This article originally appeared on AndresManuelOlivaresMiranda.org on Sep. 6, 2017.
Snowboarding can be incredibly fun, but it’s very important to be safe while participating in this sport. Getting injured is usually the last thing on people’s minds when they go snowboarding and it could definitely put a damper on the experience, so properly preparing yourself is essential. Here are a few tips for snowboarding safety so that you can have a great time in the snow without an injury.
The first thing you should be aware of is how you choose your snowboard. Although snowboard designs can be extremely appealing to the eye, it’s more important to choose a board that’s the most functional rather than stylish. The longer the snowboard, the more difficult it is to control. In the same sense, specialty snowboards make it a bit harder to turn and keep your balance compared to an all-mountain snowboard. So keep that in mind when choosing the size and style of your board.
Proper boots and bindings are crucial to your safety on a snowboard. Softer snowboard boots are easier for beginners and they must be tightly laced in order to provide the necessary support for your feet and ankles. It’s important to choose boots that are actually meant for snowboarding so that they’ll fit into the bindings and function properly. The bindings also need to be properly secured in order to maintain control of the board. Some bindings are step-in rather than strap-on, so be sure to find the proper bindings for your type of snowboard boots.
There can be no talk of snowboarding safety without mentioning protective gear. In an effort to prevent fatal injuries, a snowboarding helmet must be worn and properly fastened. Sunglasses or goggles should also be worn to protect your eyes. Because beginners often fall over when learning to snowboard, it’s important to wear wrist guards so that you don’t hurt yourself when attempting to break your fall. Wrist guards should also be accompanied by gloves and mittens to provide extra support and keep your hands nice and warm while you’re out in the cold.
Remember to always use your best judgment when snowboarding. If you feel that something is too dangerous or advanced for you, simply avoid it until you feel prepared and experienced enough to take it on. Bundle up to stay warm and avoid running into inanimate objects or other people. Follow these tips for snowboarding safety and be sure to have a great time on the slopes.