Need to know how to snowboard in powder? Snowboarding in powder is a unique experience. Most of us riders enjoy every part of the mountain, but there´s nothing like a bowl full of fluffy powder snow to scratch and turn and dig. The problem is, there are not many days when powder snow is accessible from the lifts. Most of the good powder lines require a sometimes tiring and long hike, but they sure pay off!
To snowboard in powder, you will need:
- A snowboard, ideally wider and taller than the one you would use for all-mountain riding
- Good waterproof clothing and gloves
- A protective helmet and anti-fog goggles
- A safety leash connecting your boot to the snowboard (in the event of a real deep fall in powder snow, it will help. Loss of equipment is always painful, but losing your board in the middle of a ride in the out-of-bounds is sure to be a hazard)
If the powder you´re riding on is out-of-bounds, in addition to the previous list, you will need:
- A riding partner or team. Going out of bounds by yourself is not a good idea.
- An avalanche beacon with probe. It might be quite expensive, but it really helps to find your pals under the snow in the undesirable event of an avalanche.
- A shovel. There´s nothing like it to dig. Also, you can build a shelter with ease.
- An emergency first aid kit, including a blanket and at least two forms of lighters and matches.
- An extra pair of socks. They come in handy when your feet are soaked.
- A map of the area, if possible a USGS topo map.
- A backpack to carry all the mentioned items.
- Basically, the technique to ride in powder consists of riding a little bit further back on your snowboard. This means both setting the bindings to sit in the aft part of the board and making your back elbow go towards your back hip. This way, your board will gain height and be able to make smooth, long turns, avoiding excessive carving.
- You have to find the right binding angle for your own style. You may want your feet to be closer to parallel to the board's axis. With this setting, you'll lose some control in sharper turns, but the gain in longer turns and the feel of speed and flotation are amazing. This is just an idea; you have to find the setting that is right for you.
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