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« on: April 02, 2013, 02:00:03 PM »
hose of us who partake in outdoor sports undoubtedly love the outdoors, nature, and care about the environment. Therefore, it is good to know which companies to get winter gear from that share our love for Mother Earth. Which companies should you buy from if you want to support those that are environmentally friendly? Here’s a list of green 10 companies and how they reduce their carbon footprint:
- Patagonia: Outdoor clothing company that is well known for its commitment to the environment. In addition to using recycled and sustainable materials in production, they also support environmental causes around the world and was an early leader on sustainability.
- REI: Outdoor product retailer of sustainable products that come with ecoSensitive™ labels that help consumers easily track items made from a high percentage of recycled, rapidly renewable and/or organic fibers. About one-fourth of all REI locations are supplied by green energy, six of its buildings are LEED-certified. REI’s environmentally friendly policies trickle down to the employees, who are encouraged to be green with biking and public transportation incentives.
- GAIAM: A very green, environmentally focus retailer that coined the term LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) and has long been a leader in providing green lifestyle solutions. GAIAM specializes in fitness products, certified organic cotton/natural fiber bedding and apparel, renewable energy solutions, eco-gadgets and household items that help consumers reduce their environmental impact, save money and increase efficiency.
- NAU: Portland, Orgeon based NAu is an urban outdoor apparel company specializing in clothing made from sustainable and durable materials. NAU products are shipped in envelopes made from up to 50 percent post-consumer recycled content and they donate 2% of every sale to humanitarian and environmental groups.
- Kohl’s Department Stores: Kohl’s gets 100% of its electricity from renewable sources, including from biomass, small-scale hydroelectric, solar and wind.
- Timberland: Applauded in the apparel industry for its green product index, which recognizes the climatic impact, chemical use and resource consumption associated with manufacturing their products.
- EarthTec: A clothing company that makes almost every single article of clothing from recycled materials, making it one of the most sustainable companies around.
- American Apparel: US based retailer that provides customers with nontoxic versions of its most popular clothing styles with its 100 percent organic collection. It also supports the Cleaner Cotton Campaign, which buys California cotton that uses fewer chemicals and non-GM seed. American Apparel’s downtown L.A. factory furthers the environmental cause with solar energy usage that saves more than 1 million kilowatt hours of energy each year. To pass on the environmentally friendly behaviors to their employees, the company lends out bikes and provides employees with subsidized bus passes.
- Nike: The popular sports company continues its mantra “Just do it” when it comes to being good to the environment. The company is expanding its 100% organic cotton line and heavily promotes recycling. Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program has allowed the company to recycle over 23 million pairs of athletic shoes that have been made into more than 300 sport surfaces.
Author's Bio: Richard Larson is blogger and Brand Manager for GoPromotional.com, the UK’s leading eco gifts supplier.
« on: March 29, 2013, 11:48:23 AM »
Europeans need not travel afar for good riding. Let's look at ...Best Places for Snowboarding in Central and Eastern EuropeW
hen the snow comes you can tell those of us that have a keen interest in skiing and snowboarding. Where most people become a little less cheerful and begin to bemoan the shortening days and the chilly mornings, we have a small, but not insignificant, smile on our faces because we know the fun that can be had with a tall mountain and a foot or more of fresh powder and we don’t ever want the weather to warm back up. So, where can we take our boards and enjoy the season? Because it is always too short, we need to have a piece on where to go posted. Luckily, here’s one we made earlier.
Forget Olympic Valley in California and Aspen because it takes ages to get there, costs a small fortune and there is better on your door step, well, maybe not better, but still really quite good.
for example, here you will find a plethora of places to strap on a board and hit the slopes. It might not be the cheapest country in Europe to enjoy the snow but hey, you get what you pay for and in France you pay a lot and get a lot in return. So if you are new to the sport then look to the slopes around village 1650 in Courchevel. This is not only one of the fairest priced French ski resorts but the slopes are also perfect for beginners. However, the best resort in France for snowboarding would have to be at Avoriaz, as this is where they have all of the fun things that make our sport great.Austria
might not be quite as popular as France but it is close on its heels and closing fast. This is largely down to the growing popularity of resorts such as the picture perfect and tiny Alpbach or the perfect wide open slopes above the tree line at Mayrhofen, which is perfect for boarding in fresh powder after a recent snowfall. For boarders, Mayrhofen wins, as it has a great terrain park and is particularly popular with powder hounds.
When it comes to Switzerland
, then there really is only one place to consider and that would have to be Davos. Here you get the choice of 5 mountains and a terrain park with two halfpipes. It is an excellent spot for freeriding although at the weekend it can be extremely crowded.
And this takes us finally to the spot where the snowboarding might not be as spectacular but at least you can afford to have more time on the slopes. Bulgaria
is the perfect place for those that have to board on a budget; as previously stated, you tend to get what you pay for and Bulgaria is very cheap. That said, the resort of Bansko offers good accommodation, lots of nightlife and great boarding opportunities when the snow falls, so boarding on a budget has to be better than no boarding at all.About the author: Teresa Jens is from Denmark and lives in Aarhus with her husband, three kids and two dogs. She is also a proffesional blogger and writer. You read more about her trips (or like they say in Denmark rejser) on her blog - www.channelvoyager.com.
« on: March 26, 2013, 12:55:27 PM »
If she doesn’t know how to snowboard, teaching your girlfriend could be a great way to score some points
. There would be plenty of opportunities to be cute with her and show her how to balance and lean to change directions. She probably won’t pick up right away, which makes for some great laughs and memories. Seeing snow in itself is a great experience if she hasn’t seen snow before. She’ll be happy to share such an awesome moment with you.
To the inexperienced, snowboarding may sound daunting, but there are many easy slopes around the country shaped for beginners. Slopes vary in steepness and complexity of obstacles and ramps. When she gets the hang of the basics you can move on to more challenging courses, and if you’re a fan of snowboarding yourself- you’ll have many fun days ahead of you. Nothing beats the feeling of soaring through the air after a jump, or the adrenaline rush of boarding straight down a slope. The gut feeling of speeding downhill is irreplaceable. Snowboarding is thrilling and traveling is exciting in itself, so if your girlfriend is willing, you should definitely teach her how to snowboard.
Teaching her to snowboard will take longer than a day, and she’ll definitely need to practice. If you don’t live near snow or big slopes than a trip of about a week would be necessary. That would give you plenty of time to spend time together and put a lot of hours in on the slopes. If you’re lucky enough to live around snow, then you can set a regular schedule to go out every day and share breakfast or lunch together.
Snowboarding is certainly challenging, though, and definitely requires coordination and physical capability. If you’re looking to spend quality time with your girlfriend, snowboarding could definitely offer some amazing dates, but it’s not a safe choice unless you know she’s up for it
. If she wants to try, but she is not a physically active person she’s going to be extremely sore after snowboarding. This is something you should consider and possibly plan accordingly by setting up a relaxing date for the following day. If she really doesn’t have any athletic experience, snowboarding might not be an endeavor to try and pass on to her.
Find out if she’s up to it, and if not, there are always other close options like tubing and sledding. You could take her sledding or sightseeing around the vast mountain landscapes. Sledding and tubing offer the same chance at feeling the adrenaline rush of sliding downhill. It’s super easy and really doesn’t require any experience. Some tubes and sled hold more than one person, sharing a ride with her down hill might be the best thing you could give her.
Overall, you should definitely take your girlfriend snowboarding at least one time. Realistically if your young and healthy enough to try it, you may as well give it a whirl. At the end of the day, it's a great memory to look back upon one day and it's something she will never forget. Good luck gentleman! This article was written by P.J. Leimgruber, personal injury advisor and avid Snowboarder with RueZiffra.com
« on: March 22, 2013, 11:02:44 AM »
hile Australia doesn't offer as many opportunities to snowboard as Europe, Canada or the US, dedicated snowboarders can experience a number of excellent Australian resorts that cater to their needs. Nine resorts can be found in the mountains of Victoria and New South Wales. Except for Charlotte Pass, they are all fairly easy to get to via air, bus, train, car or car hire. If driving yourself, remember to bring snow chains; there is a steep fine for entering ski areas without them. Following are some of Australia's finest snowboarding resorts:Snowboarding in VictoriaMt. Buller
With Melbourne just three hours away, Mt. Buller is one of Australia's most popular and busy snowboarding destinations, especially for day-trippers. Buller can boast of more than 80km of runs over 300 hectares of mixed terrain, which will please riders of all skill levels. Wombat and Little Buller Spur are two favorite runs. With 22 lifts and 260 snow guns, there is always somewhere to ride. On weekends, however, lift queues grow long, particularly on days when there's fresh powder. The lodges and hotels are plentiful and generally excellent.Mt. Hotham
Many snowboarders claim Hotham is the best snowboarding in Australia. It is also one of the highest alpine resorts in the country, topping 1860 meters at the summit, and boasts gorgeous views of the Victorian Alps. Hotham offers some excellent long runs and backcountry access. About 20% of the terrain is appropriate for beginners, and the rest is evenly divided between intermediate and advanced slopes. If you book ahead online you can avoid most of the queues.Falls Creek
With more than 90 runs and 5000 beds of accommodation, Falls Creek is the largest of the Victorian snow resorts. It is also home to the Kangaroo Hoppet, Australia's biggest winter sports event. Falls Creek is divided into five main areas for snowboarding, and most are at the intermediate level. Because of its size, however, the terrain for beginners and advanced riders is plentiful and the snow has a reputation for reliability. Snowboarding in New South WalesThredbo
Thredbo is a favorite among free riders and offers some very steep, very fast runs. Its terrain is the steepest of all Australian resorts. “Thredy” puts a lot into their terrain parks, which include a variety of rails, jumps and tubes, as well as the latest training tools. The longest run in Australia, the Crackenback Supertrail, is here. Thredbo Alpine Village, which was designed to resemble a European ski town, has some of the best apres-ski and nightlife.Perisher
Perisher is considered to be Australia's most family-friendly resort. Made up of four sub-resorts and seven mountain peaks, it is also huge. A visitor would need several days to experience all that Perisher has to offer. Its size guarantees that all skill levels and styles are provided for. With five terrain parks, a superpipe, and a tubing park, there is something for every rider. Access to the resort is by road or by parking at Bullocks Flat and catching the Skitube Alpine railway, a six-kilometer tunnel that goes beneath the mountains.Charlotte Pass
Charlotte Pass is an uncrowded and isolated resort that can only be reached during snow season from Perisher, via over-snow vehicles. Because of this, Charlotte Pass can boast of being the only car-free resort in Australia, and all accommodations are ski-in, ski-out. There are two terrain parks at Charlotte Pass, one for children and one with jumps and rails.Selwyn Snowfields
Selwyn Snowfields is a tiny little resort located in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. The biggest run it can boast comes out at 800m. Visitors can take advantage of their 11 lifts in various forms, including chair lifts and t-bars. With the small runs, Selwyn is a good place for beginners to cut their teeth. The closest major city is Canberra, so it's probably worthwhile flying into Canberra Airport is coming from overseas or outside of ACT/NSW.This has been a guest post from Skedaddle Car Hire, your Aussie travel experts. Check out their site for more info on these exciting skiing destinations.
« on: March 19, 2013, 02:23:11 PM »
Sometimes "being careful" just isn't enough. There are always unforeseen circumstances when out sliding on teh snow with others.Wearing a helmet at the mountain probably saved this guy's life...
Last Saturday evening I was skiing at Granite Peak in Wausau Wisconsin. I was off the run’s drop and on the runoff making turns concentrating on my hips and outside leg when something went wrong. Quickly I was on the snow and detected a ski release, I do not know what happened it just happened. Fortunately, all was well and then BONK bonk on the head!What was that bonk? It was gravity bringing that ski back to earth straight on my head! Guess what? Aside from the surprise of the bonk I was quite okay.
It takes brains to know to preserve them. Wearing helmets is a good idea.
« on: March 19, 2013, 02:13:41 PM »
SIA Snow Show January 30-February 2, 2014http://siasnowshow.snowsports.org/
Colorado Convention Center
The SIA Snow Show, January 31- February 3, 2013 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, delivered the largest, most concentrated and authentic trade event in the snow sports industry. It was the first time globally that the styles, technologies, innovations, culture and energy of snow sports for 13.14 were presented. Industry professionals met to engage in business, networking opportunities, parties, brand events and seminars to feel the true essence of snow sports.
Look forward to seeing you at the 2014 SIA Snow Show.ON-SNOW DEMO / SKI-RIDE FEST
February 3-4, 2014
Winter Park Resort, CO — Alpine, Snowboard, AT, Backcountry
| Monday, February 3|
Tuesday, February 4
February 3, 2014 (1 Day Only) 9A-4P
Devil's Thumb Ranch, CO — Cross Country, Snowshoe
On February 3 & 4, 2014 the industry will head up to the mountains for the On-Snow Demo/Ski-Ride Fest
at Winter Park Resort and Devil’s Thumb Ranch. In conjunction with Western Winter Sports Reps Association’s (WWSRA) Rocky Mountain Demo and in partnership with Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA), buyers can try out the latest gear for ski, snowboard, AT/tele, backcountry, cross country and snowshoe while all other attendees can get some time on the hill with the brands, reps and media.
« on: March 17, 2013, 03:07:29 AM »
Women's Snowboarding - What New Snowboarders Need to Know to Limit InjuryBy [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Shawn_Jones]Shawn Jones
More women are picking up snowboards every year and heading for the mountains, but many also go unprepared. While snowboarding is a fun sport and can be safe, new snowboarders can take several steps to help minimize the chance of being injured during their initial snowboarding experiences.
'm a huge snowboarding nut! I love it! I've snowboarded for more than 15 years and have more snowboards than I can ride in a day. And one of my favorite aspects of the sport is women's snowboarding. I love seeing the growth of the number of ladies on the hills and watching this sport grow into a truly gender-equal activity.What's the State of the Snowboarding World?
Traditionally, men have dominated snowboarding, but the number of women snowboarders is growing.
The percentage of women snowboarders rose from 23 percent in 2002 to 27 percent in 2006, according to the National Sporting Goods Association.
While competitions, such as the Winter Olympics, split men and women into separate heats, many experts think women and men can compete side-by-side in snowboarding. There's not many sports that can say that.
Despite snowboarding's growth among women, there are a number of things new lady snowboarders may not know before they hit the slopes. Here's a few things to consider in order to best enjoy your first snowboarding experiences.How To Limit Chance of Snowboarding Injury
Some snowboarding professionals say that potential boarders are sometimes turned off to the sport because novices often spend their first few days on a board falling and incurring bumps and bruises. Some people even injure themselves, leading them to never pick up a snowboard again.
Taking a few steps to protect yourself against injury can help you avoid any negative impressions of the sport and help you build a strong relationship with boarding for years to come.
Here's a few of those steps:1) Start exercising
: Helping strengthen your muscles before taking your first run will aid you in developing balance, which is an incredibly important part of successful snowboarding. Regular exercise, even just a daily five-minute walk around the block, will also help condition your body to help you cope with less oxygen at higher altitudes and train your body to send oxygen to your working muscles.2) Get the right snowboard size and clothing
: Purchasing the appropriate snowboarding gear, whether it's a snowboard or a jacket and pants, can be a true advantage to a new snowboarder. Ask a snowboard shop clerk what the right size snowboard is for you. Typically, most riders should look for a board length that reaches from the floor to between their chin and nose. A longer board provides more stable riding, while a shorter board makes it easier to turn and perform tricks in the snowboard park.3) Wear a helmet and wrist guards
: Helmets aren't for nerds or sissies. Wearing a helmet, pads and wrist guards can protect novice and pro snowboarders alike from sustaining a serious boo-boo. Helmets today are stylish and lightweight while providing strong protection for your noggin.4) Eat a healthy meal and drink water
: High altitude snowboarding on mountains can speed up the process of dehydration. Although you are surrounded by frozen water, cold temperatures often such the hydration out of the air, and all that snowboarding your doing is also working your muscles. If you don't stay hydrated, your muscles could be more apt to break down at moments where you need them most. If you have a pocket big enough, bring a small bottled water with you on the slopes.5) Take a lesson
: There's no shame in taking an hour lesson from a snowboard instructor. That's what they are their for. A typical snowboarding lesson costs between $10 and $30 for a 1-2 hour session. Snowboarding tutors will be able to teach new snowboarders the correct form for each rider's preferred riding style. They can also tell you the best parts of the mountain to ride!In summary
Women's Snowboarding is an awesome sport and more and more ladies are joining the ranks of snowboarders each year. If you're new to snowboarding, there's a number of steps you can take to get ready for your time on the mountain.
To make sure you will enjoy your initial snowboarding experiences and continue to snowboard for many years to come, make sure you outfit yourself with the appropriate equipment and you take steps to limit the chances of injury. If you can follow these steps, you'll be on your way to a successful snowboarding hobby in no time.Shawn Jones
Women's Snowboarding Enthusiast [http://www.womenssnowboarding.org/]
Article Source: [http://EzineArticles.com/?Womens-Snowboarding---What-New-Snowboarders-Need-to-Know-to-Limit-Injury&id=1485782] Women's Snowboarding - What New Snowboarders Need to Know to Limit Injury
« on: March 14, 2013, 03:53:29 PM »
Many apps are used for snowboarding. Everything from generic tracking of speed, elevation, and milage (My Tracks, GPS Sport Tracker) to music apps (Pandora, Spotify) to keep grooving. Which ones do you like to use?
« on: March 12, 2013, 05:59:05 PM »
« on: March 12, 2013, 05:58:38 PM »
Top 5 Snowboarding and Ski Destinations in Western Europe
estinations become renown for a variety of factors. Some of them are discovered while some are launched as new attractions. During winters, there are two kinds of places that travelers can visit – one for skiing and the other for sightseeing.
But what if you can have both? Luxury travelers that frequent these top five snowboarding and skiing destinations in Western Europe know that they are in for some breathtaking sights as they ski down the frosty white slopes.Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
This is the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics and Chamonix is known for its snowboarding and skiing destinations. There are five ski areas in the valley including the Mont Blanc north summit. What better way is there to begin your luxury ski destination than to visit Western Europe’s highest peak? There is always something for everyone at this luxurious French hub. Advanced riders and skiiers will find a wide array of technical runs that will surely test their abilities. Troodoos Mountains in Cyprus
This is normally a sunny area at the Mediterranean Island but it gets its share of snow during the winter season. This is the sole ski resort in all of Cyprus so you have to reserve early to enjoy any of the four slopes.
Family Run, a part of the ski area is great for snowboarding and ski beginners. Sun Valley offers other areas where skiiers and snowboarders can build a bit of their confidence before they take on greater heights. Les Deux Alpes and Other Luxury Resorts in France
Austria may be the birthplace of skiing but France is the sports’ adopted home. There are more than 200 skiing resorts all over the nation and most of these are world-class. Sure, this may not be your budget ski resort but the extra fee that you shell out is surely worth it.
Many UK snowboarders and skiiers visit France for their ice fix which means the resorts are filled with English-speaking people. If you are looking to socialize while steadying your feet on the snow, it is best to begin at the Lex Deux Alpes which is just 90 minutes from Grenoble. Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany
This ski area may pale in comparison to skiing capitals but it is no less luxurious. While France, Switzerland and Austria top the list of skiiers’ favorite spots, Germany has much to offer in terms of winter excitement.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen was home to the 1936 Winter Olympics and is the highest peak in the nation. Costs are not cheap as an adult lift pass averages $250. Cross country skiing is quite popular at the Black Forest where there are 600 kms of trails. Mount Parnassos in Greece
The country may have 3,000 hours of sunshine each year but it still has great, snowy mountains during the winter season. The nearest ski resort to the city of Athens – and the biggest one at that – is Mount Parnassos. There are over 20 runs on its terrain and there are snow schools and ski hire.
If you want to enjoy Greece during the colder seasons, then you can also stay at the local towns or villages. The area is archeologically rich so you are hitting two bird with one stone – you get to ski as you also enjoy Greek culture. About the Author: Delilah is a travel writer for AV8Jet. She enjoys snowboarding during the winter season and water skiing over summer.
« on: March 12, 2013, 11:47:11 AM »
hen you think of adventure sports, snowboarding is one of the top sports that come up in your head. Among adults, snowboarding has always been a popular sport, but children today are not far behind. Kids love snowboarding and enjoy the excitement and thrill that fills them while practicing this sport. Your child can start learning snowboarding when he/she is 7 years old.
Snowboarding mainly depends on motivation, if your child is motivated and excited to learn snowboarding at a young age, don’t stop him. Motivated children are better learners. Snowboarding when compared to skiing is easier for children to learn and is more thrilling than the latter.
The feeling of going up the mountain and sliding down on the soft powdery snow on a snowboard is very thrilling. It is this thrill that pulls people; especially children towards this sport .There are many snowboarding destinations around the world that are always crowded with enthusiasts. Children need to be properly equipped with safety attires before they start. To make sure your child has fun when snowboarding, check for all safety measures before letting your child get into the snow. Here are a few ways to get started on making your child enjoy snowboarding, that will keep him/her motivated.1
. Cover your children from head to toe and keep them warm. Your child needs to wear full sleeved jackets, pants, socks, boots, woolen gloves and sweaters. Young children can keep falling so make sure your child is properly covered to avoid getting frost bite.2
. You can buy or rent a snowboard for your child to practice. Buying or renting, both are smart options. Buying will help your child to keep practicing at regular intervals. Renting is a convenient option because when your child out grows the gear you can go ahead and rent a bigger gear for him.3
. When buying a snow gear for your child, choose a soft, all-mountain board that reaches chest height, this is a good gear for a beginner. Ensure that your child has a good quality helmet for good protection, and keep encouraging and motivating your children.
Your children have your constant love and understanding, but there are many unfortunate children who do not have the love and care of both the parents. If you know single parents who are facing trouble in financially securing their children, you can ask them to call child support phone number
for help. About Me :
Sophie Samuel is a blogger from London in UK. She loves kids and therefore loves to write articles related to children. As a single mother, she took up writing as her profession to meet the educational expenses of her kids and the family. She says that child support agency has helped her much in upbringing her kids and she recommends the same to any single parent looking for guidance.
« on: March 11, 2013, 10:13:40 AM »
« on: March 06, 2013, 01:44:46 PM »
Guest Post by: Chris:L
et’s face it, organizing dinner with friends can be challenging enough. But when you’re thinking bigger, like a weekend or weeklong snowboarding trip, many more variables come into play. Here’s 5 ways to help control costs for your next boarding trip.5. Survey the Budget
For those friends that you want to go riding with, see how much everyone is willing to spend. This means on accommodations, on travel (plan/gas/car rentals) and on lift tickets. Figuring out the ballpark range here and first can help you save much time and allow you to better focus your search to only locations that work with the price range you and your friends are looking for.
4. Book Flights Early
Book a flight early. Certain airlines like Southwest may allow you to book and cancel a reservation at no extra charge as well. Another thing to consider when booking is what the airline policy is with luggage. While a ticket from Carrier A may be $20 cheaper than Carrier B, if Carrier A charges $50 for oversized luggage, you’ll end up spending more to ship your boarding gear. Additionally, try to book the same flights or same flight times as friends. Doing so can help you save on cab fare to and from the airports as you get to and from your destination.
3. Allocate Money Towards Snacks, Food & Drinks
Food adds up quickly, especially if you're buying a sandwich here and a soda there when on the slopes. Before you know it, you’ll end up spending $20 or $50 on food that might not necessarily keep you full or taste that delicious. Designate someone to be responsible for food for the trip and to stop by the grocery store when they land. What would I recommend they purchase? Milk, Cereal, Energy Bars and ingredients for sandwiches such as PB&J or Turkey & Cheese Sandwiches. These foods should allow you to stay energized on the slopes and easily fit into your backpack or camelback as you ride.
2. Seek Out Student Discounts
Many mountain resorts in the US offer student discounts. For example, Mammoth Mountain in California offers a student season pass that is over 50% off of the regular price of a season pass. Search online or call the resort to see what they can do to help you save money. You’ll be surprised; sometimes simply asking nicely can score you some nice small discounts either on lift tickets, meals or drinks.
1. Call Restaurants Ahead
Has it been a slow evening, or has it been a slow snow season in general? Call restaurants ahead of time and pit them against each other. Talk to the manager and see if they’ll be willing to offer your party a discount or throw in an appetizer if you guys head there for dinner.
Best of luck with these tips! If you know if any more tips you’d like to share, feel free to add them below!
About the Author:When Chris isn't snowboarding, he's guest blogging for YourSash.com, a leading provider of custom graduation stoles and sashes.
« on: February 21, 2013, 05:29:42 PM »
One of the most common questions I get from first-time snowboarders is, "Do I need to wear wrist guards?"Snowboarding Wrist Guards may be a good idea to protect your hands, wrists and forearms from damage
-- especially when the snowpack is very hard. When first learning, you can expect to have numerous falls; slams where you place your palm down to catch yourself. Although this is not the correct way to fall down, it's hard not to react like this due to human nature.
Popular with beginners (who fall down a lot more than experienced riders) those with weak structures or prior injuries to the lower extremities of the arms find wrist guards helpful as well.
Some people claim that wrist guards can be dangerous in other ways, exposing fingers in unnatural ways. Other critics say that wrist guards promote bad habits like not falling properly.
On the flip-side, although it seems to me that not many snowboarders do wear wrist guards, those who do swear by them. Just check out some of these quotes from riders:
"I always wear wrist guards and they have saved me from breaking my wrists countless times."
"I'm glad I wear wrist guards because I've landed pretty hard a few times and I'm sure they've saved me some broken wrists."
"I didn't wear wrist guards for my first 5 or so years of snowboarding, then one year I caught my edge going off of a kicker and had to choose between my neck and my wrists."
One good thing about wrist guards is that as far as protective gear goes, they are relatively cheap. You can find some from manufacturers like DaKine
. Personally I like the looks of the Bern
ones since they are softer and built in to the snowboard gloves -- but they are quite a bit more expensive.
In conclusion, snowboarding wrist guards are certainly a superb option for beginners, those with prior injuries, or anyone who feels more confident using them "just in case". And since the most common snowboarding injury by far is to the wrist, I can see why many would want to go with them.
Compare pricing on snowboarding wristguards.
« on: February 18, 2013, 10:38:46 AM »
Alley-oop - Typically performed on a quarterpipe or in a halfpipe, is a spin maneuver performed in the opposite direction of the air. For example, spinning clockwise while traveling right-to-left through the air on a quarterpipe, or performing a frontside rotation on the backside wall of a halfpipe would make the spin an alley-oop. It is sort of like a revert with an extra 180.