Like the origins of
skiing, no one can really say when snowboarding began.
an ice age human ancestor step on a piece of tree bark and discover
the thrill of sliding down a snowy hill?
doesn't really matter who first put their feet on something solid to slide down a snowy mountain. They quickly discovered that with a bit of practice and balance you can
surf on snow!
For most modern day enthusiasts, snowboarding history only dates back to the 1970's -- when a surfer dude decided to put wheels on a board to ride the concrete wave of a city street. From there, it was only a matter of time before the wheels came off and snowboarding was on -- as skateboarders made their way to a local powder-packed downhill trail.
In fact, if you already know how to skateboard you probably have all the moves necessary for learning to snowboard. And, while not as accessible as skateboarding (where all you need are wheels and a street), shreddin' down the slopes is gaining in popularity, especially over traditional skiing. Quick to pick up on the trend, ski
resorts now offer runs and terrain for skiers
and snowboarders alike.
Around since the 1980's, snowboard terrain parks are now a featured part of many major ski resorts where snowboarders can expect to find a variety of a jumps, jibs, and half-pipes ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced.
Terrain parks have their roots in skateboard parks and have elements that are common to both. The main moves or "tricks" performed by skateboarders depend on the different features which may be completely made from snow (for jumping), or constructed from wood, metal, and/or light-weight polyethylene (for "jibbing").
Sequence photo of a snowboard "nosegrab" jump.
Common snowboarding slang & lingo
Like surfer slang, snowboarders have a language all their own to describe various conditions, tricks, moves and mishaps. Until you're ready to "tear it up" down the slopes like a pro, here are only a few slang terms and catchphrases to get you started at sounding like a real "shredder":
bail - failing to successfully complete a trick carving - turning catching air - jumping from the snow into the air cut - a hard turn face plant - falling face-first into the snow fakie - snowboarding backwards
garage sale - a bad fall in which hat, helmet, and other gear fly off haphazardly (also "yard sale") gnar - rough terrain ("gnarly") grab - a jump trick in which the snowboarder grabs either the front (see photo) or back of the snowboard while airborne jib - any trick or maneuver performed in a terrain park planker - a skier pow - fresh snow (powder) shredding - snowboarding down the slopes stomp -
to successfully "nail" a move tearin' it up - having a great day on the slopes
Snowboarding on the Web:
Around the Web, discover the thrill of learning to snowboard, and catch up on where the latest action is at resorts in the U.S. and worldwide ...
- Great graphics welcome you to a great site. Photos, snowboarding gear and reviews, snow conditions and weather info, articles,
how tos and much more...
- Sweet, simple design and top resources,.along with a kickin' forum and live chat ...
- Just what it says - focusing on the world of snowboarding and
they do mean the world. Events, articles and other information
that you'll appreciate. Check the reviews of the top 10 resorts
if you're a wanderer.
of Snowboarding - English language site based in Germany
has good information and the forum is active. Frames make the
navigation easy, if a bit odd, but the great content more than
makes up for the less than stellar design.