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Last Updated: Friday January 05 2007 14:22 GMT

What is snowboarding?

Snowboarder leaping off ledge of snow
Snowboarding is similar to skiing but instead of going down a mountain on two skis, both of your feet are attached to a single snowboard.

Inspired by surfing and skateboarding, snowboarding was developed in America in the 1960s but it wasn't recognised as an Olympic sport until 1998.

You can turn on the snow by shifting your weight to your toes or heels, but lots of people struggle to keep their balance when they first try it.

There are three styles of snowboarding - freestyle, freeriding and alpine boarding.

Freestyle involves using ramps and other props to perform tricks and twists in the air, alpine boarding is all about speed and freeriding is a more all round style.

Guide to Snowboarding

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