Trying something new takes a lot of guts.

I am an overthinker and perfectionist, so trying something new is always difficult for me, and I have tons of questions. Snowboarding was no different.

If your mind works like mine, all the questions you have about trying something new can put a damper on the excitement. And going snowboarding for the first time should be exciting!

Open ski slope lined with trees and mountain views in the background. Is snowboarding hard?
Gorgeous views in Steamboat Springs, CO

I’ve tried to collect all the questions that could be going through your mind about what to expect and answer them here.

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Is Snowboarding Hard?

I’ll answer that with a resounding yes. While it may not be as difficult as some other sports, it is a lot more difficult than most people realize. It’s really easy to get frustrated, especially when you’re new to the sport.

The most important thing to do while learning how to snowboard is to stay motivated and don’t try slopes above your skill level!! I will repeat: STAY ON YOUR LEVEL. I learned this the hard way.

If you stick with it and keep trying, you’ll begin to rely on muscle memory, and it will get easier as time goes on! Taking a lesson each time you go is also super helpful.

How Long Does it Take to Learn Snowboarding?

Honestly, it depends on the person. While it can take a few days for you to start getting used to even being attached to a board, it can take a lot longer to feel comfortable linking turns.

It varies for everyone, but it took me three or four two day trips before I really started feeling comfortable on green slopes. Even then I hated when the slopes got crowded and there were turns I had to make to dodge people.

Some people are just naturals, and it will take them less time to learn how to snowboard. Some aren’t very athletic and it will take more time. That’s okay – it varies from person to person!

Keep in mind that within this time frame, you’ll by no means be an expert. This can take years to accomplish but stay motivated, and you’ll be there in no time!

three girls standing on a ski slope
Love bringing friends and introducing them to snowboarding.

What is the Hardest Part of Snowboarding?

Most first-time snowboarders will find that the most challenging part is getting on their edges. While this is the most challenging and most time-consuming thing to accomplish, once it’s learned, you can quickly advance to blue runs and even black diamonds.

Do a little research on how to fall snowboarding because you will likely catch multiple edges when you’re learning and fall.

Another problematic part of snowboarding for beginners can definitely be getting used to having a board attached to your feet. You can slide your feet and basically walk with skis, but that’s not possible with a snowboard. It can feel a bit weird at first, but you get used to it after a few tries.

Is Snowboarding Dangerous?

To be honest, any sport is dangerous. Snowboarding is no exception, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Just make sure you follow the Ski Code (every resort has it posted), and if you’re learning how to snowboard with an instructor they will give you some tips on staying safe.

If you are curious about the most common injuries of snowboarding, it’s actually wrist injuries, especially among beginners. This is because when you fall, you’ll most likely put your hands out to save yourself from the brunt of the impact. Concussions can also be a common injury, so make sure you have a strong and sturdy helmet.

Girl with snowboarding helmet and goggles on and mountain ridges in the background. Is snowboarding hard?
Snowboarding at Killington, VT

Is Snowboarding Harder Than Skiing?

Truth be told, yes! Many people can start skiing within just a day or two even if they’ve never skied before so it’s a lot easier to pick up. Snowboarding is a bit more complicated to learn honestly.

However, the difference between skiing and snowboarding is that once you learn how to snowboard, it can be a lot easier to reach an advanced level. Meanwhile, skiers have a much tougher time becoming expert riders.

Should I Ski or Snowboard?

This is entirely up to you. Both are extremely fun, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

Learning to snowboard is more complicated than learning to ski, which might be a deciding factor for you. If you don’t have much patience then I recommend skiing.

Snowboard boots are a lot more comfortable to walk around the slopes in versus ski boots which can be painful and are hard to walk in.

You may also want to consider what your friends do. The reason I started snowboarding instead of skiing is because that’s what all my friends did.

Is Snowboarding an Expensive Sport?

All sports can quickly get expensive, especially when you start out and are buying all the equipment. Snowboarding is no exception. Lift tickets alone are typically at least $80 per day and can go up to $200 per day or more. Hint: Season passes may be cheaper.

Then you have to think about the price for all the gear. You can rent your equipment and I definitely recommend that you do for the first few times. If you’re in it for the long run, then you’ll save some money by purchasing the gear yourself. This will also make it easier for you to learn how to snowboard because you’ll always use the same board.

To save yourself money on gear, consider purchasing some second-hand or borrowing from a friend or family member.

Snowboard sitting in front of a ski slope and sign. Is snowboarding hard?
My snowboard was the last available on sale – got it and the bindings for just under $400.

Can You Teach Yourself to Snowboard?

You absolutely can if you are a patient person. However, this takes a level of determination that I definitely did not have. There are tons of YouTube tutorials and websites out there that can provide you with lots of tips and tricks though.

If you want to learn quickly and make sure you’re picking up the basics correctly, invest in a lesson. I take a lesson every year and they are worth their weight in gold.

You could also have a friend or family member who knows how to snowboard teach you. Be careful with friends and family though. Depending on your relationship, them trying to teach you could result in a knock-down-drag-out.

Related: 7 Tips for First-Time Snowboarders

Do You Have to Be in Shape to Snowboard?

You by no means have to be extremely athletic to snowboard, but working out regularly will only help you. You especially need to have some core strength and strong legs definitely don’t hurt.

If you want to get in shape for snowboarding, do some cardio exercises, HIIT, and leg exercises like squats or lunges. You would be surprised at how much of a workout snowboarding is so a little bit of prepwork will go a long way.

Is Snowboarding Worth It?

Absolutely! There’s no better feeling than gliding down a mountain and taking in the fresh, crisp air while looking out at the view. Plus, you’ll make some incredible friends along the way.

If you’re interested in snowboarding, take the time to learn how to do it! You will not regret it one bit.

Bonus: What Should I Wear Snowboarding?

I am glad you asked! I have a whole guide on exactly what to wear snowboarding – especially for your first time. Make sure you get great snowboarding pants and please wear a helmet!

Spoiler alert: lots of layers and no cotton. There are some great gifts for outdoorsy women on that list too.

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One of the biggest questions you may ask when trying snowboarding is "Is snowboarding hard?" I answer that and many others in this article including if you should teach yourself to snowboard!

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  1. I have club feet but its been corrected. I’m not athletic by any means but my fitness level is decent. Can I try snowboarding? I always like to push my physical limits.

    1. Hi Arjun, I’m very sorry but I can’t give you an answer as I have no medical knowledge. I would consult with your physician to make sure it’s okay!

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