Another way to experience the mountains.
Born in the sixties in the United States, snowboarding allows you to slide and make evolutions along snowy slopes, keeping your balance on a special board. And it is exactly from the choice of the right board that everything starts, as it enhances the behavior according to the desired use.
An “alternative” winter sport to skiing, snowboarding is another way of experiencing the mountains. It is a bit like "snow surfing" and it was born with this very goal.
Although the first board dates back to 1929, when the sled builder Jack Burchett built a rudimentary board with laces, it is with the engineer Sherman Poppen that the snowboard was born. It was him who, in 1963, had the idea of combining two skis to let his children play: from his intuition the "snurfer" was born, then sold to the Brunswick company which began the first series production. The real change, with the definition of what snowboarding is today, took place in the 70s-80s.
The heart of snowboarding is the board. The most used is the bidirectional board, symmetrical also along the transverse axis and therefore identical in the tip and tail, while the unidirectional board has its own tip and tail. The bindings, boots, goggles and appropriate technical clothing complete the snowboarder equipment.
Zinermann already in 1981 was selling the first snowboards, which came from the United States and aroused amazement and admiration in the young people of the time. The growth of this new sport has laid the foundations for the opening of a new store dedicated entirely to snowboarding, under the "Sport Adventure" banner.
Snowboards and bindings
Snowboards are divided into various categories: All Mountain for general use, Freeride to use in fresh snow. Splitboard is the freeride board that divides into two skis for the ascent and then reunites them for the descent, Free Style is perfect for evolutions in the snowparks, Bordercross for use on the track on special routes, Hard snowboard for use on groomed slopes and giant slalom and special slalom tracks. Specific split bindings are divided into two categories: soft and hard. Soft for all All Mountain, Freeride, Split, Freestyle, Boarder Cross snowboards. Hard for special slalom and giant slalom hard snowboards.
Snowboard boots are divided into two categories: Soft and Hard. The Hard one, for the special slalom and giant slalom snowboard, derives from the rigid alpine ski boot in plastic, with shorter toe and heel to be able to stay in the widths of the snowboards. The Soft, suitable for all other types of snowboards, involves the use of synthetic materials and waterproofed leathers, with removable inner liners with different stiffnesses. In addition to the internal inserts to dampen vibrations, the best soles are in Vibram. Lately, the “BOA” closure system has been widely used, which allows you to close and open the boot much more easily.
The trend in snowboard clothing calls for jackets and trousers with large volumes; long sweatshirts; breathable, waterproof and very resistant gloves, as hands are often resting on the snow. It is important, in order not to be soaking wet at the end of the day and to keep yourself warm, to dress in layers, preferably with breathable technical fabric clothing, so to avoid sweating too much. Under the pants of your ski or snowboard suit you can put a warm tights to avoid suffering too much from the cold.
Accessories and protections
The world of snowboarding has contributed a lot to the increase in the use of protections for the back, coccyx, wrist, head and knees. A well-protected snowboarder is ready to face all the challenges the mountain can offer him, knowing that the risk is more controlled. The advice is to always use them! The coolest accessories on which you cannot give up are: earphones integrated into the caps and helmets, the cameras that can be worn on the helmet for your stories, backpacks with airbags, avalanche shovel, ARVA and probe for those who do freeride, the spherical masks for a total vision in all conditions, the tool for adjusting the bindings and the non-slip pads.