Snowboarding has progressively grown into one of the most popular winter sports and ways of enjoying the snow for young people, it became an Olympic sport in 1998. The snowboarder uses both the main ski pistes as well as areas specifically designed for fun with humps and bumps to add further enjoyment. It is highly recommended that beginners take classes primarily for security reasons, not only for themselves but for the safety of others on the piste.
The snowboarder uses a single board with strap attachments for softer boots allowing flexibility to move the board from one edge to another. There are different styles of snowboarding:
Freestyle: As the name suggests, freestyle is anything goes, so all kinds of riding included here as well as performing tricks. Its all about creativity in freestyle.
Half Pipe: This is one of the Olympic styles and once again as the name suggests, the snowboarding here is done on a piste in the shape of half a pipe. The idea is to surpass the edges of the pipe and perform an acrobatic jump. It is one of the most difficult kinds of all the snowboarding category.
Slopestlye/Urban: The slopestyle riders will enjoy a piste full of moguls and obstacles on which they can challenge themselves to performing complex tricks.
Big jump: The characteristics of this category of snowboarding is based on a big jump, normally with 20 metres of area before the finish line where the rider can perform as many acrobatic moves as possible in one single jump.
Jibbing: Refers to sliding over obstacles like boxes and handrails but without using board edges, there is an emphasis of having body weight central over the board.
Quarter Pipe: This quarter pipe category of snowboarding requires speed on approaching the pipe in order to gain a lot of height to perform acrobatics, often riders compete for the height more than the acrobatic move.
Free Sliding: Focuses on the descent of extreme locations off piste. When free sliding fuses with natural obstacles like, rocks, cliffs and crags it is called Back Country.