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Articles / Where to Go Snowboarding in Australia
« on: March 22, 2013, 11:02:44 AM »

While 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 Victoria

Mt. 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.

Snowboard-In-The-Snow-2008Snowboarding in New South Wales

Thredbo

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.

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ChitChat / Wearing a helmet probably saved this guy's life...
« 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.

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Events / SIA Snow Show January 30-February 2, 2014
« on: March 19, 2013, 02:13:41 PM »
SIA Snow Show January 30-February 2, 2014
http://siasnowshow.snowsports.org/
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

 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
 
9A-4P
 9A-4P

NORDIC DEMO
 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.

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Women's Snowboarding - What New Snowboarders Need to Know to Limit Injury
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Shawn_Jones]Shawn Jones

Female Russian SnowboarderMore 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.
I'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

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ChitChat / What phone apps do you use for snowboarding?
« 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?

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Articles / Top 5 Snowboarding and Ski Destinations in Western Europe
« on: March 12, 2013, 05:58:38 PM »
Top 5 Snowboarding and Ski Destinations in Western Europe

Destinations 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-blancChamonix-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.
 

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Articles / Snowboarding: A Perfect Sport For Your Kids
« on: March 12, 2013, 11:47:11 AM »
When 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.

Young snowboarder doing a jump in powderThe 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.

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Articles / Organizing A Snowboard Trip: Tips & Tricks To Save Money
« on: March 06, 2013, 01:44:46 PM »
Guest Post by: Chris:

Let’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.


 

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Clothing and Soft Goods / Wrist-Guards: To Use Or Not To Use?
« 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:

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"I always wear wrist guards and they have saved me from breaking my wrists countless times."


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"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."


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"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 and ProTec.  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.

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Tricks / Alley-oop
« 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.

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ChitChat / Have Fun But Stay Free of Injury
« on: January 22, 2013, 10:34:08 AM »
Hi all.  Have an AWESOME time on the mountain, but also ...

Be careful out there people:cool:
Especially when there has NOT been any new snow for a while.  That is when a lot of upper body injuries take place!
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Snowboarding linked to injury rate rise on slopes, study finds
Fox News

Allowing snowboarders to hit the slopes at one U.S. ski resort led to a small rise in the number of overall injuries, a trend in line with findings at ski areas elsewhere, according to a U.S. report. Injuries rose by 13 percent in the two years after ...


Simple things can be done to help keep you injury-free out there. 
  • For example, when you are falling down, make fists with your hands and bring your arms in.  This will save your wrists and fingers from hyper-extending or getting crunched.
For more on snowboarding safety, see the posts tagged with the term SAFETY.

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Terms / Bindings
« on: January 11, 2013, 05:08:09 PM »
Bindings - The hardware used to fasten ones feet to the snowboard.  The interface between boots and board.  There are two main categories of snowboard bindings -- "soft" and "hard". 

Soft bindings are the most popular kind and are termed for their use with soft boots used in various disciplines like freestyle and all-mountain.

Hard bindings (or plate bindings) and for use with hard boots that look very much like alpine ski boots.  These are used for carving or slalom/GS racing boards.

Soft bindings:

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Tricks / Melon
« on: January 01, 2013, 06:19:30 PM »
Melon - A grab trick performed by grabbing the heel edge between the bindings with the leading hand. A.K.A. Melancholy.

Snowboarder performing a Melon air grab

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