Renting snowboards and snowboarding equipment is a great way to get introduced to the sport. It's also much better than borrowing a friend's snowboarding equipment because, even though borrowing will be less expensive, someone else's snowboarding equipment won't fit you properly.
Renting snowboards also allows you to try out different types of equipment before making any purchases. Since snowboards and snowboard equipment are investments that will last a while and cost a reasonable sum of money, renting to learn what you like and what works best for you is a good idea to consider.
Renting snowboards is easy. Most places that rent ski equipment also rent snowboards.
When renting snowboards, you'll work with someone knowledgeable in the sport that will be able to put you in the size and style that's right for YOU. Expect the snowboard rental operator to:
- Ask your weight. Make sure you tell the truth because this is important in determining the proper type and length of snowboard.
- Ask what type of snowboarding you'll be doing. If you'll be jumping and doing tricks, a freestyle board will be best. A freeride board will be perfect for all types of terrain. If you plan to race, you'll want to use a freecarve style. The type of snowboarding you plan to do will also help the snowboard rental operator select the proper binding.
- Measure your feet. It's the best way to determine the proper snowboard width. And it'll help determine the right size of snowboarding boots.
- Show you how to adjust the snowboard bindings. There are two basic types of binding: step in or strap in. Bindings can be made wider or narrower depending on what you plan to do when snowboarding. This is why it's important to know how (and when) to adjust them.
- Ask which foot you normally put forward. That's the one to put forward when you snowboard to help you balance.
- Measure the circumference of your head so you get a helmet that'll properly protect your head.
Safe Riding Practices when Snowboarding
To help ensure that you spend more of your time snowboarding and less of your time dealing with unfortunate events, keep the following safe riding practices in mind when using a snowboard:
- While snowboarding, make fists with your hands. Keep hands that way, especially when you fall. You'll do less damage to your hands and wrists.
- When falling, roll into the fall. You will spread out the force of the fall rather than having the full impact on one part of the body.
- Always wear a helmet to protect your head from hard surfaces such as trees, ice, and hard-packed snow.
- Wear boots that have been designed for snowboarding. Wearing other types of boots such as hiking boots or moon boots increases your chances of causing injury or breaking bones.
- Stay away from slopes that are icy. If you end up in an area with unsafe conditions, remove your snowboard and side step to a safer area.
- Take along a trail map. Always make sure you stay on posted trails and stay out of areas marked as Closed.
- Always snowboard with a buddy.
- Make sure you know how to get on and off the chairlift/use the towrope.
- Take a break from snowboarding when you get tired.
- Always be aware of your surroundings and always stay in control. These two tips will help you avoid accidents and injury.
- Those in front of you have the right of way. Merge onto the hill only when there's space.
- If you're involved in an accident, one with or without injuries, place snowboard in an upright position. This makes it easier for Ski Patrols to identify the accident scene.