Welcome to our Snowboarding Online Course, your all-out tutorial for basic skills, techniques, and maneuvers in Snowboarding. Know How to Snowboard and learn the proper moves right from the very beginning so you will have a good foundation before venturing into the intermediate and advanced skills. Animations are also provided as we want you to see a particular move before you actually try it out. We hope that you will learn a Snowboarding Tip or two in these sections.
STEP 1: Find a flat area or gentle incline. Keep away from high-traffic areas. Rest your Snowboard on the snow, with the bindings facing down. This is to secure your board in place and keep it from getting away from you.
STEP 2: Turn the board towards you. If you are on a gentle incline, attach the safety leash on your front leg to keep the board from sliding down.
STEP 3: Start fastening with your front foot. Place your foot in the front binding. Fasten the ankle strap. Make sure that your heel is securely in place.
STEP 4: After fastening the ankle strap, secure the toe strap. Make sure that it is snug enough without hurting your foot. Now that your front foot is buckled in, you can start getting accustomed to your board.
STEP 5: Stand up and move your board up and down using your front foot. Do this repeatedly until you get comfortable with your board.
STEP 6: At this point, put your free foot forward. This is the same as Step 5 but this time, the board is behind you. Move it up and down to acclimatize yourself to the board.
Gearing up on the slope and getting accustomed to your board are some of the fundamentals in learning how to ride. Getting comfortable with your board and your set of equipment in general can help you in performing various Snowboarding skills, techniques and maneuvers.
Strapping in, standing up and acclimatizing yourself to the board are some of the first few things you need to know as a beginner. In this section, get some valuable Snowboarding Tips on how to gear up on the slope.
Carrying your Snowboard
When you are walking on the slope, watch out for other people or objects that you might hit with your Snowboard. In this section, learn several ways to carry your board.
There are several ways to carry your Snowboard while on the slopes. One important thing to remember is to watch out for other people or objects you might hit with your board when you are walking. Another one is to avoid dropping your board on the slope, unless you want to go on a Snowboard chase. In this section, learn several ways to carry your Snowboard:
The most common way of holding your Snowboard is to carry it like a book. Simply carry your Snowboard under one arm with your hand holding the board in the middle for balance. In this way, your board is pointing at the same direction you are facing.
Another way to carry your Snowboard is to put it behind your back and hold it with both hands. This is less tiring than the first since you will be using both hands. However, this will be quite a challenge when going uphill as the weight will somehow drag you down.
You can also just drag your Snowboard up the slope by holding or wrapping the leash around your wrist. This is especially convenient when you are traveling long distances and you need to carry your Snowboard. Just make sure that you don’t bother anyone when you are dragging your board on the slope.
If you have to leave your board alone, one option to keep it safe is to use a lock. Some resorts provide snowboard locks for specific kinds but it would be more advisable if you have your own. You can also share locks with your friends. If you decide to leave your board at the base, make sure that it can be easily seen from where you are.
We have listed some of the ways to carry your Snowboard. In general, it is a matter of preference. No matter how you do it, just make sure that you will not hit anyone or it will not slide down the slope.
Learn Skating so you can move through flat areas or terrains and get on and off the chairlift with ease. Watch our animation and get some Snowboarding Tips.
Mastery of skating from one place to another is a useful skill in Snowboarding. You will have to skate when you are making mid-mountain transfers from lift to lift, crossing the flats from the base lodge over to a lift, or when trying to get moving again if you get caught on a ‘cat track’. Practicing this useful technique will also help you get the feel of gliding the board forward on the flat before you attempt the same motion on a gradual slope.
Here are some tips on how to skate:
Attach your front foot to the Snowboard Bindings, and leave your back foot free.
Make a skating motion by placing your front foot in front of you whileusing your back foot to move forward. Skating/Sliding on your Snowboard with one foot attached is something you need to learn and would do often in Snowboarding. Every time you need to enter or exit a lift or travel short distances on a level or uphill slope, you will need to skate.
Try skating around but make sure that your back foot should never be ahead of your front foot. Make sure to only make small steps with your back foot.
As you improve, you will learn how to take bigger steps and really kick with your back foot.
Also, make sure to keep your front leg slightly bent with most of your weight on your front foot. It will help keep your balance.
As your skills improve, you will be able to make some speed. You will also be able to place your back foot on your Snowboard Stomp Pad or press it against the back of your Snowboard Binding if you don’t have a stomp pad. Then, try to keep both feet on the board as much as possible. Try to crouch and get up while sliding on the board.
You might not be comfortable with skating at first. Try practicing it and soon enough you will be good at it. Skating demands more balance and attention to the terrain so keep on practicing and you will soon be able to skate with ease.
This Snowboard Exercise will teach you how to switch edges with both feet strapped in. Just use our animation as your guide as you move from one edge to the other.
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.
This basic movement will help you to be comfortable in shifting your weight forward and in gaining Snowboard control. Read our easy-to-follow instructions on how to make straight glides.
Gliding is one skill that you should be able to do before you progress to other Snowboard Exercises. This basic movement will help you to be comfortable in shifting your weight forward and in gaining Snowboard control.
This will also be helpful when riding a chairlift. You can be able to unload from a chairlift in control if you are able to turn out of a glide. As soon as you are able to stand tall on a board and glide down from an incline, then you are ready for the chairlift.
STEP 1: First, find a gentle slope with as little human traffic as possible. Maintain your balance while standing. You can spread your arms a little bit to help you stay in upright position. As soon as you are ready and the coast is clear, place your back foot just in front of the back Snowboard Binding.
STEP 2: Lean forward so you can start moving downhill. Point your toes down to move forward and shift your weight backward to slow down or stop. Always look at where you want to go and not at your Snowboard.
Moving on the slope with only one foot attached to the Snowboard can be pretty exhausting but you will find that it will be very useful in many ways. Practice and be comfortable in doing straight glides before trying other Snowboard Exercises.
Moving Up the Slope
You will have to go up and down the slope repeatedly to learn Snowboarding. In this section, learn how to inch your way up the slope with both feet strapped in.
After trying to skate/slide down the bunny hill, you will now have to learn how to move up the slope. You can do it by inching your way up while both feet are attached to the board. In this section, learn how to move up the slope with both feet strapped in:
STEP 1: Start off by finding a slope with as little human traffic as possible. Face uphill and with both feet strapped in, assume a frog-like position – toe edge on the snow, knees bent, and your hands planted on the ground just like in the illustration.
STEP 2: Begin inch worming by moving your arms forward. Then, gradually extend your legs. Make sure your Snowboard is still on its heel edge. This position is quite difficult to make because of the weight of your body and the inclination of the slope. Just use your arms and your heel edge for support.
STEP 3: This step will require considerable effort on your part. Without moving your arms, pull your legs toward you just like what a frog’s hind legs do when it hops. It helps if you elevate your Snowboard and use your knees to move forward.
STEP 4: Repeat the steps until you have inched your way up the slope. If you can perform this move well, then you won’t have a hard time going up the slope with your Snowboard still attached to your feet.
Moving up the slope in this manner is quite tedious so you can only perform it for short distances only or if you can still endure doing the steps repeatedly.
Sideslipping is a controlled slide along the Fall line of a slope. This will teach you how to use the heel edge of your Snowboard in controlling your descent.
After learning Sideslipping (heelside), you can try doing its counterpart. Know what Sideslipping (toeside) is all about and learn how to use your board’s toe edge in controlling your descent.
Traversing will teach you how to control your speed and improve your balance while on the slope. You can start doing Heelside Traverses. This section will show you how.
Traversing is a maneuver that takes you from one side of the slope to the other while descending gradually. In this section, learn how to traverse using the toe edge of your board.
As the name suggests, the Falling Leaf is similar to the movement of a leaf that falls from a tree. The difference is that this Snowboard Exercise involves a change in direction.
Garlands are called as such because the traces that you will leave on the snow are similar to garlands that you see in Christmas trees. Read on and learn how to do this exercise.
Linking Turns is the final step in our online course where you combine all you have learned. At this point, you should already know some essential factors such as Snowboard control and edge awareness.
Being able to perform several tricks can make your Snowboarding adventure more exciting and can give the adrenaline rush you are looking for. Learn Aerial and Surface Tricks as well as Tricks on Rails and Halfpipe.
Learn more here: All Snowboarding Tricks
Now that you have already learned Snowboarding with the help of this online course, you may just be able to make advanced moves in your next snowboarding and ski holidays! In the process of Learning How to Snowboard, you can always go back to our online course and get a Snowboarding Tip if you are having difficulties doing a particular maneuver. With the help of these sections, we hope that you will be on your way to becoming a good snowboarder in no time.