Who would have thought snowboarding has been around since 1929, when Jack Burchett cut out a plank of plywood and secured it to his feet and had his horse pull him. In 1963, Tom Sims, then in grade 8, constructed a ‘Ski Board’ for a class project. Fast forward to the real ski technology for snowboards being introduced by Burton and Winterstick in 1980. In 1982, the first snowboard race was held outside Woodstock, Vermont and the rest is history in the making.
Learning to snowboard is an awesome challenge. Beginner snowboarders must grasp the concept of “learning to crawl before walking & running etc.” Before a snowboarder gets to experience the exhilarating thrill of gracefully linking powerful turns down their favourite slope they must endure the feeling of total helplessness once they strap both feet into their bindings for the first time. Indoor snowboarding and skiing is a great way to learn as you are provided constant feedback on technique by instructors and mirrors.
In a traditional “outdoor” environment, the first step in the snowboarding progression involves learning the basic mobility skills of walking, sliding, straight running & climbing. The early stages of development for snowboarders can be very challenging due to the fact that finding perfect beginner terrain with ideal snow conditions is very rare. Until the basic mobility skills are safely mastered, the beginner snowboarder must repeat the agonizing and exhausting process of hiking or climbing uphill followed by sitting in the snow and strapping into their bindings and sliding a short distance. Over the course of their first 60 minute lesson, beginners spend a lot of time climbing, walking & strapping in and out of their bindings. Depending on the “outdoor” environment, beginner snowboarders often spend several hours or possibly days before they’ve learned the skills of basic mobility and safely riding chairlifts etc. Over my 30+ years of instructing, I can honestly say that gaining access to safe and ideal terrain plays a major role in the rate of development of basic skills. Alpine Indoor Ski and Snowboard Training Centre is a perfect and consistent environment for beginners (and experts). We’re able to adjust the speed and steepness of the slope to maximize every persons learning experience. Learning to snowboard at Alpine Indoor Ski and Snowboard Training Center is up to eight times faster than traditional outdoor environments. Our facility allows our trainers and clients for focus on skill development and time on task. No time is wasted in lift lines or chairlifts. We offer lessons and training for all ages and abilities at Alpine Indoor Ski and Snowboard Training Centre. Our facility offers the perfect physical preparation for your annual big mountain vacation. Please feel free to drop in for a free tour and demonstration and learn indoor snowboarding.
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Alpine Indoor Ski and Snowboard Training Centre