Snowboarding involves descending a snowy slope on a snowboard. As a beginner, you need to ensure that you are wearing appropriate clothing to protect yourself from potential harsh weather conditions while on the mountain. If you're unprepared, wind, low temperatures, moisture and other conditions can cause discomfort and ruin your trip. Lack of preparation can also be physically harmful.
A pair of waterproof snowboard pants is necessary, especially for beginners. Novices are likely to fall many times trying to balance on the snowboard. Wearing waterproof pants will keep you dry and comfortable as you continue to navigate your way around the snowy slopes. Snowboard pants come in a variety of styles and colors, and they can be costly. Start with a basic pair of black pants, and focus more on practical features like fit and functionality rather than colorful styles and brands.
Choose a lightweight, waterproof snowboard jacket to stay warm, dry and comfortable. Look for outer jackets that are windproof, waterproof and feature breathability. Snowboard jackets should be able to withstand the conditions of snowboarding. Ensure that the fabric is of good quality, the seams are closed with tape and water cannot penetrate. Zippers should be covered, and the inner layers should be water-resistant as well, so check that waterproof materials are used throughout the jacket. If you already own a waterproof winter jacket, there is no need to purchase a new one. If necessary, you can also use layers of wicking clothing underneath for added warmth.
Gloves are necessary to keep your hands warm. As a beginner who will probably fall a lot, you are likely to use your hands to get up from the snowy ground and prop yourself back up. Choose insulated waterproof gloves to prevent cold, wet hands during your first time on the slopes.
Article Written By Rona Aquino
Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.