An Unexpected Journey

…………….Enjoy.………………….

……………..The.……………………

……………..Ride.………………….

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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!

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