Personal Check list
Boots __ Gloves
__ Sun Glasses/goggles __
Sun Tan Lotion/Lip balm (both >15 SP/F)
__ Tissue Paper __
Bandana, ski mask
__ Helmet/Hat/Cap/ beanie/ headband
__ Wax __ Snowboard tool kit /
Swiss Army knife __
__ Season pass __ Discount or club cards
__ Layer your clothing to adjust to changing temperatures.
__ Change of clothing for drive home
Tips on Slope Wear
Sunglasses/goggles: 100% UV protection;
amber lens helps in flat light.
light, wicking layer of polypropelene, capilene or CoolMax.
No cotton, or wool if you’re allergic to it (includes sock
& glove liners & headband)
layer: Polartec or other polyester fleece, or wool.
May only need this layer on top, esp. if pants or bibs have
Waterproof/windproof i.e. top & pants or bibs, or all-in-one shell,
waterproof gloves and boots.
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Car Check List
__ Snow Chains (make sure it fits tires and in good
__ Know which tires the chains will go on
__ Tire condition: thread wear, air pressure, lug nuts
__ Spare tire condition and tools for changing tire
__ Ground Cloth when putting on snow chains
__ Items you don’t mind getting dirty from putting on
Spare Jacket, Spare pants (overalls).
__ Ice/Snow Scraper __
Map __ Flashlight
__ Windshield clean and prep, wipers in good conditioned
__ Head/tail lights working and cleaned
__ Battery __
Antifreeze in radiator
__ Check board rack: mounting, locks, straps, clamps
__ Tools that may come in handy: Pliers, wrench set, screw
driver set, crow bar
Stretch before putting on board
Make sure you have no wrinkles in the socks when putting on
Goofy is right foot in front, Regular is left foot in front
Front foot is attached first and is last to be detached from
Face forward with two shoulder tips visible from front
Flex at ankles
Running straight on groomed runs stand tall and relax best to
put slight pressure on one of the edges so as to add stability and
prevent wobble and catching an edge.
Practice flat boarding on gentle slope to warm up
Ride perpendicular to the slope when board is in fall line
Front foot has majority of the weight
Use front foot for pivoting
Attaching board to boot: Hold the board on snow with
the back foot boot half on the snow and half on the middle of board.
This will prevent board from sliding on snow as you attach front
boot first. Depending on
Buckle or Step-In you may want to sit down to attach back boot to
Slowing and stopping:
Bring the board across the slope.
Make sure the edge that is facing down the hill is lifted up off
the ground. Try to minimize
the lift height to only slow or stop you.
The higher the lift the more un-stable your balance.
If your hips are
facing down the hill you will be heel edging, if your hips are facing up hill you will be toe edging.
To help with the
slowing down of your speed do a “falling leaf” (shifting your
weight from one hip to the other back and forth)
The Turn: Prior
to your turn make sure center of mass is over the board and allow board
to hit a good flat ride enabling the board to point down the fall-line,
assure center of mass is just behind the front pivot foot (relax the
front foot and adjust upper body to place a bit more weight over the
front foot. This will position you onto the board's sweet spot).
Steer the board and then go onto the edge.
front foot has the majority of the pressure
(weight) for pivoting and the back foot is able to brush to
either side depending on the turn direction.
For right turn ; the back foot
brushes to the left and for a left turn; it brushes to the right.
After the board comes around and points in the correct direction then
even out the weight distribution on the two feet allowing for carving along
the entire length of the board's edge.
Which edge (Toe
edge or heel edge) in a turn depends on the direction of the turn and if
your regular foot or goofy:
Regular foot: Right turn –
Toe edge, Left turn – Heel edge
Goofy foot: Right
turn – Heel edge, Left turn – Toe edge.
For advance boarders unable to make a clean toe side turn try turning the hips
so that the side of the leading hip is facing in the
same direction as the front board tip.