In this beginner series video I’ll show you how to slide on the toe edge of your snowboard.
Toe Sliding allows you to control your speed and stop on your snowboard. It also allows you to travel from one side of the run to the other. Once you’ve mastered your toe slide you’ll be ready learn how to turn on your snowboard.
You want to start by finding an easy slope to practice on. For your first try you can even get someone to give you a hand for balance.
To start your snowboard sliding bend your knees forward towards the snow and lift your heel edge. The more you lift your heels away from the snow the slower you will go. You want to find that spot where you can lift your heels and slide smoothly on your toes.
While sliding keep your knees bent with your back straight, and head up. This will keep your weight in the center of the snowboard.
To slide from side to side simply look in the direction you want to go. Turning your head will cause your body to turn slightly, and angle your snowboard in the direction you are looking. To change directions, simply look the opposite way and your body will turn and angle your snowboard in that direction. By looking to the side you will also be able to see any obstacles that may be in your way. To stop your board from sliding side to side, simply look and face your body to the top of the slope.
Practice toe sliding until your comfortable controlling your speed and travelling back and forth across the hill. In the next beginner series video I’ll show you how to do single turns on the hill.
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By: Kevin Pearce