Different types of snowboarding lessons
Snowboarding lessons come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s worth thinking about what might suit you best.
• Private lessons: if your budget allows, this can be a great way to hit your snowboarding goals. Maybe you want to nail your powder riding? Or simply lose those novice nerves? Focussed input from an experienced instructor will get you there a whole lot quicker.
• Group lessons: probably the most common lesson style, many people love the camaraderie of learning with others, as well as the lower price point. A good snowboard school will put you in a small group with well-matched riders of a similar standard. Lessons should offer a balance between focussing on technique and exploring the pistes.
• Guiding sessions: these can be an excellent way to improve your snowboarding without taking formal lessons as such. Not only is riding behind an expert instructor an exhilarating experience, it also gives you the chance to pick up some tips and see how it’s really done. And their local know-how means you’re likely to ride faster and across a wider variety of slopes than you might when riding alone.
• Specialist snowboard camps: experienced snowboarders looking to progress their skills can sign up for intensive week-long snowboard camps. They’re an ace way to hone technical performance and learn new tricks.
What’s the one thing all these lessons have in common?
The chance to learn from an expert instructor who not only knows how to ride, but also how to teach. It can seem tempting to save money and get a friend or family member to show you the ropes, but we know from experience this tends to be a much less effective way to learn. You’re more likely to pick up bad habits, injure yourself and even find yourselves arguing on the slopes!