Snowboarding is basically skateboarding or surfing on the snow. A relatively a new winter adventure sport in India, while snowboarding one has to ride a fiberglass board with the feet strapped on it. Snowboarding is all about maintaining your balance while surfing down the ski slopes and one needs to have proper practice and knowledge about the technique of snowboarding, before attempting it. Snowboarders surf on snow by transforming their weight from heels to their toes as well as from one end of the board to the other. In order to stop the motion a snowboarder has to push the heels or toes hard to strike the edge of the snowboard into the snow.
Although it might appear that snowboarding is close to skiing but actually snowboarding techniques are a lot closer to skateboarding and surfing. Snowboarding has three leading styles known as Alpine, Freestyle and Boarder cross. This breathtaking sport is developing its wings in North India especially in the Himalayan region and is emerging as a popular amongst adventure enthusiasts.
Destinations in India for Snowboarding
The Himalayas in India have always been the abode for winter adventure sports. The powder snow in this region with multiple natural jumps, steep sections and smooth open surfing areas proves to be perfect for snowboarding. Places you can go for snowboarding are:
The best time to go snowboarding in India is between the months of January and March.
Bear in mind the instructions and techniques while snowboarding
Take safety measures instructed by your guide
Choose to wear items uniquely designed for snowboarding like waterproof pants, jackets, gloves and helmets to keep you warm and avoid getting wet
Keep your first aid kit handy
Snowboarding tour operators
You can easily find Snowboarding operators in any of the above mentioned destination in season time who also rent out snowboards and all necessary gear for the sport. Some of the known operators are North Land Trek and Tours, Wild Himalayan Challenges etc.