Let’s face it – snowboarding is a dangerous sport especially for children so parents are understandably hesitant about letting their kids enjoy the extreme sport; snowboarding has higher risks for injuries than alpine skiing. Fortunately, kids can still enjoy the extreme sport without risking their limbs and lives, thanks to the wide range of flash snowboarding games available in online sites.
Plus, kids can learn many lessons about snowboarding, safety in the sport, and sportsmanship as a snowboarder when playing these games. Just imagine the benefits that come from playing a single game for 30 minutes a day – play, after all, encourages learning.
Snowboarding as a Sport
Of course, flash snowboarding games are based on the extreme sport of snowboarding with designers adding elements that add to the realism of the games. Think of white snow, high slopes and safe snowboarding equipment, all of which are captured in great details in the games.
Kids, the more avid players of snowboarding games, will be encouraged to learn more about snowboarding just so they will have a better idea of the sport. Parents, in turn, can provide information about the sport, which can serve as another bonding moment for the family.
Snowboarding is a winter sport developed in the United States in 1960s although it was only included in the Winter Olympics in 1998. Snowboarders descend a slop covered in snow while standing on a board; the latter is attached to the rider’s feet with special boots set into its mounted binding. Think of skiing, sledding and skateboarding, all of which served as the inspiration for the sport, albeit with specialized equipment.
When playing snowboarding games, kids will also learn that snowboarding has several styles. Each of these styles involved specialized equipment, a fact reflected in the choices provided by game designers from the style to the equipment.
The most popular styles are:
• Jibbing. This involves riding, sliding and jumping on any surface other than snow such as rails, benches, and concrete ledges, thus, its popularity in venues like snowboard resort parks.
• Free riding. This refers to all-around snowboarding because of its emphasis on using the random flow of the terrain to the rider’s advantage. This is also the more common style used in snowboarding games because of the challenges presented to the player/rider.
• Freestyle. This involves the performance of tricks wherein the rider uses both natural and manmade features (i.e., logs, rocks, and rails) to perform tricks. This is different from alpine snowboarding because of the creativity that comes with it.
• Slopestyle. This is probably the most exciting style, thus, its popularity in snowboarding games. Riders perform tricks while descending down a slope or down terrain features (i.e., moving around, across, over, up and down).
• Big air. This is just as it sounds – riders perform tricks in the air (i.e., big air) while striving to achieve substantial height and distance from the jump-off point.
• Half-pipe. This is snowboarding over a semi-circular ditch while performing tricks. Riders are supposed to perform tricks while zipping from one side to the other as well as while in the air.
• Snowboard racing. Among all the snowboarding games, this is the most popular among kids for obvious reasons – a winner can easily be determined, for example.
And then there’s also the fact that playing snowboarding games encourages the value of sportsmanship among kids. Being a graceful winner or loser matters more than winning the gold medal, after all.