23 Things Snowboarders Do That Ordinary People Won’t Understand

These probably seem strange to people who don't get it...

1) You look at grassy hills in summer and pick out lines, couloirs and cliff drops

Photo: Shutterstock
Photo: Shutterstock

2) Ordinary people see clouds. You see perfect Japanese pillow lines

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Photo: Shutterstock

 3) You spend your whole time imagining how sick the handrails would you see would be… if only there was some snow

Photo: Shutterstock
Photo: Shutterstock

 4) You wear your beanie all year round… whatever the weather

Photo: Burton Snowboards
Photo: Burton Snowboards

5) You actually rejoice when it snows, instead of whinging about ‘transport chaos’…

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Photo: Shutterstock

6) …and you actually get excited by Daily Express stories about the ‘Worst Winter Ever’ (which is the only time it’s acceptable to share Daily Express stories)

Photo: Screenshot
Photo: Screenshot

7) You have a mental list of tunes that would be perfect for your video part… and an idea of which bits would go where

8) The two photos you never delete from your phone aren’t your other half or your dog… they’re your proudest moments

Photo: Dan Medhurst
Rider: Tristan Kennedy Photo: Dan Medhurst

9) You refer to certain people by their first names, even though you’ve never met them. Despite the fact your non-snowboard mates have no idea who Travis, Shaun or Halldor are…

Photo: Freestyle.ch
Photo: Freestyle.ch

 10) Not only do you know their names, you actually know how to pronounce them. Even the awkward Scandinavian ones. Try getting a non-snowboarding friend to say Terje Håkonsen properly…

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Photo: terjehaakonsen.com

11) You can explain the difference between tartiflette, raclette and fondue…

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Photo: Tartiflette

12) …and you know your genepi from your schnapps

Photo: Marcin Floryan / Wikipedia
Photo: Marcin Floryan / Wikipedia

13) You wear jackets like this round the city…

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Photo: Ali Express

14) …and shirts like this on the mountain

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Photo: Screenshot

15) When someone says “cork” your ears prick up…

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Photo: Wikipedia

16) …But you wince at the word “knuckle”

Photo: Wikipedia
Photo: Wikipedia

17) When you see a handrail, you can’t resist imaginary finger boarding…

Photo: Screenshot
Photo: Screenshot

18) …Usually accompanied by ‘rail noises’

19) Everything is a surface for stickers

Photo: Tristan Kennedy
Photo: Tristan Kennedy

20) Alaska means more to you than bears, guns and Sarah Palin…

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21) …And you sigh wistfully every time you see a helicopter

Photo: Wikipedia
Photo: Wikipedia

 22) You can always pick out the snowboarder in the crowd…

Photo: Where's Wally
Photo: Where’s Wally

23) …and when you do, you give them a nod. Cos you know, they get it.

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