Can You Snowboard in Rain?

Yes, you can snowboard in the rain – as long as there is enough snow on the ground to ride down the hill. Rain is a sign of warmer temperatures, which means the winter is coming to an end, and the base is melting. But you can ride until the white stuff disappears. 

I’m an avid snowboarder with years of experience on the mountain. I’ve ridden in all types of terrain and conditions and have snowboarded in the rain on a few occasions.

I’ll tell you how you can snowboard in the rain in this post. I’ll also touch on some things you’ll want to keep in mind if rain is in the forecast on the mountain. 

Let’s dive in. 

Snowboarding in Rain

Snowboarding in the rain is possible as long as there is still snow on the ground. Rain is obviously not the ideal weather for riding, but it doesn’t make it impossible. As long as you are prepared, it can actually be fun.

Rain occurs at a resort or other snowboarding location when the temperature is too warm for it to snow. This typically occurs towards the end of the season as warmer temperatures become more common and it doesn’t snow as much. 

And even though it’s possible to snowboard in the rain, it typically leads to less than ideal conditions on the slopes that can be challenging to deal with. Rain will accelerate the melting of the base, which means the end of the season is close

There are some locations where rain is more common. This can happen at resorts at lower elevations, such as those you might be familiar with near the ocean. It barely ever rains because of higher elevations or weather patterns in other spots. 

How to Snowboard in the Rain

If you see rain in the forecast, you don’t need to change up much in your approach to riding. You want to make sure you have waterproof outer layers, which you might already have on if you have suitable winter clothing. 

Visibility can become limited when it starts to rain hard, so you also want to make sure that you have good goggles to deal with this. Your snowboard goggles should be fine, but sunglasses probably won’t work

It’s also a good idea to put your hood up over your head when it’s raining. This will help keep your head from getting soaked. If your head gets wet, the rest of your body will get cold quickly, so this is an important thing to keep in mind in the rain. 

The snow on the mountain will also probably be slushy if it’s raining. That can make it feel sticky, so be careful as you ride because the chance for injury can increase in poor conditions.  


Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions relating to snowboarding in the rain. 

Is it safe to ski while raining?

As long as there is enough snow on the ground to actually ski or snowboard, it’s as safe as riding during any other condition. You want to make sure you stay dry by wearing waterproof clothing, but you can still ski when it rains as long as there is snow. 

What happens when it rains at a ski resort? 

Rain at a ski resort isn’t typical during the heart of winter, but it can happen closer to the spring when the temperatures start to warm up. Rain can accelerate the melting of the base, so it usually means that the season is coming to an end. 

What is the best weather for snowboarding? 

Many snowboarders think that bluebird powder days are the best weather for snowboarding. This typically happens after a nighttime storm clears out of the area, and there is plenty of fresh snow without much bad weather when you ride.

Is wet snow good for snowboarding? 

Wet snow is not that ideal for snowboarding. While this type of snow condition is better than nothing, it’s not as nice to ride on as colder, drier snow. Wet snow will typically hold you back and be more challenging to navigate.


It is possible to snowboard in the rain, and you don’t really need to do anything special when this happens. Just make sure you have waterproof clothing on and do your best to ride safely in wet snow.

About Lorraine
I'm a certified snowboard instructor. My first experience with snowboarding occurred at an indoor resort. One run had me hooked, and it has turned into a lifelong passion ever since then. I'm here to share with you some of the tips and advice I have learned along the way.

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