Snowboards can be ridden on most slopes in any snow conditions. However, resorts are still monitoring the sport and, although accepted, restrictions may be placed upon snowboarders
if resort rules are not observed. Almost all alpine resorts in Australia allow snowboarding, although some have restrictions so check with the resort authorities before buying a lift ticket.

The snowboard riders associations strongly recommend that any person trying snowboarding for the first time should do so under the supervision of an experienced snowboard instructor. Not only will this speed up your learning of the sport but it will give you a good idea of which areas are suited to your skill level.

Do not try to ride on a slope that is beyond your ability as you will endanger yourself and other snow area users.
Snowboards can be hired both on and off the mountain and are fitted with either plate or high back bindings.

Whilst clothing requirements for snowboarding are basically the same for alpine skiing. special boots and gloves are worn. Wrist guards are essential. Helmets should also be worn by children, novices and experienced riders.

A wide range of boots can be used when riding a snowboard. The type will depend on the style of bindings fitted to the board. With high back bindings any warm waterproof boots with a moderate degree of firmness can be used. Boards with plate bindings require specially designed boots.


Alcohol & Drugs are fuel for disaster in the snow, they impair your judgement and your ability. Your reaction times are significantly reduced and increase the risk of injury. The whole alpine experience begins when you leave home and doesn’t finish until you return. Avoid alcohol consumption and the use of illegal substances, because they increase your risk of hypothermia.

Alcohol & Drugs impair judgement, slow response time and reduce your ability to respond to an emergency.