As with all types of sports, including adventure sports, snowboarding is all about progression. Too many misinterpret this as a focus on skills and start snowboarding only to end up doing endless laps, getting hurt and/or frustrated. Ever since Jake Burton started making his eponymous snowboards back in 1977, it was in his best interest to get others to try it, to love it, and to get more and more people to do it. Snowboarding has come a long way since then, so here are a few tips to ensure your first time ‘chasing the pow’ is memorable.
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If building your own snowboard was as easy as following instructions from a three-page article in the back of a magazine, a lot of people would be out of a job. Unless it’s an extruded piece of plastic snowboard found hanging next to tennis racquets, mini footy posts or the latest soon-to-be busted backyard game of the season, every snowboard is made by hand. That’s not just a Burton Snowboards thing either; that goes for pretty much anyone making legitimate boards.
The Victorian slopes will be championing its own bonafide luxury accommodation this year with Astra Lodge taking out Australia’s Best Boutique Ski Lodge 2016 at the World Ski Awards in Kitzbühel, Austria.
The award was presented to the family-owned hotel for its newly renovated ski-in ski-out lodge which showcases exceptional features such as panoramic mountain views, a heated magnesium mineral pool and fine Italian dining restaurant all under the one roof.
Video: Adding to the near-infinite list of things you saw on the internet that you really shouldn't try at home, YouTube's The Hacksmith strapped a couple of jet turbine engines to the back of a snowboard and hit his Canadian snow-covered streets, because when you have a jet-powered snowboard you don't need a mountain.
A couple of years ago the folks at Signal Snowboards tried their hand at making a board with a thin layer of solar cells on top to charge a battery while it careened down the slopes. Not only was their creation a success, it actually worked so well the company decided to put it into production, and it's now available in its online store.
Video: Here's a video that shows the full custom build process for Kindred Snowboards. They plan the design, get the wood, glue parts together, shave it down, add materials, press it together, clean up the edges and do so many things to one board that it may sound boring when you read it but is incredibly riveting to watch.
There's a new snowboard in town. Developed by an Aussie bloke in the back of his shed over the course of nearly three decades, the Cross Board looks like a snowboard met a pair of snowshoes in a dark alley and some things happened. What's it like to ride, though?
Snowboarding is in a decline. The number of riders hitting the slopes is falling every year, and there's little innovation in the range and variety of boards available to beginners and pros. One Aussie inventor, though, has a fascinating and innovative piece of hardware that might change all of that — and it's already out on one of Australia's best snowfields.
There are very few sports you can't play at night, thanks to the magic of gigantic stadium floodlights. But if your hunt for fresh powder leads you to the dark side of the mountain after the sun has set, careening down the slopes blind is a terrible idea. So the ever-innovative folks at Signal Snowboards decided a pair of snowboards upgraded with headlights would be much safer.
Signal Snowboards has made a name for itself — at least outside of snowboarding circles — with its experiments using unorthodox materials to make decks. The company's glass snowboard was surprisingly resilient on the slopes, as is its latest creation which was actually made from recyclable corrugated cardboard.
First and foremost, a good pair of snowboarding boots should get you down a slope safely and with a good measure of comfort. But Nike also wants you to be noticed, particularly if you're competing and need to impress a bunch of judges. So with its latest snowboarding boot — the LunarENDOR QS — Nike's enhanced its iconic swoosh logo with 30 glowing LEDs so that when you're pulling a spiralling Double McTwist 1260, you'll be an impossible to miss swirl of blue.
When Archimedes thought up his revolutionary water-pumping screw, little did he know that one day a group of high school students in Lyon, France, would find a better use for his design. Their Propul-Surf uses a pair of horizontally-mounted screws to push a snowboard through the snow when gravity doesn't provide enough momentum.
Using traditional fabrication techniques, the folks at Signal Snowboards have made decks from all kinds of crazy materials, including glass. But, this month, they're trying out a radically different fabrication technique to see if you really can make a usable snowboard with a 3D printer.
Strapping your feet to a board and then sliding down a snow-covered hill requires skills that most humans aren't born with. So, to make it just a little easier for novices to learn how to snowboard, Australia's Streetboardz has created a board with a built-in handbrake that lets riders easily stop before things get out of control.
The talented folks at Signal Snowboards are back with one of their most practical creations yet. Using a sheet of ultra-thin solar cells from a company called Powerfilm Solar, they created a board that harnesses the sun's rays and turns them into usable electricity for charging a small device.
Those who like to stay active all year long probably have a garage filled with gear that can only be used during certain parts of the year. So the folks at Signal Snowboards decided to build something that could be enjoyed whether it was balmy or snowy outside with this versatile fly fishing snowboard.