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A Guide For New Snowboarders Including How To Wax A Snowboard

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Hello there, all you snow-loving peeps! Ever dreamed of gliding down those snowy slopes like a pro? Well, get ready to turn those dreams into reality because we're about to dive into the awesome world of snowboarding! Whether you're in sunny California or dreaming of snowy adventures elsewhere, learning how to snowboard is like unlocking a whole new world of fun! You too can feel this feeling of freedom! So grab some gear, get prepped, and get ready to hit the slopes in style. In this beginner's guide, we'll take you through everything you need to know to get started on your snowboarding journey. Get pumped, because the snowy thrills are waiting for you!

Today, we're diving into the thrilling world of snowboarding out West. Get ready to carve up those snowy slopes like a true Californian shredder! In this guide, we'll cover everything from waxing your board for speed to staying fueled with cheap eats on the mountain. Plus, we'll talk about some of the best mountains in the West where you can catch some epic runs. So grab your gear and let's hit the powder!

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1. Getting Started:

◦ Before we hit the slopes, let's talk gear! You'll need a snowboard, boots, bindings, goggles (usually, your helmet size matches your goggle size. So if you know what size your helmet is, you can reckon what size your goggles will be. For instance, if you wear a medium-sized helmet, chances are a medium-sized goggle will fit you just fine), gloves or mittens (mittens are warmer), a face-warmer, thick socks, and a helmet to keep you safe. Make sure your gear fits snug and comfy.

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◦ Now, let's wax that board for maximum speed! Waxing your board helps it glide smoothly over the snow and makes for an epic ride!

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2. Waxing Your Board:

◦ Find a flat surface to work on, like a table or the floor. Put a large towel which you dedicate to being underneath your board each time you wax, that you can ruin/get dripped wax on.

◦ Use the scraper to clear off any old wax from the base of your board.

◦ Apply the wax in a zigzag pattern across the base.

◦ Use a dedicated iron to melt the wax into the base, then let it cool for about 30 minutes. Moving the iron briskly, and smoothly over the base, don’t stop in one location for too long.

◦ Once cooled, use the scraper to remove excess wax and buff the base with a brush for extra smoothness.

Carving on a snowboard.
Carving on a Snowboard

3. Staying Balanced on Your Board:

◦ When you're ready to shred, strap into your bindings and stand up on your board.

◦ Keep your knees bent and your weight centered over the board to stay balanced and in control.

◦ Practice shifting your weight from side to side and front to back to maneuver smoothly.

◦ Use your arms to help you steer and keep your balance as you cruise down the mountain.

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Do You Even Lift Bro T-Shirt

4. Best Mountains to Shred in the West:

◦ In the West, we've got some of the best mountains for snowboarding! Places like Mammoth Mountain, Lake Tahoe, Big Bear, and Snowbird in Utah, offer epic runs and breathtaking views.

◦ These mountains have a variety of terrain for all skill levels, from gentle slopes for beginners to steep chutes for the daredevils.

◦ Plus, with plenty of snow and sunny days, you're guaranteed a rad time on the mountain!

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5. Staying Fueled on a Budget:

◦ Snowboarding can work up quite an appetite, but you don't have to break the bank to stay fueled. Pack snacks like granola bars, fruit, and sandwiches to keep you going throughout the day.

◦ Many resorts also offer affordable dining options like cafeteria-style eateries or food trucks where you can grab a quick and tasty meal without spending a fortune.

◦ Don't forget to stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle and refilling it at water stations on the mountain.

Scenic views can be had while snowboarding
You'll enjoy all the most excellent scenic views while snowboarding!

With these tips and tricks, you'll be ready to tackle the slopes like a pro and have an unforgettable snowboarding adventure out West!

Well, young shredders, you've come a long way on your snowboarding journey! From learning how to wax your board for max speed to mastering the art of staying balanced on the slopes, you're well on your way to becoming a snowboarding pro. We've talked about some of the raddest mountains in the West, like Mammoth Mountain and Lake Tahoe, where you can catch some epic runs and soak in those breathtaking vistas. And let's not forget about staying fueled with cheap eats on the mountain – because a hungry snowboarder is no fun! So grab your gear, hit the slopes, and get ready for an adventure-packed day of shredding and soaking in the stunning scenery. The mountains are calling, and it's time to answer with style!

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