The Three Types Of Snow Boards
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The Three Types Of Snow Boards

Ski trips are just about any ordinary getaway if vacationers do not engage in snow sport activities such as skiing and snowboarding; hence practically all ski vacation packages feature these two activities and many other sports like snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. All these sports generally require snowboards that vacationers can either buy or rent and use while on holiday trips at their chosen ski area.

There are generally three types of snow boards to choose from.

Freestyle Board – Features curved tips and tail. These snowboards are shorter, lighter, and more flexible than the two other types of boards. Skiers and snowboarders find freestyle boards easier to control and are therefore ideal for beginner skiers as well as novices. For the record, most snowboards offered at rental shops on ski vacation destinations are actually freestyle boards fitted with step-in bindings that require soft boots. Advanced skiers and snowboarders also use freestyle boards for jumps, half pipes and tricks.

Alpine Board – This type of board is also referred to as racing board. Its features include curved tip and flatter tail. These are usually stiff and not flexible as these are designed for high speed carving turns. Alpine boards require plate bindings and hard boots and are marketed to advanced riders who can handle both fresh powder and groomed surface areas of the ski resort.

Freeride Board – This type of board features the characteristics of both freestyle and alpine boards and is basically referred to as an all-purpose board. Like freestyle, it is easier to turn but is also guaranteed capable of high speed turns. Being an all-purpose type, it can be used by skiers and snowboarders of all ski levels. Freerides are ideal for beginners who prefer hard boots with plate or step-in bindings.

When choosing a snowboard, consider three things: skiing ability, your ski type, and the ski length. Skiing ability can be categorized into three: recreational, advanced, and expert. Technically speaking, first time skiers as well as those on ski vacations who have yet to master snowplough on gentle nursery slopes are considered recreational skiers. Recreational skiers also include those who have graduated from nursery slopes and have tried skiing on easy Blue runs but have found it a great challenge. Advanced skiers are those who have mastered Blue runs and can now go through many more of the groomed runs and even steeper slopes. Experts are top level skiers who have the ability to ski on and off piste.


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