Are Snowboard Leashes Required?

Snowboard leashes are not required at every resort. But there are some resorts where you need to have a leash. Always check this requirement before you get into the lift line, or you might be sent away to get a leash. 

I’m a lifelong snowboarder with an endless passion for the sport. I’ve been to many different resorts and have seen places where you need to wear a leash and other locations where you don’t. 

I’ll tell you where you might be required to use a snowboard leash in this post. I’ll also tell you how to use a leash if you are required to have one. 

Let’s jump in.

Are Snowboard Leashes Required? 

Every ski and snowboard resort that you visit will have different requirements. This applies to whether you need to wear a snowboard leash and many other rules and regulations. It’s up to the rider to know these before attempting to get on the slopes. 

These days, most locations do not require that you have a snowboard leash. Modern bindings effectively keep your board attached to your feet, and runaway boards are a pretty rare thing. 

But some resorts still require that you need to have a leash. You might not be allowed up the chairlifts without one, so double-check these requirements before you wait in line and make sure you have a leash if you need one. 

If you have step-in bindings, wearing a leash is always a good idea, even if it’s not required. Step-in bindings can pop off, and a leash will prevent your board from sliding down the slopes without you.

Even if you aren’t required to wear a leash, it’s not a bad idea if you are worried about safety. I’ve had a board runaway on me a few times, and a leash would have easily prevented this problem.  

How to Use a Snowboard Leash

Snowboard leashes are very easy to use. They basically serve as a way to attach your snowboard to your body, usually between your bindings and your boots

Leashes will either have a clamp, strap, buckle, or another way to attach one end of the leash to your bindings and the other to your leg. You want to make sure that both ends are securely attached for it to work correctly. 

You only need a leash on your back foot, so you only need a single leash. Attach the binding end to your bindings before you head to the mountain, and then attach the other end to your lower leg or boots once you step into your bindings. 

You might need to clear snow or ice away from the leash if you take it off to go into the lodge or hike. Simply do this with your glove or other foot. If there is snow built up at the connection point, it will prevent it from being secure. 

There are several different styles and designs of leashes, but they are all straightforward to figure out. If the product you buy doesn’t come with instructions, it should be pretty self-explanatory to use it.  


Here are some of the most frequently asked questions related to snowboard leashes. 

How do you use a snowboard leash? 

A snowboard leash attaches from your bindings to your body. Leashes typically have a clamp or strap that attaches to your bindings and another strap that wraps around your lower leg or boot. You just need to make sure these are both connected to use a leash correctly. 

Do you need a leash with step on bindings? 

Most step-on snowboard bindings do come with a leash. This type of binding can release easier than step-in style bindings, so it’s important to wear a leash to prevent a runaway board. But a leash might not be required, depending on where you are riding. 

Do snowboards have brakes? 

Snowboards do not have brakes. Unlike skis that have brakes built into the bindings, snowboards will slide down the slopes if they aren’t attached to the rider. That’s why leashes can come in useful. 


Most resorts don’t require that you use a snowboard leash, but you should still check the regulations for each resort you visit. And even though it’s not needed, you can still wear a leash for added safety and prevent runaway boards. 

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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