While I love snowboarding, and typically know what to do, sometimes it's easy to forget what not to do. Here I have compiled a list of a few "lessons" that are worth refreshing on. Especially, as snowboarding season quickly approaches.
1. Not Looking Uphill Before Crossing a Trail
This can prevent some unwanted bruising and you will avoid an awkward, unpleasant encounter with a complete stranger. Be a courteous boarder, look up before crossing.
2. Not Drinking Enough Water
HYDRATE. HYDRATE. HYDRATE. Mountains suck the moisture right out of you. This is why it's crucial to remind yourself to drink water. However, when snowboarding, we don't always have immediate access to a water source. This is why it's important to drink enough BEFORE you feel thirsty. Once you're thirsty, it's too late.
3. Eating Too Much During Lunch
This is a big mistake. Although ski lodge food is usually the bomb diggity, most boarders know it is unwise to stuff your face during the lunch break. Save the big meal for supper and eat all that you need, not all that you want for lunch. With that said, it's also important to consider the types of food you are eating. Of course a bacon cheeseburgers and fries are delicious, but that source of energy will only leave you feeling lethargic and slow. Stick to something lighter such as chili or soup. My personal favorite is the salmon chowder bowl.
4. Not Wearing A Helmet
I used to be pretty guilty of this one. It took me one concussion, but I can now confidently say that I am a proud helmet wearer. Trust me, concussions are not fun. Do the best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones, wear a helmet.
5. Stopping Mid-Trail
Unless you want to be laid flat out, do not stop mid-trail. I realize this one is a no-brainer, but it happens more often than you think. This will likely result in you hurting yourself AND someone else. If you happen to fall mid trail, do your best to get out of the way or get back up as soon as possible.