging when you get started for sure. Not a sport for the faint of heart and it sounds like you dialled it in!   My hope is that the information and tips here will make the transition a little easier for anyone open to trying it out. Sounds like you overcame your difficulties and I am grateful to hear you harness and engage in the good vibe of strapping on a board and feeling the exhilaration of speeding down the hill. Thank you for your comment and have fun out there!!

  8. I’ve always wanted to try snowboarding, but haven’t lived in a place that’s really great for it.  We have a lot of snow here, but not much in the way for hills, lol!  But, I would love to try it.  Thank you for the advice in it.  I can totally see how snowboarding would be a great physical activity for the entire body.  Great article!  Thanks!

    • Hey Kaeyoes!  I hope you are able to find a spot where you can engage in snowboarding.  It is so satisfying!  Thank you for your comment and all the best to you!!

  9. OK so i have been considering snowboarding with my teenage son for a while now, a little optimistic about it though as i have never done it before and wasn’t even sure if i would enjoy it. But after reading your article i think i am going to absolutely love it!

    I will take your advise though and invest in a lesson or two 😉 

    • That’s fantastic to hear Dianne!  I hope you have an awesome time and I am happy to know you and your son are connecting through this amazing sport!

  10. As winter arrives in my home town, and the hustle and bustle of winter sports takes a firm hold on the community, I feel a little nostalgic, and even a little jealous.

    We have been living in Central America for 10 years now and we love the tropical climate. BUT, every year as winter approaches “up there”, something tugs at us and we genuinely miss all the winter sports.

    We were never avid skiers, but we would always make a point of going skiing at least a few times every winter.

    I was never able to get a hold of snowboarding, I tried it out on a 30 foot hill, but maybe I needed a longer slope to practice my falling and getting up technique and work on my balance.

    Those who choose the board over the skies, do have a bit of a “air” to them. A certain confidence that permeates from being able to do something on the slopes that not everyone can. A vibe  am not sure I will ever be able pick up… unless we go “back home” during the winter.

    As for the spiritual aspect of being on the slopes, my first time downhill skiing was at Lake Louise on our Junior High School end of year trip. Even though I only had on a pair of jeans and froze my thighs off, I will never forget the majestic scenery of the Rockies nor forget the rush of feeling the wind blow across my face as I “flew” down the mountainside. As far as I am concerned, the beauty of creation is at its best when viewed from the top of a mountain.

    • Hey Mitch!  I empathize with you about the nostalgia. I lived in a tropical climate for a long stretch of time and the only items stored back up North was the snowboard gear. It is definitely a great way enjoy the climates and geographical areas that offer snow and the majesty of the mountains. I enjoyed hearing your tale of your ski adventure as it exemplifies that despite discomfort, the magic and power of harnessing an activity in nature’s beautiful playground is palpable. Thank you for your comment!

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