Three Tips for Safe Snowboarding
Wax up your board and get your winter gear ready, it’s almost snowboarding season! As a ski resort that hosts a variety of ski events and snowboard events, our team at Whitecap Mountains Resort would like to formally welcome all boarders young and old to our picturesque Upson acres! With plenty of trails of a variety of difficulty levels, friendly staff, great ski resort food and a fun bar, Whitecap has it all, so carve up some powder and spend the day, week, or even month at our ski resort hotel!
When you’ve had your fill of the slopes (If that’s even possible!), feel free to try your hand at any of the other winter activities we offer, from snowmobiling to snowshoeing. Looking for something more low-key after a high-adrenaline day on the mountains? Kick back at the wine bar and chillax your cares away!
There really is something here for everyone, so what are you waiting for? Book your trip today!
I’m a New Snowboarder. What Do I Need to Know?
First of all, don’t feel embarrassed or shy—Whitecap Mountains Resort welcomes skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. When we say there’s something here for everyone, we really mean everyone, even people who have never touched a snowboard in their life.
Consider snowboarding lessons (some people may find skiing easier than snowboarding) to learn the basics or hone your skills. We offer quite reasonable rates, so book your times today and add a touch of educational fun to the ski resort trip of a lifetime!
Aside from our recommendation of booking lessons, you could benefit from reviewing some basic boarding safety rules before heading out onto the slopes. While boarding is a blast, it’s a blast that must be enjoyed mindfully and courteously. You’re not the only one on the slopes, after all, and keeping yourself safe often means that you keep others safe as well. You don’t want to be that guy, who ignorantly does something dangerous and ruins not only his own vacation, but others’ too.
Mind the Right Of Way
Just like when it comes to driving a car, certain skiers and boarders on the slopes have the right to continue as they are, while others must yield to their passing. While when first learning to drive, this concept, called the right of way, can often feel shrouded in mystery, even the youngest boarders can grasp it on the slopes.
If you’re behind someone else, no matter how fast or slow anyone is going, it’s your job to stay in control and avoid them. This goes for people behind you, too—you have a right to board in peace, without constantly looking over your shoulder. Stay alert and mind the terrain and people in front of you so you can give everyone the space they need on the slopes—and so others can return the favor.
Do You Need a Helmet to Snowboard?
We know, we know—so many snowboarders have luxurious locks, and wouldn’t it be nice to feel the wind in your hair as you careen through the powder? We hate to burst your bubble, but helmet use is a basic requirement to keep yourself safe on the slopes.
No matter how skilled or unskilled you are at snowboarding, you cannot possibly account for the behavior of others one hundred percent of the time, nor the unpredictable terrain. Head trauma is absolutely no joke, and there’s no better way to ruin a vacation. You’ll want to remember every shred of time you spend here at Whitecap Mountains Resort. Don’t mess that up by neglecting to wear a helmet!
Watch Where You Stop
You wouldn’t park your car in the middle of an intersection, would you? Of course not, so don’t mimic that situation on a snowboard.
If you need to stop your board for any reason, do so in a way that does not obstruct the flow of oncoming “traffic.” Also try to stop in as visible a spot as possible for both uphill and downhill trail users.
Again, you’re not the only one on the trails, so be courteous to others and refrain from, at the very best, scaring the pants off of anyone. You’ll be much safer for it!
Book Your Snowboarding Trip at Whitecap!
Now that you’re armed with safety knowledge and ready to hit the slopes, we’d like to formally invite you to see what our ski resort is all about! To learn more about snowboard lessons, lodging, or anything else, please contact us online here or call 715-561-2227.