Not everyone has the same style of learning. Some learn best from reading. Others use trial and error. If you learn from watching other people, some of the videos below might help you. They won’t substitute for a lessons from a competent instructor, but they will give you an edge when you go to the mountain. There are plenty of videos out there to help you jib, grind rails, and huck your carcass off of money booters so that (one hopes) you won’t end up with hospital air.
Just as we thought. Straight-forward, non-nonsense videos on the basics of riding are few and far between. For the longest time, snowboarding-related videos focused on spins, jumps, and fearless tricks that most adults contemplating snowboarding might watch for “how do they do that?” entertainment–but not as guides to learning.
Now that’s starting to change.
AASI, the American Association of Snowboard Instructors, has a YouTube channel, “The Snow Pros.” It has some useful videos, but the snowboarding ones are mixed in with the skiing ones, which are in turn mixed in videos touting the benefits of the organization. All this makes it hard to drill down to the video you may be looking for. For that reason, you might be better off looking at the Snow Professor, the personal endeavor of two AASI instructors.
The Snow Professor
Hands down, our favorite source for instructional videos is SnowProfessor.com, created by a pair of siblings in Minnesota. Both have multiple certifications from AASI.
The site has over three dozen videos, covering topics for beginners, intermediates, and experts. It also has videos about buying snowboards, a blog, and other goodies.
How about YouTube? There are plenty of snowboarding-related videos on YouTube, though they’re of varied quality, to say the least. A lot are of the “Hey, watch this!” quality.
Still, there are some channels worth checking out. We have not reviewed the ones listed below, so if you have a review, drop a line in the comments so we can spread the word.