Snowboarding is a winter sport where a rider stands on a snowboard attached to their feet and descends a snow-covered slope. It’s a popular recreational activity and also features in competitive events.

Description and How to Do It

Snowboarding involves balancing on a snowboard while sliding down a hill or performing tricks in a snow park. Riders turn and control speed by shifting their weight and adjusting their stance on the board. It requires skill, balance, and an understanding of snow conditions.


  • Physical Fitness: Improves cardiovascular endurance, leg strength, and flexibility.
  • Balance and Coordination: Enhances body balance and coordination skills.
  • Outdoor Enjoyment: Offers the excitement of outdoor winter activity.
  • Mental Health: Provides stress relief and mental relaxation.

Best Age to Start

Children can begin snowboarding around the age of 6 or 7, though some start even younger.


  • Websites: International Snowboard Federation for competition and technique tips.
  • YouTube: Channels with snowboarding tutorials and gear reviews.
  • Movies/Documentaries: “The Fourth Phase” (documentary), “Out Cold” (film).
  • Books: “The Illustrated Guide to Snowboarding” by Kevin Ryan (available on Amazon).

Equipment and Costs

  • Snowboard and Bindings: $200-$600.
  • Snowboarding Boots: $100-$300.
  • Helmet: $50-$150.
  • Lift Passes: $50-$100 per day or $300-$1000 for a season pass.
  • Snowboarding Lessons: $50-$100 per hour.

Starting Tips

  • Start with lessons from a qualified instructor to learn basic techniques.
  • Begin on easy slopes and gradually progress to more challenging terrain.
  • Practice regularly to improve balance, turning, and control.

Recommended Practice Frequency

Regular practice, ideally 2-3 times a week during the snowboarding season, is recommended.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Master advanced snowboarding techniques, including carving, freestyle tricks, and off-piste riding.
  • Participate in snowboarding competitions or events, if inclined towards competitive riding.
  • Exhibit proficient and safe snowboarding skills in various terrains and conditions.

Famous Snowboarders

  • Shaun White
  • Chloe Kim