Some people think snowboarding is easier to learn than skiing, but while the learning curve can initially be a lot quicker, you can’t stop taking lessons, warns Tammy.
“Snowboarding comes naturally to lots of people, while others find it as challenging as skiing. You can get to an intermediate level quite quickly compared to skiing, but progressing from there can stop entirely unless you take tuition – especially if you’re lacking in confidence”, she explains. “Often people get scared the first time they take turns that require them to point their snowboard down the hill.”
The key to learning to snowboard is keep trying and it will suddenly click into place. It generally takes three days to get confident on a board and Club Med offers five days of lessons. According to a Club Med Ski Travel Expert, a schedule for learning to snowboard could be:
Day One: Introduction to the equipment before learning how to stand on your board and gain your balance. Then you’ll learn how to control speed and steer your board.
Day Two: Learning to link your first turns on the beginner’s slope, improving the flow and gradually getting tighter.
Day Three: Move to the open slopes, putting everything you have learned so far into practice. You’ll also learn about understanding the different types of snow and terrain, and how to adjust your technique.
Day Four: Time to tackle some steeper runs, try a few easy off-piste routes and even learn how to make small jumps.
Day Five: Your instructor will give you feedback on what you have achieved so far and recommend runs and techniques to move on to. You’re then free to enjoy the slopes as a fully fledged snowboarder.