A day on the slopes with your snowboard can be an exhilarating experience. Speed. Jumps. Tricks.
But to get the most out of the trip, you’ll want to come ready with the essential gear. DICK’S Pro Tips is here with the snowboard checklist to help make the most of your day on the mountain.
GEAR AND EQUIPMENT
First, you need a snowboard. You can either use your own or rent a snowboard at the resort. If you rent, you’ll typically have to choose between two types of snowboards:
- All-mountain snowboards: Made for boarders who like to shred and explore the backcountry or groomed terrain.
- Park snowboards: Designed to withstand all of the jumps, turns and grabs you want to make.
If you’re traveling with your snowboard, make sure you use a snowboard bag with enough space. By knowing how to properly pack your bag, you may be surprised how much it can hold.
Dressing for the mountain takes some preparation. Wearing layers will help keep you warm as you board down the slopes. The outer layer or shell can help fight against the elements like wind and snow. You should look for a waterproof and breathable coat and pair of pants. You may also want to pack an extra layer. If you’re too hot, you can always take it off. Depending on the forecast, you might need thick gloves for colder days or thin gloves for warmer temperatures.
To make sure your feet stay warm, pack extra pairs of socks made of a synthetic material or wool. Having an additional pair is crucial in case your feet become wet.
When choosing snowboard clothing, avoid cotton. Cotton can capture the moisture.
A daypack can help minimize your trips to the lodge. The right daypack should have a slim and ergonomic design, an adjustable sternum strap, a waist or hip belt and padded shoulder straps. Your daypack can hold onto items such as hand warmers, resort maps, identification and money.
ACCESSORIES & EXTRA GEAR
Even if you don’t think the sun is going to make an appearance, be sure to bring sunscreen and lip balm any way. Higher elevations can be windy, and the sun’s rays can bounce off the snow and potentially cause a sunburn, so you want to make sure you protect yourself.
Snowboarding can work up an appetite, so pack some snacks like peanut butter sandwiches, trail mix or protein bars to chow down on when you’re on top of the mountain. A water bottle or hydration pack can help you quench your thirst.
If you’re new to the sport, consider some extra protection. Protective gear such as knee guards, impact shorts and back protectors can help snowboarders as they learn to stay upright.
You’ll want to make sure you also have the necessary tuning accessories. A driver ratchet tool can help you retighten your bindings after a day on the mountain or can help adjust them to the conditions. After a day on the slopes, you’ll want to make sure you tune your board to keep it performing at a high level. Check out our guide on how to tune your snowboard for more tips.
Finally, don’t forget your cellphone. It will come in handy if you want to take some photos with your friends and family or in case of emergencies. Just make sure to pack it in a waterproof case.
By coming ready with the right gear, you’ll be primed to hit the slopes and chase some fresh powder.
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