Thinking about whether you need on snowboarding lessons for adults? Regardless of whether you should have a snowboard lesson because you’re completely new to the sport or you have some experience snowboarding, there’s always more to learn from the experts, so a snowboard lesson is more often than not, a good idea.
Why are snowboarding lessons necessary once I’ve learnt the basics? you ask! Well, beginner or pro, you’re likely to progress quicker with the help and guidance of an instructor. The more you improve your snowboard skills, the more fun you’ll have on the slopes.
Read on for more ways snowboard lessons can be a snowtastic addition to your snowboarding holiday.
Snowboarding lessons and kids snowboard lessons can be taken before your holiday at your local indoor snow centre and/or on the mountain during your trip. Both will offer the choice of private lessons, group lessons, courses or coaching sessions. While mountain snowboard schools may also offer guided lessons and specialist camps.
If you’re still wondering ‘do I need a snowboard lesson?’, the thing to remember is, irrespective of which type of snowboard lesson best suits you, all lessons offer the chance to learn from an expert instructor who not only knows how to snowboard, but also how to teach.
It can seem tempting to try and save money and get a friend or family member to show you the ropes, but this tends to be a much less effective way to learn. It’s also not allowed for safety reasons at most indoor centres and you’re more likely to pick up bad habits, injure yourself and even find yourselves arguing on the slopes!
Picking up a snowboard for the first time is far easier with the guidance of an instructor. For starters, on a lesson you’re likely to spend less time on your bottom than you would going it alone, and there’s a lower chance of knocking your confidence. Some expert tuition on your beginner snowboard holiday or before you go will give you the correct skills and knowledge to build on and help you avoid developing any bad habits.
And while it’s great to reduce the number of falls you have while learning to snowboard, it’s no secret that learning to snowboard involves a fair amount of tumbling to the snow. On a group snowboard lesson, you’ll quickly find falling with fellow learners is much more fun when you’re all in it together!
If you’ve already got a few snowboard skills up your sleeve and you know how to get down the mountain, you might think there’s nothing more to learn. Wrong! There’s always more to learn. It’s very easy to reach an intermediate level in snowboarding and plateau, time with a snowboard instructor can show you how to move your skills past this and to the next level.
Maybe you want to learn snowboard tricks and give jumps or rails in the park a go? Or learn how to really ride powder? Or just increase your speed and style on the pistes? Continuing to progress your skills will help keep things interesting and can be a lot of fun too.
If ski school isn’t your thing, how about some free on-the-mountain guiding and coaching? Partnered with The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead, Neilson Holidays have their Mountain Experts; professional ski and snowboard instructors from the local mountain areas. They can show you the best runs your resort has to offer, as well as offering expert tips to boost your technique and confidence along the way.
This free service is available exclusively to guests staying in any Neilson Mountain Collection chalet, hotel or chalet hotel throughout Europe, and now four hotels which are exclusive to Neilson in the UK. You need to be over 18 (or aged 12 and over during the school holidays) and be a solid blue or red run boarder.
Take your pick from three different types of snowboarding session: