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Monday, November 16, 2009

Switching To Snowboarding After Skiing

Posted by patrick

By Kevin Gillett

If you want to snowboard after doing skiing, then the first thing you have to do is to understand the difference between the two sports. The main difference is that a skier stands on two separate skis while a snowboarder stands on a single snowboard. If you have done skiing, then you must already be aware of how it feels to slither across the snow with some equipment attached beneath your feet. Now with snowboarding, you will have to learn how to balance yourself on a single board instead of two skis.

While skiing, you have to put your body weight on both the skis attached to your feet that may stand apart from each other. But in snowboarding, you have to balance your body weight on an edge of the board and keep yourself balanced. As you are not given any poles to hold on to in snowboarding, you may take some time to get used to it. To deal with this, the first thing that you need to learn is how to fall without getting ourselves injured. We may fall several times while learning snowboarding, but we can only become an expert snowboarder if we learn the art of falling safely.

Bindings in skiing and snowboarding are different too. Skiing has standard bindings while snowboarding has two different kinds of bindings: the first ones are used with the boots which are straps that bind your foot to the snowboard by going over your boot, the second type of bindings are step-in bindings which are mostly used for high performance snowboarding and are available with quick release lever also. If you are purchasing step-in bindings for snowboarding, then you will also need to purchase special step-in boots made by the same manufacturing company.

While transiting to snowboarding from skiing, you will need to adjust with the stance too. In snowboarding, the snowboarder has to stand on the snowboard with his feet sideways in the surfing position. Basically, there is no standard stance for snowboarding and you yourself have to choose the distance between both your feet and their degree of angle.

A skier may be very fast at learning snowboarding because there are only a few adjustments that he will have to make. You can take some snowboarding lessons also through which you will quickly gain confidence for riding on the snowboard and you will soon be shredding through the mountain trails without tumbling.

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