Shredding New Hampshire’s Powdered Slopes
Although snowboarding hasn’t been around as long as skiing and other winter sports, it is quickly becoming one of the most popular cold-weather activities in the world. New Hampshire, with its towering mountains, abundant fresh snow and challenging terrain is the perfect destination for snowboarding. Whether you are a seasoned snowboarder or a beginner, the White Mountains have slopes to suit any rider.
A brief overview
Snowboarding is the product of skateboarding, surfing, skiing and sledding all at once. Once referred to as “snow surfing” snowboarding, unlike skiing, involves having both feet bound to one board as opposed to two separate planks. It has only been officially recognized as a winter Olympic sport since 1998, but its popularity rivals skiing here in New England.
Is it hard to snowboard?
Anyone who has ever been snowboarding the first time is likely to say that the first day is harder than you could ever expect. Unlike skiing where you can retain balance with both feet, snowboarders are presented with the unique challenge of maintaining balance sideways with both feet fixed in place. However, the challenge of learning how to snowboard is outweighed by the sheer entertainment of racing down the slopes. Our tip is to always take a lesson first. Any winter resort here in New Hampshire will offer a training lesson and ample space to assure that you are comfortable enough to head up the mountain. Furthermore, the trails are marked from least challenging to expert, so make sure you pay attention before you take the plunge!
If you want more specific information on the basics of snowboarding, please follow this link for extra help: How to Snowboard
Ok! That sounds great. What do I need to snowboard?
As snowboarding is a full body workout, finding the right balance between keeping warm and not overheating is key. Therefore, it is important to dress in layers with a breathable base layer to avoid sweating too much or freezing. The temperature at the top of the mountain is usually much colder than at its base, so don’t be fooled into thinking that you are warm enough before heading up the lift.
Here is a basic list of clothing and gear you will need to snowboard. Keep in mind that snowboards, boots and bindings can be rented for a fee at most ski resorts here in New Hampshire.
- Snowboard: You will need to find the right size snowboard in accordance with your height and weight. Either look up your board size online, or let knowledgeable staff at the mountain find the appropriate board for you.
- Boots and Bindings: These too will need to be fitted to the board and fit you properly
- Helmet (optional, but recommended for beginners)
- Insulated, water-resistant jacket with pockets
- Snowboarding pants, water-resistant
- Two pairs of socks, the first should be made of a thin cotton, and the second should be made of a thick Smartwool to keep your feet dry and warm.
- Long underwear in much colder weather
- Breathable undershirt
- Fleece pullover or Sweater
- Warm hat, preferable one that won’t fly off while you are heading down the mountain!
- Water-resistant gloves
- Goggles/Snowboarding goggles
If you want to stock up on gear beforehand, check out these links:
Ok, I’m ready! Where can I go snowboarding in New Hampshire?
There are several places to go snowboarding here in New Hampshire. Picking just one location can be overwhelming. It is good to do some research beforehand. Here are a few questions to keep in mind as you are looking through potential ski resort locations:
-How experienced are you at snowboarding?
-Are high vertical drops important to you?
-Do you want to go to a resort that has more options than snowboarding?
-If you are staying overnight, is resort nightlife important to you?
Here is a list of locations to snowboard in New Hampshire to start your search:
What is the cost?
Costs for snowboarding vary depending on whether or not you own your own gear. For those who don’t have their own gear, or simply do not want to travel with all of that extra stuff, can usually rent all necessary equipment ahead of time. As a guide for pricing, here are the snowboarding rental rates from Mount Sunapee:
(Noon to Close)
|Adult Board Only||$28||$33||$61|
|Junior Board Only||$19||$23||$42|
We hope you enjoy your snowboarding experience here in New Hampshire!