“Winter: Are you there?” Tips for anticipating the season.

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Well it is that time of year again, the first day of fall was officially yesterday. There is pumpkin spice coffee everywhere, which is AMAZING, the geese are flying south, and the trees are looking like skittles. If you find these things as great as I do, than we probably have a lot in common.

As great as fall is, I am all ready to say goodbye and begin my long-lasting love affair with winter. Been dreaming about getting on your snowboard for months now? Me too, and it can be torturous.  So for the first SheBoarder blog post, I am going to give some tips on coping with fall and preparing for an amazing winter:

  • Watch some videos.  Get yourself amped up (probably even more) for the season with some good snowboard flicks.  Study up! Get to know the details on the culture you love,  find your favorite riders, learn to I.D some tricks, get some great music ideas for that killer snowboarding playlist! Heres a few sites I recommend to get your fix:

Videograss is great: http://vgsnow.com/videos/

YoBeat (also awesome): http://www.yobeat.com/category/videos/

And Transworld is obviously amazing, here is their site specifically tailored to women so you can watch fellow lady shredders:  http://snowboarding.transworld.net/twsnow-girls/

  • Exercise. You don’t wanna be spent after a few runs your first days back on the hill, so get yourself in good shape before heading to the mountain.  Go for a run in the crisp fall air to get your blood pumping, a little cardio never hurt nobody. YOGA is a personal savior, getting limber is great for learning new tricks and grabs. Getting your body back into alignment will make you feel generally great, on or off the mountain.
  • Do some retail research. If you need new gear, now is the time to look. Burton’s annual sale was last month at the Burlington headquarters, and if you didn’t make it to that, don’t worry too much. There are still great savings to be had this weekend at the Rome Snowboards annual tent sale in Waterbury.  There are many ski and ride swaps occurring all over the North East. This is the best site I found for a list of them: http://forums.alpinezone.com/showthread.php/113089-Ski-Swaps-Tent-Sales-BACK-for-the-2012-2013-Season Check Craigslist, talk to your friends, everyone is selling their old gear right now, so you can find a deal somewhere. If you are going to treat yourself to a shiny new shredstick, study gear guides  (Transworld’s is great) so you can choose what is best for you.
  • Get your pass! The earlier you purchase your seasons pass, the better, so don’t procrastinate. There are some great deals out there for students and young adults alike. You will feel so much better once you know you have unlimited access to a great mountain, so check the sites of places in your area and see what kind of deal you can score.

I hope this list gives ladies out there some ideas for kick starting the season and making the best of the winter to come.

Some EPIC closing news: There was snow at the summit of Mount Mansfield today AND Jay Peak! So lets kiss fall goodbye real soon, okay?

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2 thoughts on ““Winter: Are you there?” Tips for anticipating the season.

    pandorax867 said:
    December 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    My son is wanting to snowboard, any beginner tips?

      shelby responded:
      December 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      I would say that the first few days on the hill will be the most challenging, getting used to the initial feel and balance of a snowboard can be challenging. A lot of time is spent on your butt, however, once you get your balance, progression is so fast! Just tell you son not to get discouraged in the first few days, because he will watch himself get better. A lesson is never a bad idea either..Good luck to your son!I hope he enjoys the sport!

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