Snowboarding: Learning to Ride from All-Mountain to Park

Snowboarding: Learning to Ride from All-Mountain to Park

by Liam Gallagher


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* Tips on the latest gear and developments in the snowboarding industry

* A useful manual for those serious about improving their technical snowboarding skills on the mountain

* Clear, authoritative approach to learning the techniques of the sport

With millions flocking to the sport each year, snowboarding has become one of the of most popular winter pastimes. Written for the beginning to intermediate practitioner, Snowboarding focuses on the techniques of the sport, from park and pipe riding to boardslides and tail presses. Liam Gallagher details everything from the basics of understanding snow conditions and park responsibility to the fundamentals of riding, with a complete explanation of jumps and rails. Featuring a history of snowboarding, a breakdown of choosing and caring for your snowboard gear, and testimonials from professional riders, this is the comprehensive guide to get you out on the mountain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594852657
Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date: 10/28/2009
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

LIAM GALLAGHER is an associate editor at Transworld Snowboarding. His photographs and writing have also appeared in Snowboarder magazine, Frequency, and The Snowboarder's Journal. He has been snowboarding for 15 years and lives in Oceanside, California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

Foreword Jesse Burtner 13

Introduction 17

Chapter 1 Gear

Boards 23

Boots 30

Bindings 35

Clothing 38

Accessories 40

Preparing Your Equipment 41

Chapter 2 Snowboarding 101

The History of Snowboarding 52

Basic Snowboarding Techniques 58

Types of Snowboarding 74

Chapter 3 All-Mountain Riding

Understanding the Mountain Environment 82

All-Mountain Techniques 86

Chapter 4 Park Riding

Understanding Weather 102

Park Features 103

Jumping in the Park 107

Park Rails 116

Chapter 5 Pipe Riding

Understanding Transition 129

Understanding Half-Pipe Design 130

Understanding Snow Conditions 131

Prepping Your Board 131

Dropping in and Airing Out 131

Pipe Tricks 132

Chapter 6 Caring for Your Equipment

Tuning Equipment 148

Snowboard Prep and Repair 150

How to Store Your Equipment for the Off-Season 156

Chapter 7 Fit to Ride

Biking 161

Stretching 161

Exercises 164

Chapter 8 Introduction to Backcountry Snowboarding

Essential Gear 170

Better Safety Through Technology 174

How to Prepare for the Backcountry 176

Monitoring Weather Conditions 177

Understanding Avalanches 178

Helping Others in the Backcountry 184

Means of Access: An Introduction to the Best Ways to Get into the Backcountry 184

Glossary 191

Index 197

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