We caught up with our friends at Mint Snowboarding to get the lowdown on the essentials you should have if you are heading off on a snowboard camp. Camps can be an amazing way of progressing your snowboarding with like minded people and adding to the coaching experience by learning tips from your peers. It’s also a definite way to meet new snowboarding homies you can plan trips with in the future.

If you’re thinking of going on a snowboard camp , whether to hone your freestyle riding or you are starting out and learning to ride you'll want to make sure you have the right kit. Whilst you can get pretty friendly with your camp mates we ‘aint sure whether you would want to find yourself needing to borrow some of their sweaty thermals if you don’t have any. Check out our suggestions to get yourself mountain ready with a few essentials below.

Base Layers – You never know what the weather is going to be like up on the mountain and it can change pretty quickly. The best way to be prepared and stay warm is layering up with some good thermals and a lightly insulated or shell jacket with a good waterproof and breathability rating.

Gloves – From beginners to advanced your hands will need to stay dry and warm so it’s definitely worth getting some waterproof gloves or mitts and if you suffer from cold hands maybe some glove liners to go with them! Mitts generally keep your hands warmer than gloves so if you get super cold digits then Mitts are for you! Check out some of the gloves on offer from Celtek, Burton and DaKine.

Helmets – We definitely recommend wearing a helmet, whether you are just starting out, riding powder or hitting kickers its always best to protect your swede! There is no need to look like you are about to be shot out of a canon anymore too as there are some super cool brands out there so you can still keep your steeze. Check out Sandbox, Anon and Giro.

Goggles & a spare lens – Your goggles can make or break your day and it worth making sure you have a good pair that perform well. It’s also definitely worthwhile investing in a spare lens so you can make sure you have the right one for the weather conditions on the day. Not being able to see can severely inhibit your riding progression and well, just basically sucks! Check out Dragon, Oakley and Nike.

Snowboard, Boots and Bindings - As there are so many different rider level attending our courses it would be impossible for us to simply recommend a typical setup. If you are learning to ride for the first time make sure you go for an easy going setup. Trust us we have seen it before, turning up with the top end, state of the art aggressive setup isn't going to help your progression, if anything it will hold you back. Chat to any of The Snowboard Asylum's staff and they will be able to help you get you the perfect setup for your ability.

Mint Snowboard School provides top level snowboard instruction & coaching in the Portes du Soleil resorts of Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets & Chatel. Their young, enthusiastic team of snowboard instructors are qualified to the highest level within snowboarding (via British BASI & equivalent). Mint's instructors offer easy to understand techniques and fun focused snowboard coaching for all levels, from beginner to pro! Current Mint Camps include Backcountry, Splitboarding , Freestyle and Learning to Ride.

Posted by: Shannon