The Basic Moves in Snowboarding
There are basic moves in snowboarding that are fundamental in learning how to have good technique. These moves are for beginners, who are just starting out and need a little help with the process. It is best to perform these moves on a gentle slope with the rear foot free from its binding. This allows the rider to regain balance with his back foot and without having to re-strap the rear foot. Make sure to have a stomp pad on your snowboard so you are able to place your rear foot on this while doing these basic moves. Without a stomp pad your foot will slip off the board and cause you to fall down.
There are a few basic moves that a beginner should master before hitting the slopes. It is important to feel comfortable with each move before moving on to the next. It may be a good idea to invest in some lessons. Most resorts offer lessons for any age level. The professionals that teach these lessons will be able to show you how to execute all of these basic moves with precision.
The first one is called edging. This is an important move that a rider will perform very often. The rider should be able to balance oneself while on the board’s edge. Being able to ride on a snowboard’s edge is crucial for turning and stopping. First start off by placing the rear foot on the stomp pad of the snowboard. Then move the body onto the toes and tilt the board forward onto your toe’s edge. As you become more stable hold that position for a few seconds. Make sure to do this move multiple times until you feel completely steady. Then do the exact opposite by bending your knees and lifting the heel’s edge. These both are very difficult to do for someone who is just starting out. Just keep at it and it will come with practice.
The next one is called skating. This is what snowboarders do in order to reach the lifts. On a flat surface place all weight on the front foot and push with the rear foot, placing the rear foot on the stomp. It is also possible to practice heel edge and toe edge skating, by tilting the snowboard and body to those sides. Being able to do this move properly will further help with balance while on the board. If you are unable to balance on the board while skating just keep trying until you feel in control.
Remember in the first part of this article we discussed the basic moves that will help a snowboarder maneuver around the slopes without hurting anyone or himself. Snowboarding can be rewarding sport for people of all ages. Knowing these basic moves will allow a beginner to become a pro in due time. We learned how to skate and balance on the edge of the snowboard, which is an important step in snowboarding.
Next is the first descent. Make sure to go to a gentle slope and an area of low traffic. Shift your weight onto the front foot and then place the rear foot on the stomp pad. Hold your head up and look where you are heading. Slide down the hill and continue until the snowboard naturally slows. Slowing naturally may not be possible because some slopes do not have a long run out. Just be careful to not collide with anyone. Continue to do this until you’re comfortable with balancing down a slope.
Unfortunately most slopes do not end in a nice gradual run off for riders to slow down on their own, so stopping is something that must be learned before hitting the slopes. Beginner snowboarders should take the time required to master the skill of stopping. Since it is not as easy as putting on the break in a car, the technique behind it can be frustrating at first. Stopping can be done on the toe edge or on the heel edge. Toe edge stopping is performed by pushing with your rear foot and twisting with your front foot. This will cause you to turn either left or right depending what stance you are. Once you master toe edge stopping it is time to do heel edge stopping. It is the same idea, but will move the opposite direction.
Lastly, traversing is yet another important skill that should be mastered before leaving the beginner hill. This is what is needed to navigate around the slopes and is good to know in case someone unsuspecting falls in front of you. First try the toe edge of your board and whenever you reach the end of the trail reposition yourself and try to move the opposite direction on the heel edge.
Remember like any kind of sport whether it be soccer, hockey, or just bike riding it will take time to master these skills and be able to use them in combination with each other. Just keep practicing and it will eventually come natural. Before you know it, you will be racing your friends down the slopes.