Learn How to Snowboard
Beginner Snowboarding Lessons
Snowboarding was first invented in the USA in the 1960’s. It became a winter olympic sport in 1998. It combined surfing, skateboarding, and skiing. If you enjoy any of the above mentioned, snowboarding might be the sport for you.
AboveBelowTours brings you to a fantastic resort called Akukura-Kanko at Myoko-Kogen, Japan. This location is ideal for beginner to intermediate levels. For all those first-timers, Akukura offers gentle slopes, spacious runs, and experienced instructors. For intermediate riders who want to improve, you can take lessons to elevate your skills. Or just freeride and enjoy the 1,000 plus meters of vertical drop. Not to mention a gorgeous view of Lake Noiji and the surrounding area.
Myoko International Snowsports School is located at the base of the High-SpeedChampion Chair-lift. They offer lessons for all skiing and snowboarding levels. You have the option to take morning, afternoon, or all day lessons. They will give you sound advice on improving your technique or brushing up on your skills. Lessons are taught in English and Japanese. They also offer rentals, a kid’s center, and photography packages.
Your instructor will progress according to the class’s abilities. You will follow a step-by-step progression with a series of exercises designed for you to concentrate on each individual skill. Using these exercises and the instructor’s suggestions along the way, it is possible for anyone to learn how to ski no matter their previous experience. There is one thing everyone must remember. It is impossible to learn how to do something in one day; therefore, we highly recommend learning for a minimum of 3-6 days.
Most importantly, the snow is sensational. Siberian winds bring cooler temperatures, which creates superb snow conditions that are fresh and light, perfect for making smooth, round turns. Myoko receives up to 14 meters of snowfall annually with no less than a 400cm base at any given moment. With great snow conditions and a wide variety of different terrain, this almost guarantees you’ll have a marvelous time.
As you progress, here are the different styles you can try. Each style uses a different snowboard so usually it’s best to use rentals if you want to try a different style. Choose one or all that appeal to you.
1. Freeriding – This is where you ride the terrain that’s available to you. You can stick to groomed runs, do carve turns, go through trees while doing jumps or tricks along the way and make use of the natural terrain you may encounter.
2. Freestyle – This is where the rider will jump using man-made terrain such as tabletop jumps, half-pipes, rails, boxes, trees and whatever other feature imaginable to perform tricks on.
3. Freecarve – This style uses a board that is long and thin meant for groomed runs only. Freecarving is not so popular among beginners and is seldom seen on the slopes however it is both challenging and exciting to use. The rider is faces forward kind of like skiing. The focus is to do sharp turns called carves using just the edge of the board at high speeds.
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