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Snowboarding Course - Switching Edges

If you find yourself on the wrong edge, you need to unfasten your Snowboard Bindings, turn around, and attached the bindings to your feet. However, there is an easier way of switching edges. This is by rolling on your side while your feet are attached to the board. In this section, learn how to switch edges the easy way:

Switching Edges - Toe to Heel

STEP 1: This is probably easier to do than switching from heel edge to toe edge. Drop on your knees and plant your hands on the snow.

STEP 2: For additional support, move your elbows down so it will be easier to roll on your side.

STEP 3: Duck your right shoulder and move your upper body towards the direction of the roll.

STEP 4: Get your Snowboard up in the air and gradually turn it around.

STEP 5: At this point, you should be lying on your back and your Snowboard is in midair.

STEP 6: Put your Snowboard down. Using your hands, push yourself up to a sitting position. You have already switched from toe to heel edge.

Switching Edges - Heel to Toe

STEP 1: In changing edges from heel to toe, sit on the slope and slightly bend your knees.

STEP 2: Lie down and put your hands on your sides.

STEP 3: Put your hands behind your knees and try to get your Snowboard in the air.

STEP 4: Turn the Snowboard once it gets airborne. Plant the tail or nose of the board into the snow.

STEP 5: Continue to roll on your side until the Snowboard is already is on its toe side and you are facing the uphill.

STEP 6: At this point, you have switched from heel edge to toe edge. Use your hands for support as you stand up.

This is the basic way of switching edges when you are on the slope. You will soon be able to change sides easily when you find yourself on the wrong edge. Just make sure to keep away from other snowboarders when you need to do this.

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Wednesday 12th September 2007 at 1:31:18 AM  

This is a really cool animated demonstration on how to switch edges. Very useful for beginners. Hehehe.

Wednesday 12th September 2007 at 1:45:45 AM  

Although this snowboarding trick is pretty much common sense, it still helps to know that there is a proper way to do it and apply it. It saves you from several unnecessary movements so that you can immediately get back on the slope and practice more.Really love the animation in this website...

Monday 1st December 2008 at 2:49:57 PM  

I don''t understand why you would need to do this? I''ve never snowboarded but am interested in trying. What would be considered a "wrong edge"?

Friday 12th December 2008 at 2:50:29 PM  

yes exactly this is a time and hustle it...cant wait to try myself...

Saturday 13th December 2008 at 2:01:30 AM  

cool bosnia and herzegovina is learning :D

Sunday 21st December 2008 at 5:11:02 AM  

there''s really no "wrong edge", basically it depends on how you ride the slope. if you''re more comfortable with left foot first then that''s your "right edge" or vice versa

Sunday 18th January 2009 at 3:11:08 PM  

I have trouble getting up when the board is in front of me. On the slopes, I see more short females having difficulty with this. Is there a trick to make this easier? I have considered having my arms lengthened, but that seems rather over the top ........ :-)

Friday 13th February 2009 at 10:23:39 AM  

i think it's simply hillarious seeing people that fall on their face while boarding backwards, trying to get up bottom first. true to say switching edges is a very natural move but if you don't see others doing it, you think you just look goofy!

Saturday 21st February 2009 at 12:57:46 PM  

It''s easy: (assuming left foot is front) grab front edge of board with your right hand and PULL yourself up. This way you edge your board up a bit and prevent sliding down the slope.

Monday 29th June 2009 at 8:35:52 AM  

Actually Marek, you should never put your hand under the boards edge when standing up! I have seen too many beginners with bleeding hands from trying that and falling forwards. Try pulling from the toe of your boot instead. That way you can keep all your fingers.

Sunday 27th September 2009 at 4:47:27 AM  

why can''t you just 180??

Monday 14th December 2009 at 4:24:18 AM  

Yes, Nick i did get some bloody hands.

Friday 18th December 2009 at 3:11:48 PM  

@ ladylin

thanks for your constructive message, you sound like a real wise soul adding value to our world. But maybe you should make fun of beginners on a different forum?

Saturday 2nd January 2010 at 2:01:53 AM  

I have the same problem as Pete does, and I''ve tried pulling myself up by pulling on the board, but it doesn''t work for me. I''ve only been able to get up once ever when the board has been in front of me. So, I roll around like the animation shows. I''d like to be able to get up "normally" though!

Monday 18th January 2010 at 12:23:08 PM  

I can only do the "heel to toe" edge, because I have quite a lot of trouble getting up if I am laying down with my face to the sky. Can someone drop an tip/advice?

~~Please && Thanks (:

Monday 18th January 2010 at 4:23:59 PM  

this is an okay way of doing it, but since I am small, I have managed to hit the board on my head. =)

Thursday 28th January 2010 at 7:38:27 AM  

i just went snowboarding for the first time last week, and while i didn''t have much trouble with the moving part, since i used to skateboard, i also had a lot of trouble standing up. I realized that if you have your board horizontally in front of you while you are sitting facing forward, kind of lean forward and dig the front edge of the board a little bit into the snow so that when you go to stand up the board won''t move as much, making it a lot easier. now dont dig a hole or anything...just the slightest bit. i guess it isnt the textbook way to get up, but it helped me a lot :)

Monday 8th March 2010 at 3:58:02 AM  

i just went snowboarding for my first time on saturday and found myself doing this naturally [cuz yeah, getting up from your butt is hard! haha]! it''s interesting to see that it''s an actual kind of move!

Wednesday 12th May 2010 at 11:50:24 PM  

I was actually about to say what Emily said, but when your board is horizontally in front of you and you are sitting facing down the hill, digging the front edge of the board would achieve a nice face plant. You need to apply pressure on your heels while keeping your knees bent. With practice you achieve a balance along with a motion where once you stand up you slide a bit downhill in the brake stance and you will naturally dig in your board the perfect amount to stand while on a steeper slope.

Thursday 28th October 2010 at 7:52:20 PM  

What i did when i was first starting was if i was facing the sky i put all my weight on my heels and leaned forward then once i was almsot up i did a little 90 degree hop to get going down the mountain. if i was facing the ground then i would put all my weight on my toes and do the 90 degree hop. its actually fairly easy once you do it a few times.

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Saturday 26th March 2011 at 5:41:14 PM  

The animated video along with the step by step photos are awesome, extremely helpful! Thanks for sharing all this! ;)

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Lessons Overview

Below you can find all the lessons of our Learn Snowboarding Online Course:

1: Snowboard Basics
2: Carrying your Snowboard
3: Skating
4: Switching Edges
5: Gliding
6: Moving Up the Slope
7: Sideslipping (Heelside)
8: Sideslipping (Toeside)
9: Traversing (Heelside)
10: Traversing (Toeside)
11: Falling Leaf
12: Garlands
13: Linking Turns

Done? Try our Snowboarding Tricks section.