Here are some tips on how to dress and equip your kids for the mountain:
- Snowboard: In general, an all-mountain snowboard is best for beginners. Choose a board that is the right length for your child’s size and ability. We recommend a board up to the chin or nose.
- Boots: As the connecting point to the snowboard, boots are a vital piece of equipment. Make sure they fit correctly, better a bit smaller and tighter than too big. Heel should not lift up.
- Bindings: Most snowboard bindings are of the strap-on variety, which are compatible with the greatest number of boots. Make sure boots fits properly in the binding.
- Helmet: Kids should wear a helmet when snowboarding. The nature of the sport is that riders fall. Even if they’re not catching big air in the park, chances are they’ll catch an edge and smack into the snow on a semi-regular basis while learning. Make sure the helmet fits well and they know to keep the chinstrap fastened and securely in place.
- Goggles or Sunglasses: The sun’s rays are considerably stronger at high altitudes, and when they bounce off the gleaming white snow, they can be a serious threat to the eyes. Kids should always where goggles when they are on the snow. Make sure they have the adequate UV protection.
- Gloves or mittens: Snowboarders have lots of hand-to-snow contact, so get well-insulated, waterproof/breathable mittens or gloves. Having an extra pair of gloves might come in handy on bad weather days or slushy snow.