While snowboarding is typically thought of as only a winter sport, some, some, usually those living in higher altitudes, actually consider spring to be the best time to grab their boards and hit the slopes. Spring is the perfect time for shredding, but you need to gear up differently to make the most of it. The warmer temperatures can also bring more significant risks. These are the four major differences to prepare yourself for before hitting the slopes this spring.
One of the perks of snowboarding during the spring is the warmer weather. This doesn’t mean you should strip the coat and hit the slopes in just a sweater though. Dressing in layers helps keep you warm without getting too hot. Start with a moisture-wicking fabric and put a few insulating layers on top. If you get too hot while out on the slopes, take off a layer or two to help keep yourself cool.
The snow during springtime is typically a wetter snow than that of the winter months. The months of accumulated snow begins to melt and refreeze regularly, which may result in your board not gliding as usual. If you find this to be the case, add an extra coat of wax to your board to smooth out the stickiness that comes along with wetter snow.
The springtime sun reflecting off the snow means its time for you to change out your goggle’s lenses. The sun’s brightness can cause snow blindness, so tinted goggles are a necessity. Even an overcast day can make it harder for you to see the slope, resulting in injuries. There are a number of different lens options available, so it’s important to understand the differences between them and choose the one best suited to your needs.
Though you may find springtime snowboarding better than winter snowboarding, it’s also among the most dangerous time of the year on the slopes. With snow quickly melting, the avalanche risk of an area increases, so make sure to always be aware of the conditions of the particular area before venturing out. Stay on marked trails, look out for areas that seem to be extra soft and always keep an avalanche beacon on your person as a back-up plan. However, being aware of the signs of an avalanche and avoid risky areas is the best course to ensure your safety.