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Snowboarding

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Snowboarding

Anyone heading to the slopes, whether at home or abroad, will face the big choice – skiing or snowboarding. The sport is inspired by a mix of skateboarding, sledding, surfing and skiing. It has been around since the 1920s, when people would tie wooden planks from barrels to their feet to ride down hills, but has come a long way since. There are a number of different types of snowboarding including jibbing, freeriding, and half-pipe, but the most common is alpine snowboarding.

Snowboarding involves a rider sliding down a snowy slope whilst their feet are mounted on a board. Bindings hold specially designed boots in place which, unlike skiing, won’t unclip in the case of taking a tumble. Snowboarders require less gear than their skiing counterparts, with no need for poles, which is extremely useful when it comes to wipe outs in deep powder!

Similar to skateboarding and surfing, boarders control their direction and speed by leaning their body weight in a particular way. Boarders must keep their eyes looking forwards in the direction that they want to travel, rather than at the floor or downhill, as their eyes will lead the rest of the body.

Beginners will start on a flat board with slightly curved tips and should don a helmet and wrist guards before heading to the slopes.

Learners can try out the sport inside an artificial snow dome or on dry slopes. Interested in other snow sports or want to know where you can do them? Check out the full activities list here or find a location near you [HYPERLINK].

Pros

  • Fun winter activity for all ages
  • Quicker to learn than skiing
  • Better than skis on slush and powder
  • Transferrable skills between surfing and skateboarding
  • Culture, community and lifestyle

Cons

  • Lifts can be awkward
  • Limited options in the UK

Training & Qualifications

You do not need formal snowboarding qualifications unless you want to instruct or guide. Expert training and instruction is highly recommended for all levels.

Gear

Snow sports can be expensive for something which you do maybe once or twice a year. Most ski and snowboard schools offer equipment for hire, with different boards available for more speed and control as you progress.

Your own boots and warm winter clothing are sound investments.

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Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre
Alpine Park
Gillingham, Kent
DISTANCE: 31.07 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Skiing, Snowboarding, Tobogganing...
Calshot Activities Centre
Calshot Spit Fawley
Southampton, Hampshire
DISTANCE: 70.17 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Climbing, Climbing Wall, Dinghy Sailing, Indoor Climbing, Kayaking, Powerboating, Skiing,...
Snowtrax
Matchams Lane Hurn
Christchurch, Dorset
DISTANCE: 88.81 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Skiing, Snowboarding...
Ackers Adventure
Ackers Adventure Base Camp Golden Hillock Road
Birmingham, West Midlands
DISTANCE: 99.08 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Canoeing, Climbing, Orienteering, Skiing, Snowboarding...
SnowDome
Leisure Island River Drive
Tamworth, Staffordshire
DISTANCE: 102.28 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Skiing, Snowboarding, Spa Days...
High Action
Lyncombe Drive Churchill
Winscombe, Avon
DISTANCE: 116.74 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Archery, Climbing, Grass Sledging, Kiting, Mountain Boarding, Off Road Driving, Quad...
Adventure Care Ltd
Hill Top Cottage Quarnford
Buxton, Derbyshire
DISTANCE: 140.94 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Jet Skiing, Rafting, Go Karting, Orienteering, Caving, Gorge Walking, Hiking, Climbing, Abseiling,...
Chill Factore
Trafford Way Trafford Quays Leisure Village
Manchester
DISTANCE: 164.86 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Skiing, Snowboarding...
Another World Adventure Centre
Moss Farm Ogden
Halifax, West Yorkshire
DISTANCE: 173.48 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Mountain Boarding, Archery, Paintball, Body Zorbing, Grass Sledging, Low Ropes, Battle Archery,...
Plymouth Ski Slope
Alpine Park
Plymouth, Devon
DISTANCE: 189.24 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Tobogganing, Skiing, Snowboarding...
Llandudno Ski Slope
John Nike Leisuresport Complex Great Orme
Llandudno, Gwynedd
DISTANCE: 200.76 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Skiing, Snowboarding, Tobogganing...
Midlothian Snowsports Centre
Hill End Biggar Road
Edinburgh, Midlothian
DISTANCE: 327.83 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Skiing, Snowboarding...
Beecraigs Outdoor Activity Centre
The Park Centre Beecraigs Country Park
Linlithgow, West Lothian
DISTANCE: 338.06 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Archery, Canoeing, Climbing, Gorge Walking, Hiking, Kayaking, Orienteering, Skiing,...
Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre
16 Dumbreck
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
DISTANCE: 345.05 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Snowboarding, Skiing...
Bearsden Ski Club
The Mound Stockiemuir Rd
Bearsden, Lanarkshire
DISTANCE: 350.42 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Skiing, Snowboarding...

 

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