I've heard of guys taking the high back off their snowboard bindings to make it more like straps, but its not for me.
That's what I have done. It's much more comfortable for me that way. easier to get boots in and out too. Would like to get Flow bindings. Not sure I would want the rotating bindings though, mostly wondering if they would ice up? It would be nice to change stance though..
Someone came up with this idea (rotating plates) about 5-6 years ago to make riding the lifts easier. Don't think it took off too well. They were over $100 for the adapter plates I recall.
another few pieces of gear worth mentioning:
- butt pads: they make this sort of thing for mountain bike shorts, protects your bum and also adds comfort if you're sitting on the snow/ice resting
- elbow & knee pads & helmet: agreed with above...if you land on ice with your elbows, knees, ass or head you're gonna feel some real pain.
- ice screw with tether and carabiner if your on a frozen lake
- ice pick for self rescue if there is any doubt about ice thickness
also, make sure you wax your board/skis. any icing on the bases will feck your ride
To get started make sure you pick out a good spot, proper snow coverage, at least a mile of clean fetch. gusty/shifty conditions suck, and you can easily get started in 10-15 kts with a 9-12m kite.
fixed some bad spelling - sorry
PS...to be fair, the guy starting this thread is a beginner so just trying to keep on track with pertinent advice. any notions of riding strapless are rather esoteric.