Posts Tagged ‘how to snowboard’

Intermediate Snowboarding Skills

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

So, now that you’ve got a few days of snowboarding under your belt you feel that you’re ready for more. As you’ve surely learned, snowboarding has a brutal learning curve, and snow is anything but a soft pillow to land on. Here are a few more tips to master before you sign up for the next park contest or boarder-cross race.

Ready to take your snowboarding to the next level? Learn the basics to truly enjoy a powder day like the one above!

#1 how to snowboard without getting hurt.

These days it is common to see signs around ski resorts that say something like, “easy style it.” What does that mean? This phrase simply means to stay within your limits so you don’t get hurt. The best way to gain respect on the mountain is to stay in control. Here are a few more tricks.

-If you fall fall, move to the side of the run quickly. Always be aware of other people especially when they’re moving fast. Also be ready to get out of the way if you fall exiting the chairlift!

-Try some wrist guards. Its easy to tweak your wrists when you fall. You’re wearing gloves and a jacket anyway, think of it as extra warmth.

-Don’t hit the most difficult trails until you’ve showed the easy ones who’s boss. This goes for parks too, stay out of the superpipe until you can kill it in the kids park.

MASTER THE FOLLOWING TECHNIQUES TO BECOME A PRO-SNOWBOARDER. Just kidding, but you will be in crazy good control if you’ve got these moves down.

Slide turns- you’ve probably seen snowboarders laying into their edges on turns, that’s why snowboards are so sharp. Don’t expect to pull this off until you’ve mastered sliding turns. In a slide turn you lose a little bit of speed speed on each arc. For a great example watch any snowboard contest, right before a hitting a jump most pros do a “speed check!” Practice toe-side to heel-side transitions, with this skill you’ll be in mad control of your line and your speed, the foundation for everything to come.

J-turns- J-turns are a great way to learn edge turning. (Step 1) Give a good look above you to make sure no one is coming towards you. (Step 2) turn toe-side (easier) or heel-side (harder) across the slope and back up the hill. Your line will look like a J!

180 hop- Works great at the end of a J-turn, since you will be pointing uphill and you want to go back downhill. Bend your knees a little and hop, turing your upper body back down the hill. Get ready to re-set your edge since you will land flat. Once you’re feeling confident try this while moving, its the basis for 180 airs.

Ollies- Are a lot like a hop, but with more style and pop. Snowboards are flexible and spring-y, use this to get yourself in the air by leaning back slightly before you jump. Since you’ve already taken the weight of your front foot all you have to do is jump with your back foot, pop it off your tail.

It’s usually a good idea to push yourself when trying to become a better snowboarder. Knowing your skill base is the fastest way to progress. If you’ve got the patience you’ll be bombing double black diamond runs in no time without falling. When you get home don’t forget to throw your shred-sled on your Nice Rack Snowboard Wall Rack. Let your snowboard take a break from riding, but never because you’re healing an injury!

Shakas

-Jason

Guide to Snowboarding

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Ever wanted to float? Most kids grow out of dreaming to become an astronaut, but snowboarding remains a way for adults and kids to get out and feel that sensation of flying. Snowboarders know what a wonderful feeling hitting a jump is or blasting through powder is. This post is to help beginners get to that place, because there are a lot of steps to conquer before you can really take to the air on a snowboard.

Snowboarding radness

Snowboard powder turn

Compared to board-sports like surfing, which require little more than the ocean, snowboarding often seems burred in equipment. Once you get the basics down however, you won’t need to think twice about gear before you’re on your way up the chairlift. Here’s the essentials:

Warm waterproof clothing. Snowboarding takes place in the mountains where conditions are often temperamental and extreme. Respect the power of the mountains like a surfer would respect the ocean or else be prepared to take a beating. Dress in layers, and don’t forget that the sun will be harsh, even if temperatures are freezing.

Snowboard boots should fit snugly. Since your boots will be strapped directly to your board any looseness in your boots will translate to worse control of your board. Don’t go too tight though, having your feet “fall asleep,” means even worse control of your snowboard!

Bindings are the mechanisms that hold your boots to your board. For beginners stick to basic two-strap bindings. although step-in bindings may look easier, you will never see a pro rocking rocking them. Practice putting your bindings on at home sitting down if you can, this will make it a lot easier when you have clumsy gloves on.

Snowboards come in all different shapes and sizes, you will however notice that most look like a popsicle stick, these are called freestyle snowboards. For your first time out get a freestyle snowboard the length of witch should stand to the height of your chin. Have an experienced snowboarder help you set up your stance. You don’t want to have your legs too far apart or too close together, the same goes for the angle of your stance. If you don’t know if you are regular or goofy check out this post. Another quick method is to decide which foot you kick with, put your kicking foot in back. It will steer you.

Snowboarding gear

Tips

  • Wear a helmet. Trust me, snow is not soft, neither are snowboards and trees.
  • To accellerate your learning take a lesson.
  • Try to learn proper techniques so you don’t have to un-learn bad habits. There are multitudes of books out there and I will cover some basics in the next blog!
  • Take breaks, drink lots of water, and pack nourishing snacks. Chairlifts are a great place relax and have a snack, just don’t drop your lunch!

What to do on Your First Day of Snowboarding

Hit the bunny hill. Don’t be discouraged when you see 6 year old kids carving circles around you. It takes a long time to learn snowboarding, but every thing you put in pays off! Be prepared to learn slowly and enjoy the process, just because you’re not Shaun White doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Don’t be convinced by your nephew or friend that you are ready for an advanced run if it is your first day.

How to use Handle pulls and T-bars

These devices are often used to pull people to the top of the beginner slope. It will often take several tries to get it right, when you do fall don’t hold on and let it drag you. Let go of the handle and move to the side as quickly as possible so the person behind you doesn’t fall too. Relaxing is the key to using tows, just go with the flow.

  • Did you know Nice Rack makes snowboard racks, that’s right, we don’t just make racks for SUPs and surfboards!
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Shakas,

Jason