Winter does not have to be boring, keeping your hands frozen in your pockets. Snowboarding in deep powder is the real deal. We can guarantee you fun, unforgettable experience in your lifetime as you spend time on top of snow, capturing images that will do the talking as you take your time on the massage room and the whole world takes a moment to admire the beauty.
However, to have a great experience there are a few rules of the game that you must bow to. Below are 6 tips on how to snowboard in deep powder.
#1. Have the right board
When it comes to buying a board, always consider buying the best quality. Check out for the best shapes, the pros and cons of each board.
We always recommend a board that is fully compatible to your weight and has a raised nose to prevent it from sinking. You can also consider going for a board with a flat nose as this would prevent it from sinking.
#2. Have warm clothes
Remember you will be riding on very moist and cold weather. You can never have fun if you are shivering with cold, so remember to dress warmly.
Consider having a pair of gloves and goggles, this will protect you from injuries.
#3. Know the terrain.
For a great experience, take the time to know your terrain. Finding deep untracked powder is always a great challenge to many snowboarders as we know that the snow levels may either increase or decrease depending on the temperatures.
You might be forced to go for snowboarding early in the morning if you want to have a great experience. As the day dawns finding deep powder becomes extremely challenging and you might be forced to turn your adventure into just following other people’s track and having the most boring day of your life. The early bird catches the worm.
Take time to find out what is under the snow? This will help you know where the rocks and trees are, the paths to use in order to avoid injuries.
#4. Maintain the speed
The only way to have fun, while snowboarding is having speed as your best friend. From what we have discussed earlier, the powder does not stay for long, thus staying in one spot for long would melt the ice which may send you to sink or even cause injuries.
Always maintain a position where your nose is up and most of your weight going to the rear foot which is on the tail. This will have the board in the right position and you will be eligible for fun.
Once you are familiar with the terrain and the path to follow, it is obvious that you can go faster and maintain a good speed.
If you are riding in deep powder for the first time, you may need to look out for a slope that is not very sharp as you go down the slope onto the foothills. This will greatly help you in maintaining your speed.
The position you assume should be comfortable as this will help you maintain your desired speed. Maintaining speed helps reduce resistance on the snow especially if you are riding on a flat terrain. Before you consider changing speed adjust your weight accordingly on the board to avoid injuries.
#5. Making a turn
When do I turn? This is one of the biggest dilemmas while snowboarding whether it is your first time or you are still learning the techniques. While this may feel like the hardest thing to do on deep powder, mastering these tactics that will help you move faster and enjoy the experience.
We always recommend the bounce and retraction technique. You should only turn when your board is almost touching the surface of the snow and then try to make a bounce without changing your speed. You can try this as many times as possible. Practice makes perfect. Turning is one of the basic skills that you must learn if you look forward to becoming a champion.
#6. Getting up from a fall
If it comes easy, it goes easily. Before you start snowboarding it will be important to have an open mind that anything can happen from minor to major injuries. If this is your first time on deep powder we always recommend that you go with a friend or a coach.
You should always strive to have your board on top of the ice, this way no matter the fall you will not get buried in ice. In some scenarios, you might have to consider rolling over and over until you get to a good terrain where you can get up.
If it comes easy, it goes easy. Snowboarding in deep powder can be quite challenging but once you master the tactics you never look back, all the falls and the bruises suffered begin to have a meaning. It can never be a mistake, the feeling you get while floating on ice is just the best.
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Ryan grew up with snow, so he has an endless passion for skiing and snowboarding and everything around these.