Learn how to ride the park on your snowboard is the sickest part of snowboarding! The key to nailing beginner snowboard tricks is to do them on the flat ground first. Grabs, spins, butters, ollies, and even grinds, should be practised standing on the ground, and as you snowboard down easy runs. You can break tricks down into three steps. First step is to learn a trick on the flat ground. Step two mastering a trick as you ride down an easy run. Step three trying the trick off a small jump.
Grabs – Before trying a nose grab in the air, you can stand on the flat ground and grab your nose. Get the feeling of grabbing your snowboard there first, and see where your knees are bent to do it. The next step is to find a small jump outside the park to try the grab. Finally once you’ve mastered it outside the park, it’s time to try it off a small jump inside the park.
Spins – Try spinning a frontside 180 on the flat ground before trying off a jump. If you can’t land it off the ground you will be bailing hard off a jump. Learning how to spin on your snowboard is one of the most fun things to do on the mountain. I practice my spins outside the park like crazy! I might warm up by doing 25 backside 180 outs the park first before trying them on a jump.
Jumps – I’m constantly doing ollies and nollies on my snowboard just on the flat ground. One way to challenge yourself is to learn switch ollies and nollies. A switch nollie is the same as a regular ollie, so it should be easy right? Try it.
Boardslides – The best way to get your boardslides down is practice them standing on the snow first to get your body position right. You can learn to do front and backside boardslides on you snowboard before the park. Or if you can already boardslide on boxes and rails the snow is a great place to experiment with different jib tricks. I learned how to 270 off on the snow before a rail.
Good luck learning how to do beginner snowboard tricks! Remember to master them outside the park first. It will keep you safe and you’ll look more stylish in the park too!
Getting comfortable with these tricks on flat ground first will set you up to nail the trick, and save your ass in the end!