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Snowboarding is a boardsport on snow similar to skiing, but inspired by surfing and skateboarding. Snowboarding is an increasingly popular winter sport throughout the world.

A snowboarder's equipment consists of a snowboard, snowboarding boots, bindings to attach their boots to the board, as well as snowboarding-specific winter clothing.

Snowboarding became a Winter Olympic Games sport in 1998.

Other events that focus on snowboarding are the annual European and U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships and the Winter X-Games. These events are hosted by various winter resorts in Europe, United States, and Canada.


There are four primary sub-disciplines or sub-styles within snowboarding with each favoring a slightly different snowboard design.

Freestyle Terminology

Freestyle terminology stems from the language of skateboarders, which was coined as the sport rose to prominence in the 1970’s. While there are inherent differences between riding forwards on two skis or sideways on one snowboard, skiing has taken a lot of the freestyle terms from its newer brother. So before you can understand freestyle skiing terminology, a bit of an investigation into snowboarding is needed. More on Freestyle Terminology


The snowboard evolved from early pioneering work by people such as Sherman Poppen (who, in 1965, invented the "Snurfer" in his North Muskegon, Michigan home), Chuck Barfoot, Dimitri Mitrovitch, Tom Sims, and Jake Burton Carpenter. More on snowboarding history

Board Components

Boards have evolved over a short period of time to cater to the different styles available to the sport. More on board components


The bindings that attach the snowboard to the rider's feet are securely fastened to the board with bolts that screw into its threaded metal inserts. Most snowboard manufacturers use a mounting system consisting of four bolts arranged in a square or rectangular pattern. Some companies take other approaches. The most notable example is Burton, which has long employed its signature three-bolt system and, more recently, has introduced a two-bolt system on its Un-Inc series of snowboards. More on snowboard bindings


Snowboard instruction is available at almost every ski resort from certified snowboard instructors. Professional instruction is a good way to learn proper technique, safety policies, mountain etiquette and resort rules. Beginning snowboarders, whether young or old, should consider taking a series of lessons. It will not only get you on the slopes more quickly, but will help you feel more confident in sharing that mountain with the other members of the snowboarding/ski community. More on boarding instruction

Getting started

The exact lesson format will be different at each resort but you can expect to learn the following skills:

- Skating or Scooting - Straight Running - Standing up - Side Slipping - Falling Leaf - Garland - Linked Turns - Leg Turning - Flat Basing - Carving - Powder - Freestyle Snowboarding - Ollie - Frontside - Backside - Fakie - Switch - Grab - Rotation


Although many snowboarders do not wear any protective gear, helmets and some other devices are gaining in popularity. Wearing protective gear is highly recommended and is very serious because people have died from snowboarding accidents.

Wrist guards are essential for beginners, but you must learn to fall without using your hands too much, without wrist guards you break your wrist, with them you may break your collar bone. It is safer to fall on your shoulder or hip.

More on boarding safety

Videos and movies

Snowboard videos have become a huge part of the sport. Each season, many different snowboard films are released, usually in September. Production companies work all year developing these videos. More on boarding movies


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Pages in category "Snowboarding"

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