In this beginner series video I’ll show you how to slide on your snowboard on the heel edge.Sliding on your heels is the first thing to practice with both feet strapped into your snowboard. Heel Sliding allows you to control your speed on the slope. It also allows you to travel from one side of the run to the other. Before trying to heel slide make sure you’ve watched the videos on how to skate and how to get off a chairlift.
To start your snowboard sliding lift your toe edge up away from the snow. The closer your edge to the snow the faster you will slide, the more you lift your toes the slower you will go. You want to find that spot where you can lift your toes and slide smoothly.
While sliding keep your knees and hips bent with your back straight, and head up. This will keep your weight in the center of the snowboard.
Keep your hands at your side and shoulders facing the bottom of the slope, this will keep your snowboard sliding straight.
Slide to the left by point your left hand down and to the left, putting a little more weight on your left foot. To change directions start pointing to the right, and put a little more weight on your right foot. To slide straight put equal weight on each foot, and square your shoulders to the bottom of the slope.
Practice heel sliding until your comfortable controlling your speed and travelling back and forth across the hill. In the next beginner series video I’ll l show you how to slide on your toes, which is the final step before turning on your snowboard.
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By Kevin Pearce