I've never actually been yet, but for my Birthday this year I'm going to go. I live in Arizona, so I think snowbowl is my best option right now, also I don't want to buy too much expensive gear for now. I've always wanted to get into snowboarding but but my family never did, and I'm finally getting on my own enough to go.
Right now I'm looking for any advice for beginners, better resorts to check out in the AZ/CA area. Any cheap(<150$) equipment I should get that is easier than renting, and any essential information I should take with me on my first time. Much appreciated.
What's your total gear budget, and what do you already have of the list above?
What's your height / weight / boot size?
Most are suggesting renting board/bindings/boots. I generally agree, unless you can find a used deal on a setup. Keep in mind that rentals will be around $35-$40 per day. A very cheap, meaning about the same quality as rental gear, setup will be at least $400. Used can be cheaper, but buyer beware, you can get crap too.
I'm going to be going for either a day or a weekend to start, then a few more times before the season is over. I have a jacket,gloves,pants, and hat.
I'm 6'1 roughly 200lbs size 11 boot.
I definitely plan to rent a board and bindings, figure it will make it easier to try out different boards to find one that fits me best. But I've read a little bit that boots fitting incorrectly can make it harder to learn, so I don't know if I should just rent boots to start, or buy a pair that fits me very well. Probably a 200$ limit for gear for the first trip.
Also as a beginner should i worry about a helmet? I figure i will eat it a few times and don't know the dangers of not wearing one.
For me, a helmet made the difference between sticking with snowboarding or quitting. On my second time out (no helmet), I caught a heel edge and smacked the back of head on hardpack so hard that I was out for a few seconds and in a daze for about a half hour. I came very close to quitting forever that day.
But when I got home, the stubborn asshole in me got online, bought a whole setup including a helmet. The first run on my next time out, I did the SAME EXACT THING, only this time the helmet lessened the blow enough to make it no big deal. Needless to say, I ride with a helmet EVERY time.
You will find other opinions of course, but mine is to wear one.
Get a helmet. do you have friends that have snowboard helmets you can borrow? if not a good on sale helmets like smith,giro etc would work. If you are just renting for now,their boards and boots will be the same so hope that you would be comfortable with their boots. LESSON is definitely a priority.Also,since you have never snowboard before you need to stick with their rentals until you get the basics down. Snowbowl should be just fine,never been there but seen some vids. They have a long straight groomer that will be ideal for beginners. Hope you have a HAPPY birthday and enjoy your first time snowboarding
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