Step 2: Straight Gliding

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After you master skating and steeping, the next lesson on learning how to snowboard is straight gliding. This technique is used almost every time you go up on the mountain. When you hit the bottom of the ski slope you always have to unstrap your binding and push off with one foot and straight glide to go through the line and get on the chairlift. I prefer to push off with my foot in the back of my snowboard, but some people prefer to push off with their foot in front of their snowboard. It’s important to practice and find out which position you feel comfortable with.

You only need to strap in with one foot and step up the mountain a short distance to master straight gliding, 10 or 15 feet should be fine. Straight gliding is simply placing your foot on the grip, which is located in the middle of your snowboard and gliding down the bunny hill without falling down. Glide down the mountain until you naturally run out of speed, step back up the bunny hill, and practice this until you feel comfortable.

The purpose of straight gliding is to get the feel of moving on your snowboard while maintaining good posture. I find myself using this technique constantly every time I go up. If you slow down or hit a flat part of the ski slope, you always have to unstrap and straight glide to get yourself moving. This video brought to you by the SnowProfessor will demonstrate how to straight glide and give you helpful tips to maintaining good posture.

Note: Check back here where I’ll teach you step 3 of learning how to snowboard!

Note: Check back where I’ll teach you step 3 of learning how to snowboard!

How to Snowboard: Skating & Steeping

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After you get all your rental gear for snowboarding, you should probably sign up for a ski program either at Mt. Rose or Boreal. Both ski resorts will have helpful instructors that can give you hands on lessons for learning how to snowboard. I joined the Sky Tavern junior ski program at Mt.Rose when I was younger and they were very helpful in teaching me how to snowboard. You also have Boreal’s 1-2-3 Ride Free Program, which is intended to take you from a beginner to a life long snowboarder in 1 season.

Now that we all have YouTube, we can basically teach ourselves how to do just about anything just by watching videos. There are tons of videos on YouTube that give you step by step instructions on how to snowboard. These videos give you the same instructions that an instructor would give you if you joined a ski program. By teaching yourself how to snowboard with YouTube videos you can save yourself some money.

I happened to find a very helpful instructional video channel for learning how to snowboard. The channel is called “How to Snowboard” from the SnowProfessor. This first video will show you the very first step of teaching yourself how to snowboard on the mountain. They list this video as step 2 because their first step is finding out if you’re goofy or regular. The easiest way to discover this is by having someone push you in the back. If you step out with your left foot then your regular. If you step out with your right foot then your goofy.  Your first lesson is learning how to skate and step on a snowboard. The SnowProfessor will show you step by step instructions on how to do this.

Note: Check back here where I’ll teach you step 2 of learning how to snowboard!

 

The 5 Best Ski Resorts Near Reno

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Decide the best ski resort for you then…Go Shred It!

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1. Northstar 

Some people may argue with me on this one, but I believe Northstar has become the #1 ski resort near Reno. Others may say heavenly will always be the #1 spot to shred, but Northstar has been growing every year. Northstar is located in Truckee, California. It features an eye popping 7 terrain parks, along with a 420 ft. susperpipe, over 90 different ski slopes, and a vertical drop of 2,280 ft. The best part about Northstar is that it’s only 40 minutes away from Reno. Add another hour onto your trip to Northstar and that’s how long it will take you to get to Heavenly. This is why I put Northstar above Heavenly. http://www.northstarattahoe.com/

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2. Heavenly

Don’t get me wrong, Heavenly will always be one my favorite places to shred. Heavenly is also one of the top locations in the country. It’s located in South Lake Tahoe, California and offers a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe. It features several terrain parks, 94 different ski slopes, and a vertical drop of 3,500 ft. I simply wish I had the money to travel up there every weekend. http://www.skiheavenly.com/

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3. Alpine Meadows / Squaw Valley 

Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley are now one. With Northstar and Heavenly joining up with Vail resorts it has caused others to join forces. This is a good thing! These resorts now offer you a great season pass that allows you to shred two of the best resorts near Reno. They also offer a great shuttle service, which allows you to shred both mountains.

http://www.skialpine.com/  http://www.squaw.com/

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4. Boreal

Whenever I hear the name Boreal, I instantly think of park. Boreal is one of the best resorts for riding terrain park. What many people don’t know about Boreal is that it’s one of the best places to learn how to snowboard. They offer a 1-2-3 Ski free program, which is suppose to train you from beginner to a life-long snowboarder in 1 season. They also offer night skiing, which is a big plus if you can’t make it up during the day. Don’t forget about Freakin’ Friday! College students and active military can ski/ride every Friday for only $15 bucks.

http://www.rideboreal.com/winter

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5. Mt. Rose

Mt. Rose is one of the oldest mountains near Reno  It opened back in 1964, and it still remains one of the best resorts. It’s just 25 minutes outside of Reno and is one of the best places to learn how to snowboard. Heck, that’s where I first learned! It features 2 terrain parks, 60 ski trails, and an 1,800 foot vertical drop.

http://www.skirose.com/

Final Note: Now that you’ve rented your snowboard gear and you’ve picked the best ski resort. Check back for my next post where I’ll teach you the basics of snowboarding

An Unexpected Journey

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I’m just 1 of the 225,000 residents living in the biggest little city in the world. I use to hate this place growing up, but now that I’ve lived here for the past 22 years of my life, it will always be home. I’m not sure how many people in Reno snowboard at the moment,  but I’m hoping to increase that number. My snowboard blog is intended to take you down an unexpected journey to hopefully influence you to give snowboarding a shot. My blog will show you how to snowboard, where to find snowboard gear, and the best ski resorts to shred in my hometown of Reno, Nevada.

The beginning of our unexpected journey starts with finding the best place in Reno to find snowboard gear. It’s important to rent gear first because it gives you a chance to try the sport out without having to buy expensive gear right out the gate. The best place in Reno to rent your snowboard gear is BoBo’s Mogul Mouse located at 475 E Moana Ln.

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I’ve been going to this place since I started snowboarding 10 years ago and they’re hands down the best place in Reno to rent and buy snowboard gear. As soon as you walk in the door, there is always someone there to assist you and help you find what you need. When you walk in ask the person at the front desk that you’re looking to rent/buy:

  1. Snowboard
  2. Snowboard Boots
  3. Snow Goggles
  4. Jacket/Pants/Gloves/Beanie/Helmet

The person at the front desk should direct you in the right direction, so you can get all the gear you need. Renting a snowboard is rather easy, just ask the person helping you for an all-mountain snowboard that is somewhat equal to your height. All-mountain snowboards can be used anywhere on the mountain groomed runs, back country, and even park. If your looking to only ride park you would get a free-style board, but you should learn the basics of snowboarding first on an all-mountain board before upgrading.

Renting your snowboard  boots will probably be the most difficult  part when beginning your unexpected journey. It will be close to impossible to find rental boots that fit you perfectly the first time. You should rent boots that are about a size to a half size smaller than the shoes you are wearing. You want your snowboard boots to feel snug and you do not want your feet moving around. You may be asking yourself what’s so hard about renting snowboard boots? The hard part about renting boots is that it’s nearly impossible to know if your snowboard boots will feel the same when you start using them. Your rental boots may feel good in the store, but when you start using them up on the mountain they might not  feel right. This will cause you to have a miserable day and you won’t be able to switch out the boots till you go back to the store. It’s kind of a guess and check type of game to find the right boots for you. You might be able to reserve the boots at the store, so you can rent the same boots every time you go. If you feel like snowboarding is your thing, I would recommend buying your own snowboard boots and breaking them in, so you can have boots that fit you perfectly every time. A good brand to choose when renting or buying gear is Burton.

Many of the people living in Reno already have jackets, pants, gloves, and beanies for shoveling snow during the winter. These will work just fine for snowboarding,  but you should make sure that they are waterproof or made of nylon to keep water out or you will be drenched and cold after absorbing the snow. I would also encourage you to buy a helmet to prevent the risk of bodily harm from taking a nasty fall, crashing into a tree, or running into another rider.

Once you have all your gear you’re nearly ready for the mountain. Check back here for my next post on the best resorts to shred in Reno! If you scroll down below there’s a link to BoBo’s Mogul Mouse in my blogroll!

The Happiest Place on Earth

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Many people have asked me, “What is snowboarding to you?” The answer I always say to them is, “Snowboarding is happiness”. I sometimes like to think about what my life would be like if I didn’t snowboard, but then I remind myself that without snowboarding I would cease to exist.

Life is what we as humans make of it and most of us go about our daily life doing stuff we hate. The majority of us hate waking up throughout the week for work, but it’s the hobbies that we throw ourselves into that make us live for the weekend. I hate waking up Monday morning for work, but I know that come Friday I’ll be up on the mountain doing what I love to do. It’s the simple things in life that make us the happiest and if we can’t find something that we enjoy, then we will be missing out the essence of life and only focusing on the things that control us like work and school.

My attraction to snowboarding is driven by the freedom it gives you to finally escape from reality. When you strap in for that very first run of the day, you can feel adrenaline rushing through your entire body and then you realize that with this snowboard the sky is the limit. As soon as you start heading down the mountain you can feel your brain shutoff, you stop thinking about life, and begin to live within the moment. This small moment in time is what I love about snowboarding and without snowboarding I would not be able to live a happy life. This is why I will continue to ride until the day I die.