Snowboarding is an exciting sport that involves descending a snow-covered slope with a snowboard attached to a rider’s feet. The sport has its roots in surfing and skateboarding and like those sports, snowboarding is a culture and lifestyle sport as much as a competitive sport.

In England, where snow maybe limited, there are dedicated artificial slopes where the sport can be taken part in all year round.

Why is it good for me?

Snowboarding is a great cardiovascular work out, which can help to improve your coordination, balance, strength and agility.

How much does it cost?

Beginners lessons start from around £30 for 6 hours instruction and usually include board, boots, slope entry and anything else you need to get started.

Once you’ve completed your beginners course, you’re free to hit the slope whenever you feel like it! Slope passes start from around £5, but vary between slopes.

What equipment do I need?

To get going, you’ll need some sturdy trousers, a long sleeved top, a warm jumper if you’re indoors, and gloves. The rest of the equipment can be hired.

If you want to invest in your own kit, talk to a local snowports retailer or ask an instructor at your slope.