The cost of snowboarding

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) – Are you “regular” or “goofy?”

24 Hour News 8’s Brett Thomas helps you figure it out, as he continues our “Daybreak Goes Olympic” series, by showing us the sport of snowboarding.

http://woodtv.com/2014/02/20/snowboarding-101-getting-down-the-mountain/

With the help of snowboarder Jonny Sischo, Brett broke down the kind of equipment you need and how much it costs to participate and learn how to snowboard.

First, you need to get the right boot size.

When Sischo gives lessons to newcomers, he asks them what foot they kick a soccer ball with to determine the person’s dominate foot, which goes on the back of the snowboard. If the answer is right, then they are considered “generally regular.” If the answer is left, then they are considered “goofy.”

When it comes to rentals, prices range from place to place. At Pando Park in Rockford, it costs $20 for boots, a snowboard and bindings. Lift tickets range from $11 to $20 for a day of fun.

If you are looking for a permanent solution and want to buy gear, then expect to pay between $100 and $180 for boots, $250 to $450 for the snowboard, and another $120 to $240 for bindings.

But this time of year, you can do better than that because most places have their items on sale.

A lesson can cost between $10 and $25.

Just remember, you don’t use poles while snowboarding, and sometimes have to hop around.

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