Unless you're planning to ride a rental snowboard until the end of time — not always such a bad thing, by the way — you'll eventually be faced with a challenge. You'll have your swanky new snowboard in hand, and on the bench in front of you will be a box containing the new snowboard bindings you deliberated over for weeks. I'm imagining that at this point, you've got a whole bunch of snowboarding gear scattered around your house, too. But then what? Well, I'm afraid you've got to set up your ride.
Suddenly, you're presented with a load of options. Why are there so many holes on your snowboard to screw bindings into? Why do they now sit at a weird angle? Then there are all these optional extras: The stickers, the spikes, the pads, the leashes. Do you need all of that?
Well, you've come to the right place. We've got you covered. Put down the snowboard, back away from the bindings, grab a beer, and find out all you need to know about getting your snowboard set up and ready to hit the slopes.
Choosing the right board for you
While there is some truth in the idea that a good snowboarder can ride any board, it's undeniable that every snowboarder will have a better time on the right snowboard. Most snowboarders will benefit from an all-mountain board, which balances shape, size, and rocker or camber profile to ride groomers and a little off-piste.The ideal beginner snowboard will have a little flex to make it easier to learn your turns.