How to Ski/Snowboard for the first time


First Timer’s Guide to Skiing/Snowboarding

There’s a reason more and more people are embracing skiing and snowboarding. Perhaps it’s the adrenaline rush or the feeling of being out on the slopes. Whatever the reason, snowboarding is incredibly fun and easier to get into than you might think. As a first timer, however, it’s crucial to know a few tidbits about skiing/snowboarding before you catch the next flight to Sapporo. That’s why we’ve prepared this brief beginner’s guide to skiing/snowboarding.

What Equipment Do I Need for Snowboarding/Skiing?

The chances are that you’ll not delve right in deep as a first timer. At the very least, you’ll have to invest in a good pair of ski boots and snowboards. Of course, there are lots of pieces of equipment you may need to make your first snowboarding adventure more comfortable and much safer.

Should I Buy or Rent the Equipment?

Most ski resorts like Niseko allow you to rent just about any skiing/snowboarding equipment and gear for a small fee. If you buy a holiday package, for instance, the odds are that it’ll be inclusive of equipment rental. The bottom line is that it’s best to rent equipment for your first time snowboarding/skiing outing rather than buy.

What Clothing and Gear Do I Need to Pack?

Again, it’s recommended to rent skiing/snowboarding gear as a first-timer. Even so, you’ll need to pack warm and appropriate clothing. Here’s a checklist of what you’ll need:

  1. Gloves: Keep your hands warm and keep frostbite at bay with a cozy pair of gloves or mittens
  2. Base Layers and Water-resistant Trousers: These are both equally essential for warmth and comfort.
  3. Ski Boots: get ones that fit you snuggly for better control of skis and snowboard
  4. Helmet
  5. Goggles
  6. Jacket: It should be snow-proof, water-resistant, insulated, and feature lots of pockets
  7. Long thick socks and t-shirt

What Size of Snowboards Do I Need?

Your snowboard’s length is often determined by your ability, height, and weight, as well as terrain. The rule of thumb is making sure that the top is just under your chin.

Skiing/Snowboarding Lessons

You might want to sign up for a skiing or snowboarding class weeks or months before your ski holiday. Make sure to practice as much as possible to get a feel for the real thing.

Snowboarding/Skiing Fitness

You will need a general level of strength and fitness before you hit a snowboarding/skiing trail. Oftentimes that means working on your core and thigh muscles. A few sit-ups, squats, planks, and balancing training will do the trick.

Get the Lift Pass

No skiing/snowboarding planning is complete without buying a lift pass.

These are just but a few things you need to learn to get started in the world of skiing/snowboarding. It also pays to learn the skiing/snowboarding lingo.

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