What should I wear?
Don’t dress just to look fly! Make sure you’re wearing the right kit. Outer layers should be water and wind proof and if possible breathable. The best way to stay warm is to wear layers rather than one huge jumper, so that the air is trapped between the layers and warmed from your body heat. You can buy technical tops to wear next to your skin which are designed to be fast drying and whip the sweat away. if you sweat in cotton it stays wet.
If you plan to rent snowboard equipment, it may be better to hire in-resort. You only pay for the days you use the equipment, and it gives you the freedom to change the board and boots if they are not right. Another plus side is if you like the set up you may be able to buy it less the rental price at the end of the hire. Don’t settle for substandard kit. Things are much better than they used to be and most resorts will have a snowboard specialist. Gone are the days when you had to choose between a few old boards in the back of a ski hire shop. A positive side to hiring before you leave is there maybe a wider choice and if you wanted a specific brand or size you should be able to reserve it also many shops will offer a standard package or you can pay more to hire top of the range kit.
The main things to check are that the base and edges are in good condition and that the bindings are set up for you not just screwed in any old way. For a beginner the bindings should be set centrally on the board, the front at 10/15 degrees and the back 5/10 degrees both forward, they should be about shoulder width apart and there should be no excessive boot overhang. The board should come up to your chin. A short board is good to learn on but once you start picking up speed a longer board will be more stable. Always check on screws and other parts of your kit; if bits do come loose on the mountain, then look for maintenance tools located at most lift stations. It’s a good idea to buy, and carry, a mini-binding tool when on the slopes.
As more kids take up snowboarding the rental equipment for them has improved. A good store should have genuine children’s kit. It’s a good idea to hire a safety helmet and wrist-guards as you don’t want to spend your time down the valley with little Billy while he gets put back together.