One of the joys of snowboarding in the spring is the comfortable weather. However, don’t leave your snowboarding jacket behind just yet. Due to the higher temperatures, it will cause you to sweat. The sweat can make you feel cold even when the sun is warm. It’s advised to dress in layers to stay warm. If you do happen to get warm on the slopes, you do have the liberty to remove your jacket or sweater to remain comfortable.
Another thing to keep in mind during the springtime is wetter snow. During March and April, it’s common to have much wetter snow than back in December. If you encounter wetter conditions, it’s recommended to put on an extra coat of wax on your board. The extra coat of wax will help smooth out some of the stickiness that can occur, due to wetter snow.
Springtime will also bring a brighter sun. Therefore, consider changing out the lenses on your goggles, because the brighter light from the sun will cause a reflection off the snow. One of the dangers due to the brighter sun is it can cause snow blindness. As a safety precaution put on some tinted goggles before you head out. Keep in mind that even on a cloudy day, the overcast can make it difficult to see the slope which can be dangerous, because it could lead to injuries.
Finally, one of the most dangerous things to consider while snowboarding this time of the year is the possibility of an avalanche. The risk of an avalanche is due to melting snow, so ensure to check weather conditions before hitting the slopes. To find out information in regards to forecasts, incident reports, and local conditions, feel free to visit avalanche.org for more information. A few tips for besting preparing for an avalanche included watching overly soft spots, designated marked slopes, and consider wearing an avalanche beacon on your body.