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Articles / The Uncovered Snowboarding Resorts of Asia
« on: July 04, 2013, 10:20:47 AM »
When it comes to planning a skiing or snowboarding holiday, many people will look at European destinations such as France, Italy and Switzerland. Some resorts in Asia can sometimes be overlooked. Asia actually has some of the best snowboarding resorts in the world with excellent conditions, fresh snow and stunning scenery. The most popular destinations include Japan and Korea, but China is also making its mark on the slopes. Not only do these destinations offer great snowboarding conditions, many of them have brilliant apres ski entertainment and nightlife. Here are some uncovered snowboarding resorts in Asia that are certainly worth a visit.

Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
Niseko is one of the best known resorts in Japan. It has a first class reputation for producing large amounts of powdery snow. This resort is very popular with international tourists looking to get some guaranteed snow at Japans most famous ski and snowboarding locations. The resorts in Niseko are located on Niseko-Annupuri mountain. Snowboarders also enjoy this destination because of the wide range of restaurants and great nightlife. If you love off piste snowboarding then you won’t be disappointed with what Niseko has to offer. Don’t expect lots of sunshine though, what makes Niseko so perfect for snowboarding is its almost constant snowfall.

Appi Kogen, Tohoku, Japan
Appi Kogen is popular with skiers and snowboarders alike. It is located in the Tohoku region of Japan. Appi has 21 slopes and 45 kilometres of runs to try. Appi is not a hotspot for Westerners and there isn’t much nightlife, but if you are happy to sacrifice that in favour of perfect conditions and a unique experience then you will be blown away. They really look after the slopes here and you will find lots of quality long runs.

Mt.Tomamu , Japan
Mt Tomanu resort has 19 pistes and is suited to lots of different types of snowboarders. It is excellent for free riding and freestyle snowboarding. The snow is dry and there are a good range of different terrains. If you have been to lots of different snowboarding resorts in Japan then you will probably know that not many allow tree riding or off piste. Mt Tomanu does allow tree riding and you can go on off piste tours.

Happo One , Japan
If you feel you are ready to take on a challenge and enhance your snowboarding skills then head to the steep slopes of Happo One. This busy resort is best for free riding and has fantastic pistes, making it very popular with westerners. It can get quite packed so avoid the weekends if you can. Happo One has 13 pistes and is probably best suited to intermediate and advanced snowboarders.

Yongpyong, Gangwon-do, South Korea
If you love competitive sport and impressive snowboarding slopes then book a trip to Yongpyong. This resort is firmly rooted in the history of Korean snowboarding and skiing. It is arguably one of the best resorts in South Korea. This resort tends to get quite busy, particularly if you are a beginner. Though it has lots of advanced slopes and fun runs to enjoy. Yongpyong has hosted lots of international competitions including the World Cup Ski Competition. Snowboarders will love the terrain park and range of different slopes available.

High 1 Resort, Gangwon, South Korea
You can tell that High 1 is going to be an impressive snowboarding resort just by its name. The slopes are the highest of all Korean ski resorts, so you won’t be disappointed with the height of the runs. High 1 has 18 ski slopes to explore and plenty of activities and entertainment to fill the breaks between boarding.

Yabuli Ski Resort, China
Yabuli really does cater to the needs of snowboarders. It is home to China’s largest snowboarding park, complete with a half pipe and six jumps. You can really test out your skills and try some challenging jumps here. This pretty resort is about 60 kilometres North of Beijing and is one of the biggest ski and snowboarding resorts in the area.

About the Author:

Ryan is the resident blogger at AsiaRooms. When Ryan is not working he spends his time traveling the globe, drawing on his travel experience and passion for travel to spread the good word. Ryan is also a social monkey and can be found lounging around on Twitter & Google+ and loves to interact with other travel bloggers.

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ChitChat / Any Baby Boomer Snowboarders Out There?
« on: June 17, 2013, 05:41:31 PM »
I know there are a LOT of snowboarders who are Baby Boomers.  Are you?  If so I want to hear from you!

Articles / Top Snowboarding Locations Year Round
« on: April 30, 2013, 01:31:51 PM »
Just because it isn’t winter doesn’t mean that snowboarders have to hang up the board and gear for the next 6 months. It’s no secret that year round snowboarding can be found on Earth between the Southern and Northern hemispheres plus there are always indoor slopes now. Snowboarding is the world’s fastest growing sport, so if you haven’t tried it yet, it is a great time to learn. Here are some of the top places to snowboard during the spring, summer, and fall.

Spring Snowboarding Spots (Most available winter through spring):

  • Niseko, Japan’s snow season is December through March and is a popular snowboard     destination for Australians since it is in the same time zone and the staff is bilingual and the signs are in English.
  • Baqueira-Beret is a large ski resort in the Pyrenees that offers multiple runs for snowboarders and access to both ski lifts and draglifts. The snowboard season runs all the way through May 5th.
  • Breckenridge, Colorado is listed as one of the best places for snowboarders in the world, citing the super fluffy snow due to the high altitude of the 12,840 feet high mountain with a base of 9,600 feet. For the last 20 years many snowboarding events have been held there. “Breck” as it is known, is great for snowboarding from November to the end of April.
  • Laax is the most famous snowboarding destination in Switzerland and is actually known as “the spiritual home of snowboarders”. Skiers are outnumbered by snowboarders here and you will understand why when you have experience the high jumps and visit Crag Sogn Gion snowpark which is home to the biggest half-pipe in Europe. This park has also recently hosted several European Open championships.
  • Livigno in Italy may be an uncommon snowboarding destination but that makes it one of  the best kept secrets for snowboarders. Livigno is in the northern Italian Alps in a free zone, so it is quite a bargain. It offers wide pistes for beginners and free-riders can explore some of the most beautiful powder fields. Of course, we have to mention the amazing Italian cuisine that goes along with this destination. Ski and snowboard season is November through May.
  • Mayrhofen is a village in Austria well known by boarders as “Big M” It is located 70km from Innsbruck, and is becoming one of the hottest spots for snowboarding in Europe. This place will offer you something unique and special including uncharted territory as there are about 157km of pistes yet to be explored in the Mayrhofen valley. The world class Vans Penken Park covers an entire slope and includes 11 jumps, 34 boxes, and an exciting half-pipe. Snowboarding runs from December to mid-April.

Summer Snowboarding Spots:

  • Arapahoe Basin near Copper Mountain in Colorado has one of the highest altitudes of all the US ski resorts, so there is snow there year round, even in the summer.
  • Port de Soleil in France is situated between Lake Geneva, Switzerland, and Molc Blanc, France and often has snowboarding available even in the warmer months. Its appeal is in the variety of the courses and tracks, plus it boars 13 ski resorts and many charming and beautiful landscapes. Port de Soleil offers more than 650km marked runs, 230 lifts and 14 valleys. So many choices, you can ride a different track every day during your stay there and never ride same track twice.
  • Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia Canada has snowboarding until the end of April and is known as one of the most adventurous snowboarding destinations for all the trees that fill the 8,171 acres of about 200 trails, 37 lifts and 3 glaciers. Snowboard enthusiasts also cite the well groomed tracks, cliffs as some of the reasons that make Whistler one of the best snowboarding destinations.
  • Ski Portillo in Chile is one of the U.S. Ski Team's favorite summer practice destinations. Portillo is for thrill seekers since it has killer steeps, wide-open alpine terrain, and known for its dry powder. The local resort also boasts of amazing views of Aconcagua and the glowing glacial Laguna del Inca. The resort is rather exclusive and only accommodates 450 people at a time so lift lines are virtually unheard of. The season runs June 19-Oct. 2.
  • Las Leñas in Argentina is an amazing summer snowboard destination to consider.  Situated at 7,400 feet about a 90-minute flight from Buenos Aires, it is at the epicenter of the lift-served South American steeps, with rocky chutes and steep open bowls aplenty with 50 degree chutes and ultra-dry powder.
  • Tordrillo Mountains of the Alaska Range in Alaska has packages available through July. There is a great value at Tordillo because in addition to the skiing and snowboarding there is king salmon fishing and whitewater rafting. The luxury packages include your very own chartered helicopter.

Fall Snowboarding Spots:

  • Wanaka in New Zealand features a unique snowboarding experience because of the vast openness with powder white snow for miles. The snow season runs from July to September. Besides the smooth snowboarding, there are glaciers, parks, volcanoes and mountains to explore.
  • Mt. Hood in Oregon is known for snowboarding across the US. The high altitude and glaciers allow for snowboarding and winter activities year round, one of the few spots open in the fall in the US.
  • Zermatt is in Switzerland with the Theodul glacier in the shadow of the famous Matterhorn, stays open for die-hard skiers (and European national ski team training) all summer and you can be guaranteed of snow all year long.
  • Valle Nevado in Chile is less than 40 miles from Santiago and is helping establish Chile as a premier South American skiing and snowboarding destination. The snow at 10,000 feet tends to stick around for most of the year. Newly renovated resorted help to sweeten the deal.

Bio: Jason Hall is blogger and Brand Manager for Budget Car Hire, Australia’s premiere car rental company. He enjoys sharing travel tips and stories.

Articles / Environmentally Friendly Companies to Get Your Gear From
« on: April 02, 2013, 02:00:03 PM »
 Those 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, the UK’s leading eco gifts supplier.



Articles / Best Places for Snowboarding in Central and Eastern Europe
« 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 Europe

When 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.

Take France 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 -

Articles / Should I Teach My Girlfriend to Snowboard?
« on: March 26, 2013, 12:55:27 PM »
Should you do it or not? Teacking your girlfriend to snowboard.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

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 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 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.

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.

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
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.

 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.

Women's Snowboarding - What New Snowboarders Need to Know to Limit Injury
By []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 []
Article Source: [] Women's Snowboarding - What New Snowboarders Need to Know to Limit Injury

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?

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.


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.

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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