Snowboarding is a winter sport. It involves players starting from a higher point on a snow covered hill or slope and descending towards the lower ground while standing on a polished wooden snowboard. Unlike many other sports such as curling and cricket which require a team to play, snowboarding can be enjoyed without the need of a team. All you need is your gear, yourself and some snow.




A snowboard with strap-in bindings
In this sport, you will need to use a snowboard in order to glide on the snow. A snowboard is a long flat board with curved corners and with straps on one side for the rider to strap to their shoes. For snowboarding, you will need a snowboard, a helmet, wrist guard, goggles, snowboarding clothing, and protective gear to protect you from the cold weather and any injuries if you fall. If you are a beginner and are not sure whether you will like the sport or not, try renting out the snowboard and protective gear from a nearby sports supply store instead of purchasing. The basic thing you need to know before snowboarding is that you need to know how to maintain body balance as if you were standing on an almost frictionless surface without having the ability to move your feet. Snowboarding has developed various styles and the most common styles today are freeride, freestyle, and racing. The easiest style of all these is freeride and is used by beginners and riders who simply want to enjoy snowboarding without having the knowledge of performing complicated tricks and sharp turns. A player simply rides downhill on snow while performing tricks and turns. In the other two styles, the rider uses manmade terrain features such as rails, bumps and sharp turns to complete the track.




A beginner
Some basic rules you need to be aware of are:

1) Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

2) People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

3) You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.

4) Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look up hill and yield to others.

If you are just beginning to enjoy this sport of if you want to try it for the first time, the best place to try it would be at a small recreational snow hill. The city of Brampton operates the Mount Chinguacousy during the winter time where you can go and enjoy this sport. Check your city’s official website for places where you can enjoy this sport in your area.