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Defining yourself as a Snowboarder
Written By: dougfagel

The biggest draw to snowboarding is the ability to express oneself through movement and the exhilaration one gets out of that freedom. The unique aspect of snowboarding is that every rider can develop his or her own style on and off the hill. As your experience as a rider grows, your ability to develop and progress who you are as a snowboarder also grows.

For new riders, the biggest motivation to start to ride is the vision of who you can become as a snowboarder. You might have heard that snowboarding is more than a sport, but a way of life. As you develop who you are as a snowboarder or just board rider all together, you also can recreate who you are as a person.

So it's time, let's be unique and start defining who we are and who we want to become as snowboarders.

 

 

To define what type of rider we are or want to become, lets take a look at the main aspects of snowboarding. We have "freestyle" - which includes jumping, riding sliding features, and halfpipe riding. We have "freeride" - that covers a huge range from resort cruising to off piste’ shredding. We have "backcountry" riding which has to do with being responsible for personal safety practices, trekking and mountain exploration. Also we have snowboard racing that includes snowboard cross and different styles of slalom racing disciplines. Each one of these aspects of snowboarding is interconnected and most snowboarders will not define themselves completely with one category.

Freestyle Riding
The freestyle rider can be found not just in the park, but also all over the hill, turning the resort into their personal playground. Riders will find themselves bringing freestyle tricks into all aspects of riding, sometimes even into races. (Hopefully just not in the final seconds of the Olympics, causing them to lose a Gold Metal.)

The terrain park and halfpipe is the Mecca for freestyle riders. As parks continue to get more innovative and creative, the ability of riders to learn and develop new tricks also grows. Whether it is catching air, getting technical with jib tricks or boosting out of a pipe wall, the biggest motivation to snowboard in our current time is freestyle riding. As new equipment is being developed the pathway to becoming a freestyle rider is also becoming easier.

Free Riding
Getting out on the hill and just being free. Cruising around a resort with friends and exploring new terrain is the heart of freeriding. Most riders will spend a ton of time just out cruising the groomed runs and waiting for the new snow to hit so they can venture into the fresh powder. As a rider that loves all aspects of snowboarding, but most of all being able to quickly travel from one side of a ridge to the next peak in a matter of minutes, this is truly freeriding. The resorts allow us to experience snow, as it never could before, with sculpted runs and pristine groomed slopes. You may find yourself getting to the mountain early just to shred the corduroy patterns left by the grooming machines the night before. When the new snow falls you will get to the mountain even earlier to wait in line for the ultimate in freerider experience - lap after lap of fresh powder.

Backcountry Riding
As a freerider gains more experience, the desire to be in more secluded areas also tends to grow. Backcountry riding, when approached safely, can be one of the most amazing experiences in a snowboarder's life. The investment in hiring a guide or going through the proper avalanche awareness and backcountry courses is well worth the work to be able to get the true freedom of snowboarding. Whether you are trekking into a secluded area on a split board, traveling by snow cat or snowmobile, or flying in via helicopter, the out-of-resort experience is the ultimate in true snowboarding. Riders continue to incorporate more and more freestyle riding into the backcountry. Big backcountry jumps and tricks off cornice drops litter any good snowboard video and this is just the beginning.

Racing
On the opposite end of the spectrum from freeriding, we have Snowboard Racing. The competitive nature of many riders will lead them into racing down the hill. Whether it is to feel the intense speed of the wind across the face or to show your friends that you are the fastest rider on the slopes. Racing was the first competitive aspect of snowboarding and although it is extremely overshadowed by freestyle competitions, the disciplines of snowboard cross, snowboard giant slalom and snowboard banked slalom are still alive and well.

 

What Type of Rider are You?

With the different aspects of snowboarding better defined it is up to you and the crew you ride with to define what type of rider you are and want to become. This will help you better get into equipment and terrain that will help you to reach these goals. Some resorts will cater more to certain styles of rider and as you plan your next snowboard trip you will be able to better select the location that fits you as a rider.

New Rider – Motivated to progress into one of the prime snowboard styles

Cruiser – Loves to ride around the groomed slopes

Carver – Loves to lay trenches on the snow riding edge to edge and moving fast

Freestyler/Park Rider – Loves to spend all their time in the park

Jumper – Loves to catch air anywhere they can

Jibber – Will ride on anything and everything not made of snow

Park Rat – Well you have heard of a Mall Rat… Same but with more steeze

Pipe Rider – Not afraid to hike the half pipe

Freerider – Doesn’t bother to stick to the runs

Shredder – Loves to tear up the snow

Powder Rider – Just lives to ride the freshest of fresh

Racer – Want to go fast and wants to win

Boarder Crosser – From air to bank with motocross intensity

Weekend Warrior – Works 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, but will be on the snow every weekend.

Road Tripper – Takes long vacations traveling in the car from one winter destination to the next.

Hundred Plus Day-er – has the determination and ability to be on snow over one hundred days a year!


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eatho88 eatho88 - I remember back in the day when Sierra did 70% off sales and year old gear was 50%+ off. that add in the last clip there just reminded me of it and the good ol days.
826 days 1 hours 16 minutes ago
rymar24 rymar24 - i think trusnow needs a like button on every comment cause i dont wanna say the same thing someone already said.. i wanna just like it. whos with me?
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eugene_winter-rent eugene_winter-rent - great! thanks!
1089 days 15 hours 16 minutes ago
Lambo961 Lambo961 - awesome video
1158 days 18 minutes ago
James Hwang James Hwang - great vidoe thanks!
1160 days 7 hours 57 minutes ago
ncearle ncearle - I think it's really hard to say you're just one type of rider. Personally I like the entire mountain. From feeling that no gravity felling off a jump to the wind slapping you in the face while you're peeling down the steep stuff. Even wiping out in powder is fun so I think people should try everything not just the park.
1168 days 1 hours 46 minutes ago
jstgermain jstgermain - Think it would be tough to define yourself as strickly one type of rider.
1216 days 23 hours 57 minutes ago
forumfreak53 forumfreak53 - I really like this!!! Thanks for doin' it! Love, Park Rat
1224 days 2 hours 13 minutes ago
PacmanNathan PacmanNathan - This video showed me more than what type of snowboarder i am. it showed me what type i wanna be. Thanks for the vid.
1226 days 20 hours 21 minutes ago
Omitson Omitson - Great video. Should really help the beginning to mediocre boarder.
1235 days 9 hours 59 minutes ago
snowlover71 snowlover71 - I wish I had access to that type of backcountry all season :(.
1251 days 2 hours 34 minutes ago
dougfagel dougfagel - It is also known as a dolphin turn. Your back leg is extended into the snow as the front leg is retracted to allow the board to pop into the air. Once in the air the board is redirected into the fall line and onto the new edge.
1295 days 1 hours 13 minutes ago
DBouher1 DBouher1 - To Robnezz23: that technique does work to an extent, i find it works well in tight/steep areas where you dont have room to really initiate a turn. To do it all you do is ollie as you are exiting a turn and rotate in the air and land turning. ps: dont do this when you need to, you'll look pretty retarded on the bunny slpoe
1304 days 40 minutes ago
patman765 patman765 - Freestyle/Freeriding all the way
1309 days 11 hours 1 minutes ago
pow_rider10 pow_rider10 - freestyle/freeriding is a great combo for sure
1312 days 16 hours 34 minutes ago
jkwon76 jkwon76 - Can anyone elaborate on the turning techniques performed on 1:10-1:13 of this video clip? I think it's ideal technique for steep slopes and would like to learn...
1321 days 19 hours 4 minutes ago
robnezz23 robnezz23 - Mix between Freestyle/Freeride is where I'm at. Although I would love to get some BackCountry experience for the steep & deep!
1322 days 5 minutes ago
joshy joshy - All mountain Freestyle is the best
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lebooby lebooby - freestyles the way to go
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oehokie oehokie - The back country mountains looked amazing
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sgreen sgreen - There's a lot of truth in what he says.
1429 days 15 hours 12 minutes ago
dougfagel dougfagel - What style of snowboarder are you? Doug Fagel - A Citizen of Jib Nation, a Backcountry Split Boarder and a Noboarder
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