Taking a lesson is one of the best ways to begin snowboarding, and even snowboarders with experience can benefit from working with a coach. Snowboarding classes are typically divided up according to skill so that riders will be grouped with those of comparable ability.
The eastern division of the American Association of Snowboard Instructors uses a one through nine classification system to determine appropriate lessons for riders. A level one rider is brand new to the sport, while a level nine rider is confident, familiar with a variety of techniques, and ready to explore the finer challenges of the sport. Levels two through four concentrate on turning and stopping, while levels five and six introduce the rider to varied terrain. By the time a snowboarder is classified as a level seven through nine, they can not only navigate the board and the terrain, but they will also be comfortable in different snow conditions.