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Take Up Snowboarding With These Basic Techniques

Take Up Snowboarding With These Basic Techniques


A good way to add change to your gym workout or summer sport program is take up snowboarding. Hitting the slopes for some winter fun and fresh air can make those enclosed gloomy days exciting and vibrant and snowboarding provides a great winter exercise option, especially for the lower body and core.

So, if you’re a first timer to snowboarding, or a part-time downhill skier, jump on a snowboard and follow these tips for some additional winter wonderland fun.





Find Your Stance

A snowboard stance is how you stand on your board when moving. A typical stance is to stand with knees slightly bent, a slight bend at the waist and arms out to the sides to maintain balance. However, your own personal stance may vary somewhat depending on what position makes you feel the most comfortable while riding. 

The idea is to find your own key stance which distributes your weight evenly and allows you to maneuver on the snowboard while keeping your balance. The best way to determine you stance is to find a small hill with a gradual decline to practice on until you become comfortable with riding the slope.





Learn to Stop

Before you start running hills with much momentum, you will want to learn how to stop. Both the drop and roll and the instant tree stop methods are not what you want to employ when barreling down a hill at a high rate of speed. Therefore, when you’re on that small slope getting a feel for your stance, use that time to also practice your stopping skills.

When you’re ready to stop, lean slightly forward and, using your hips, turn your legs so that the board swings perpendicular to the slope. Keep your weight distributed evenly and shift it to put more weight on the uphill edge of the board. The edge digging into the snow is what stops you.

Stopping should be done in one quick movement and with conviction or you may slide around backwards. Practice is the key so keep at it until you get it!





Straight Run

Once you become comfortable with your stance and confident with your stops, it’s time to hit a hill with a bit more of an incline for some straight runs. Straight runs are essential for building further balance and confidence before trying turns and other snowboard tricks.

To start your run, place your body weight on the front foot and then stomp your back foot into its clamp. You will begin sliding downhill, so just relax and ride it out with knees slightly bent and arms out to your sides to maintain balance. As you hit bumps, use your bent knees to absorb the shock while keeping your upper body still and in control. Apply your stopping technique at the base of the slope.






When you become comfortable at making straight runs, begin to practice snowboard turns. When you’re ready to turn, lean forward somewhat and rotate your shoulders slightly in the direction you want to turn. The actual turn is made by using your legs and hips to rotate your board and not your upper body. 

When you come out of your turn, straighten up while remaining balanced and continue on your way. 






Once you have these basic techniques down, you can begin to maneuver using a technique called skating. By practicing skating, you will build the necessary muscles, balance and confidence needed to go onto more complicated tricks and moves.

Make sure your front foot is secured tightly in its binder. Using your back foot which remains out of its clamp, push off and begin to move. Go into your stance and balance your body weight on your front foot. Then, push off of the snow with your back foot to gain speed (like you do on a skateboard).

To make turns and movements, remain balanced on your front foot while pushing on the toe edge (front) of your snowboard, or the heel edge (back) of your snowboard with your back foot. Skating can seem quite difficult at first, but can quickly be mastered with a little practice. When you’ve become adept at skating, you can move onto more complicated snowboard tricks.





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