A great day on the slopes is also a safe day on the slopes. Snowboarding safety should be a top concern for both you and others sake. There’s nothing worse than hurting your self on the slopes and putting you off of your board for days or even weeks.
Wearing the proper gear for the weather is crucial for keeping you healthy on the mountain. Wearing too many layers on a warm day or too little layers on a cold day can get you a one way ticket to the ski patrol ER room. Check the weather the day before you plan to ride to see how you should dress for your day of snowboarding. If it is going to be cold wear the proper layers to stay warm and if it is going to be warm out then wear enough layers that you aren’t cold, but you can stay cool and ventilated.
If it is your first day snowboarding then It wouldn’t be recommended to try a double black diamond run for your first run. Green runs are going to be the easiest runs and best for learning. Blue runs are the next challenging after greens. Blue runs will be a bit steeper and may or may not have obstacles such as trees, rocks, or moguls throughout the run. After blue runs come black diamonds. Single black diamond runs are for advanced riders. Only attempt to ride a black diamond if you are very comfortable with your riding. Black diamonds will have very steep grades, moguls, or tree runs along the path. After single black diamonds come double black diamonds. Double black diamonds are to be attempted by only expert riders. Double black diamond runs will have very steep grades, cliffs, unmarked obstacles such as rocks and trees, and ungroomed areas. When you are just starting out start on green runs and work your way up the more comfortable you get with your riding ability.
Falling is a part of snowboarding whether we like it or not. If you aren’t falling then you aren’t progressing. Falling dosn’t have to equal injury with the proper falling techniques. You will have a split-second to react while falling before you slam on the ground. Practicing falling technique over and over will eventually make it second nature next time you fall. While snowboarding, you will typically fall from catching either your front or your back edge. Catching your back edge will send you falling butt and back towards the ground. Catching your front edge will send you falling chest and face towards the ground. A common reaction to falling is to want to catch yourself by putting your hands out to catch your self. Avoid doing this at all cost. Doing that will greatly increase your chances of a broken wrist or hand. When you fall, keep your hands and arms in tucked into your chest. Do not tense up while falling. That will only make muscle injuries worse. Try to stay loose and relax as much as possible when falling to keep those muscles loose.
There will most likely be other people on the slopes riding next to you. Crashing into people can be a day ender for you and the other rider. Be Always looking ahead of you and planning your line. Some people make wider and slower turns than you and you will need to watch out for where they are turning to so they don’t turn into you. Be Always aware of your surroundings and stay in control and you’ll have a person collision free day.
All ski resorts will have rules. These rules are in place for your safety. You can find most ski resort rules at the bottom of most chair lifts and scanning over them while waiting in line isn’t a bad idea. Most of them will be common sense, but others not so common sense. Read the rules of your local resort and obey them to avoid injury and losing your pass.