“Hi, welcome to the Hoods to Woods Blog, I’m Omar Diaz Co-founder and Program Director. A
snowboarder of 30 years as well as a snowboard instructor. Many people over the years have
ask me about snowboarding and how can they learn to snowboard. For all those that have
never snowboarded and have the curiosity of learning to ride, I have put together the answers to
most of the questions I have been asked over the years. This is a collection of my tips, which we
will call the Snowboarding 101 Guide”.
Step #1 How do I get there?
To those in the New York City area it’s very simple as there are options for getting to the slopes.
- You can drive yourself to the slopes
- You can take mass transit to ski resorts
- You can take a day trip slopes in NJ, NY, PA and VT via our transportation partner OvR (override.com)
There is even an indoor option in New Jersey (https://www.americandream.com/venue/big-snow)
Step #2 What you need to know before you go
You will be outdoors so it’s very important you have the correct gear.
- Jacket and Pants
- Ensure they can repel water
- Under layers Upper
- Thermal top, long-sleeved t-shirt, sweater and or hoodie
- Lower Layer
- Thermal bottom, Compression tights, Yoga Pants, Leggings etc.
- High pair (wool or synthetic)
- Gloves (durable palm surface)
- Face mask
- Snowboard stance (which foot goes in the back of the snowboard and which foot goes in the back)
- Regular (your left foot is in the front of the snowboard)
- Goofy (your right foot is in the front of the snowboard)