What I Eat Before Snowboarding – Smoothie Recipe
This is the ultimate smoothie recipe that will give you lots of energy for snowboarding. I usually have a smoothie before I ride and I’ll sometimes bring a second smoothie up the mountain. This smoothie has about 850 Calories and is high in carbs and sugar, which will give you lots of energy to snowboard. You always want to eat before snowboarding, so you don’t have to stop for a big lunch, which can slow you down in the afternoon.
– 5 Bananas (spots tell you the banana is ripe)
– 5 Medjool Dates
– 5 Strawberries (try your favorite berry for taste)
If you gave this smoothie a try it would be awesome to get your feedback!
5 Snowboard Exercises for Beginner Training
5 snowboard exercises that will get you ready for your first day of snowboarding. On your first day of riding you’ll be learning a lot of new snowboard skills and using muscles that you may not normally use. These five exercises will get your body ready specifically for those new skills.
The first snowboard exercise to do is squats, which will strengthen your legs, your core, and also challenge your balance. You spend a lot of time in a squat position while snowboarding, especially when your doing heel sliding and heel turns. For good squat technique make sure you keep your knees apart, bend like your sitting in a chair, and keep your head looking up.
The next exercise to prepare you for you first day is bicycles. You’ll spend most of your time on your first day standing up from a seated position in the snow, and training bicycles will strengthen your core and make this a lot easier. While doing the the bicycles make sure you keep your head up and you’re not pulling your neck forward.
The third snowboard exercise is lunges which is another great exercise for strengthening your legs, core and improving your balance. The muscles you use for lunges are the some ones you’ll us when learning to skate and walk up hills. For a proper lunge make sure the knee you bend forward stays over your ankle and doesn’t go passed your toes.
The next exercise is bridges which will build the strength in your hips. You’ll used this forward hip strength when learning to toe slide and turn turn. Having your hips forward keeps you in a balanced body position over your board, with your knees bent and back straight. The key to bridges is to use the front of your thighs to bring you hips into the air.
The final snowboard exercise is push ups, which will prepare you for pushing yourself up off the snow, on your toe edge. For good push up technique try to keep your body in a straight line, with your head looking a bit forward. You can modify push ups to make them easier by keeping your knees on the ground.
Get into a routine of doing these five snowboard exercises before your first day riding and your body will be much more prepared to learn these snowboard skills, plus you’ll be less tired and sore at the end of the day, which will set you up to ride again the next day. Thanks for watching guys, I hope you give these a try, and I’ll see you in the next video!
How to Penguin Walk Snowboarding – Beginner Snowboard
In this video I’m going to teach you how to do the penguin walk. This is a great beginner snowboard skill which allows you to get across flat parts of the mountain, without having to unstrap from you snowboard. To make learning the penguin easy, I’ll show you a few skills to practice first, break down each part of the penguin walk and show you how to avoid common mistakes.
The first skill to practice is nose and tail presses. You use this same motion in the penguin walk, moving your weight between your front and back foot with each step. For the tail press move your weight over your tail and bend your back leg. Do the same for the nose press, moving your weight over your nose while bending your front leg.
Once you’re comfortable pressing on both feet, you can start bouncing between your nose and tail. Alternating your weight and use your knees to bend into the tail press and pop out into the nose press.
The next step to start using your toe edge to move forward. Each time you move your weight between your nose and tail, dig your toe edge in and push yourself forward. Focus on one foot at a time, until you can get a rhythm going.
Keep your weight center over you snowboard, to stay balanced, and keep yourself from falling forward. Use your arm to keep your momentum going and to help keep you balanced.
Give the penguin walk a try and let me know how it goes. If you have any questions, or if there are any other snowboard skills you want to learn, you can leave them in the comment section. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next video!
3 Beginner Snowboard Tips – First Day Snowboarding
In this video I’ve got three beginner snowboard tips to prepare you for your first day of riding. These tips are going to set up up to make the most of your first day and help you to avoid some common first day problems.
The first tip is to figure out if you’re a regular or goofy rider. Regular means going down the hill with your left foot first, and goofy means going down the hill with your right foot first. It’s also the foot you’ll keep strapped into your board while skating and getting off the chairlift. This is important to know a head of time so you can properly setup your snowboard stance. Or if you’re renting a board that you get the proper setup from the rental shop. There are few ways you can figure out which one is your front foot. You can slide across the snow, or across your kitchen floor, it’s the foot you would kick something with, or get a friend to push you from behind and see which foot your put out first.
The second beginner snowboard tip is to get into an exercise routine. On your first day snowboarding you spend a lot of time sitting in the snow trying to stand up. Squats, push ups and sit ups are three basic exercises which can really help make this easier. Push ups will definitely help for standing up on your toe edge. And sit ups and squats will help for standing up on your heel edge. An exercise routine will also help you to recover faster after your first day and enable you to do multiple days of snowboarding. This is where you can build off what you learned the previous day and really progress your riding.
The final beginner snowboard tip is to make a gear list of everything you need for the mountain. There are so many different pieces of equipment from what your wearing, to the snowboard equipment and safety gear. Whether you’re getting your gear brand new, borrowing from a friend, or renting for the day, you really need every piece. Talk to friends or someone from a local snowboard shop to make sure you have everything you need. If you get to the mountain and you find out you’ve still forgotten something, the lost and found is a great place to borrow something from.
I hope these three tips will help prepare you for your first day riding. Check out the beginner snowboard playlist for more tips. If you still have question you can leave them in the comment section. Thanks for watching guys and I’ll see ya in the next video!
How To Get Good At Snowboarding
In this video I want to talk to you about how to get better at snowboarding. This sounds like a bit of an abstract topic, but there are definitely some concrete strategies you can use to get better. In my years of snowboarding I have learned something the hard way, but I’ve also discovered some secrets that top snowboarders use. So whether you are trying to learn a new trick, want more confidence to hit a jump, or just want to progress your riding I think these tips will definitely help.
The first thing is to ride with a crew of snowboarders who all motivate each other. If the current people you ride with aren’t interested in progressing or would rather hang out in the chalet then you might need to switch things up. In my experience the days I pushed my snowboarding the hardest was when I was riding with friends who were pushing their riding just as hard. You feed off that energy and enthusiasm and it motivates you to ride better. And if your friends are better than you, then you have someone with experience to learn from.
Next you want to keep in mind the 10,000 hours rule. This is the idea that if you want to be an expert or a pro and something you have to put that much time in. I’m not saying you have to spend 10,000 hours snowboarding , but it shows that all the pro riders out there weren’t born with some snowboard talent, they simply put in more time than anyone else. And if you have the chance to put that much time in you can get to that level too.
Whether you are working on your tuns or a specific trick its important to break it down into all the individual parts. For example If your goal is to butter 180 there are so many parts working together to make that trick happen. A big goal of this channel is to help break things down and show how you all the pieces fit together. I can remember spending days practice my switch riding because I knew it was a big part of the butter 180 and a lot of other tricks. It’s the same for turning, simply take a step back and see which part you need to work on.
One of the mistakes I see people make is trying to learn by always going bigger. For example When I first learned to front 3 I did it on a small jump, then medium then large and extra large. I was doing front 360’s on XL jumps before I could even back 3 at all. So I went back and learned back 3’s and cab spins, grabs, and shifty. and I found out that There was about 20 or more tricks I could learn on the small jump, before stepping up in size. By learning this way you’ll have more confidence when it’s time to hit bigger jumps and you’ll have a lot more tricks to work on too.
Finally, and this might sound kinda funny but you actually need to be really good at failing to become a good snowboarder. The best days for me are when I’m trying something new and taking bails in the process. It’s not about how many times you land a trick, but how many times you fall, and try again. This doesn’t mean that you should set yourself up for failure. But if you do all the preparation and still fail, it’s the person who willing to get up and try again who will achieve their goals. (Falling Clips Jacky)
So I hope you can use these 5 strategies to get better at snowboarding! Give this video a thumbs up if you found it helpful. Connect with me on Instagram to share photos and video, and if you want any feedback on your riding. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next video!
3 Skills to Improve Beginner Snowboard Turns
In this video I’m going to give you three skills which will take your beginner snowboard turns to the next level. These skills will allow you to ride with more speed, stay in better control and ride with more a rhythm.
The first skill is to start spaying snow out the side of each turn. Spraying snow will help you to control yours speed early in the turn. When you’re a beginner you turn your board completely sideways and spray snow downhill at the end of the turn. To spray snow out the side get your board on edge early, and put pressure on your edge to spay the snow. Each time you spray snow out the side you’ll be controlling your speed and your board will stay pointed downhill.
The second skill is to steer your board faster. This will allow you to make smaller turns, which you need on more advanced runs. When your a beginner you steer your board gradually, which is only good on easy runs. To steer your board faster use your front knee. Turn your knee in for your toe turn, and turn your knee out for the heel turn. Your back hand also helps to steer your board. For the heel turn your back hand comes forward, and on your toe turn pull your hand backward, keeping your hand over snowboards tail. *In all my years of teaching I find that pulling your hand back is one of the most useful tools for steering at all levels. Using your back hand to steer will also keep your upper body square to your snowboard, which is the best way to stay balanced over your board.
The third skill is to create a rhythm in your turns. This will ensure that you’re controlling your speed equally on your heels and toes. When you’re just beginning your turns are very stop and start and it’s hard to create any type of rhythm. The easiest way I find to create a rhythm is to simply count to three in your head as you turn. By counting to three you’ll know when to start, finish and set up the next turn. After counting in your head for a few runs, your turns will be even and you won’t need to count anymore.
So good luck adding these three skills into your riding! If you have any question feel free to leave them in the comment section. If you want any feedback on your turns you can connect with me on Instagram and tag me in a 15 second Instagram video of you turning with the #mysnowboardturns. Give this video a thumbs up if you found it helpful. Thanks as always for watching and I’ll see ya in the next video!
Beginner Snowboard Playlist
The beginner snowboard playlist will prepare you for your first day of snowboarding. These videos will give you some tools to prepare for your fist day snowboarding and help you progress your riding past the beginner stage. When you're fist learning to snowboard take your time and learn at your own pace. Set reasonable goals that your can achieve and will keep you progressing each day. Snowboard with a friend and find someone who can give you a hand through any challenges. If you have any questions or video requests on beginner snowboard topics you can leave them in the comment area. Once you've mastered the beginner snowboard playlist you can move onto the trick and freeride playlists, where you can learn more advanced snowboarding skills! Thanks for watching and remember to subscribe for more videos!
10 Snowboard Hacks
In this video I want to share with you guys 10 snowboard hacks. A hack is basically an very easy solution to a big or annoying problem. I’ve learned these snowboard hacks over the years from friends or just through trial and error.
The first snowboard hack is for sore feet. I think everyone has experienced this and It’s cause by locking your foot into a tight space. An easy solution is to loosen up the bottom half of your boot. This will give your foot room to move around and relieve that pain. Keep the top section of your boot tight to maintain responsiveness as you ride.
The next hack is for foggy goggles. Goggle fog can be super annoying and dangerous if you can’t see where you’re going. This is caused by your breath going up into your goggles, or when you put your goggles on you forehead where most of you body heat escapes from. Get rid of the fog by pulling your face mask down to make a clear air way for you breath and if you do need to take your goggles off take them right off your head.
With so many pieces of equipment to remember your bound to forget stuff and something I’ve forgotten a few times is a belt. This can be annoying because snowboard pants are heavy especially if you get them wet, making them hard to keep up as you ride. A quick fix is to take the lace out of your shoe and use that as a belt to keep you pants high for the day.
A big problem on the mountain that you may not realize is dehydration. Because your up on the mountain in the cold you might not feel thirsty and go without drinking. Dehydration can make you feel drowsy and could affect your riding. I try and take a water break every few hours and this helps me to stay more alert an keep my energy levels up!
While your in for some water you may be temping to have a big lunch in the chalet. A big lunch can slow you down on your board and it can be expensive too. Pack some fruit or energy bars for snacks as you ride and save the big meals for before and after.
One of the danger of getting on the chairlift is your high back being broken. This happens because the space between the chair and the snow can be narrow, and if you high back is sticking up it can get crushed by the weight of the chair. To prevent this, kick your high back down every time you get on the chair.
When you’re walking to the mountain it can be tough to carry all the things you need like you helmet, goggle and gloves. I always stick my gloves and goggle into my helmet, string them through the helmet strap, then clip the strap to my belt buckle. Now I can walk to the mountain with my hands free to carry my board.
So when you’re just starting out it can be awkward to carry your snowboard. The best technique is to grab your board so your binding is resting on your forearm. This can cause another problem though, which is your board rubbing against your jacket and possibly creating a hole. So, make sure that you carry your board away from your body, so it doesn’t rub on your jacket. You can also carry your snowboard by your binding, kinda like a briefcase.
The next hack is for riding with ear buds. I love to snowboard and listen to music but sometime if the mountain is busy I like to be able to hear the people around me, to avoid a possible collision. So I’ll take one ear bud out, then I can listen to music and hear what’s around me.
One of the most common ways I see boards get damaged is when people leave their snowboard against a wall and then the board slide over or get knocked over by accident. Put your board on the ski rack or if there’s no rack lean your board into a corner.
An annoying problem is when you forget to wax your board and your board sticks to the snow as you ride. Save a wasted day by carrying a stick of rub on wax with you. It only takes a few seconds to apply and keeps your board running fast all day, until the next time you can get a hot wax.
I hope these 10 snowboard hacks help you out. If you have any snowboard hacks it would be great to hear about them in the comment section. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next video!
How to Turn on a Snowboard – Tutorial Video
In this video I’m going to teach you how to turn on a snowboard. Turning is the ultimate goal when learning to snowboard, because it gets you around the mountain and helps you to control your speed. To make learning this easy I’m going to break down turning in three very clear steps and give you the two keys to success.
Let’s start by focusing on the three steps to the heel turn.
The first step is to set up the turn. Set up the turn by controlling your speed on your toe edge. This will keep you from going into the turn with too much speed. From here you’ll also be able to plan out and visualize the turn. Make sure you’re balanced over your board with your knees bent back straight and hands at your sides.
Next you want to let your board run straight down the slope. To do this you need to put more weight over your front foot. Bend your front leg more or reach your hand toward the snow to get your weight forward. At the same time look and point your front hand downhill. As your board starts to go straight you can take the pressure off your toe edge and let your board run flat.
With your snowboard running straight and flat it’s time to turn and control your speed. To turn you need to look and turn your upper body to face the bottom of the run. Your lower body and board will follow your upper body. At the same time you want to put pressure on your heel edge control your speed. The timing for this is important, turning your board and pressing your heel edge at the same time so your board slides around nice and smooth.
For the toe turn start by controlling your speed on you heel edge, visualize your turn and make sure you balanced over your board.
Let you board run straight down the hill by putting more weight over your front foot, look and point your front hand downhill, take the pressure off your heel edge and let your board run flat.
Turn and control your speed by looking and facing the top the slope, at the same time pressure your toe edge to control your speed and set up the next turn.
To set yourself up for success make sure you pick a good beginner area to practice your turns. You’ll know you’re in the right spot when your board doesn’t pick up much speed when you go straight. You also want to practice lots of heel and toe sliding. Heel and toe sliding is key because it’s what sets the turn up and controls your speed at the end.
So, good luck learning how to turn on a snowboard guys! If you found this video helpful remember to give it a thumbs up. Share it with any friends who are learning to snowboard. Leave any questions in the comment area below. Check out the beginner playlist for more tips. Thanks for watching and I’ll see ya in the next video.
How to Snowboard – 10 Beginner Skills Video
Learn how to snowboard with these 10 beginner skills for your first day. These beginner snowboarding skills are going to help you get around the mountain, go down your first run and prepare you for the chairlift. Everyone learns how to snowboard at their own pace, so it’s fine if you spread these skills over a few days.
The first beginner snowboarding skill your going to learn is how to skate. Skating is how you get around with one foot strapped into your board. This skill will get you to the run and also to and from the chairlift. I prefer to skate with my free foot behind my board, using it to push me across the flat area.
You also need to know how to walk up hills. The best way to walk up a hill is to put your board across the slope and walk with your free foot infront of your board. With each step you take, dig in your toe edge. This will stop your snowboard from sliding downhill.
Now that you can skate and walk up hills it’s time to do some one footed riding. This is a skill that is absolutely necessary for getting off the chairlift. To practice find a very small slope where you point your board straight and ride with your free foot between your bindings. To stop yourself, move your free foot to the edge of your board and drag your heel or toe in the snow.
When you’re ready to go down a small slope the first thing you need to do is strap up both feet. The easiest way to do this is to sit down facing the bottom of the run with the board below you. Strap your board up one foot at a time with your knees bent so you can reach the straps. If you need to put your board down for a second make sure you snowboard is upside down, so it doesn’t slide away.
Once you’re strapped up it time to stand up and start sliding. To stand up start by reaching one hand forward and grabbing your board. Use this hand to pull yourself up, and at the same time push yourself up from behind. If you find this hard, get a friend to help you up the first few times.
Your first time down the slope, you’re just going to be controlling your speed, by sliding on your heel edge. With the heel slide the more you lift your toe edge away from the snow, the more your heel edge will dig in and slow you down. As you slide your body should be balanced over your board with your knees and hip bent, your back fairly straight, with your hands at your sides. To slide back and forth, point and put a little more weight into the direction you want to go.
The next skill for learning how to snowboard is to control your speed on your toe edge, but because we haven’t gotten to turning yet you’ll have to sit down and roll over. The easiest way I find to roll over is to lay back, grab your leg and pull your board over as you roll.
For toe sliding you control your speed by lifting your heel edge away from the snow to slow down, or let your heels get closer to the snow to slide faster. Think of pushing your knees forward into the snow as you slide to help dig your toes in more. Slide back an forth across the hill by looking and pointing in the direction you want to go.
Once you’re confident controlling speed with your heel and toes, it’s time get you board to go straight down the hill. Find a beginner area to try this where you won’t pick up too much speed. To make you snowboard go straight, start by putting more weight over your front foot, at the time point your front hand and shoulder downhill and you back hand and shoulder uphill. With your board going straight you can take the pressure off your boards edge and let you snowboards run flat.
Next step in learning how to snowboard is turning your board and control your speed. Just like you were practicing with the heel and toe sliding, you boards needs to be across the hill and on edge to control your speed. For the toe turn you need to turn and face the top of the slope, at the same time apply pressure to your toe edge. For the heel turn, turn and face the bottom of the slope, and at the same time put pressure your heel edge to turn your board and control your speed.
So I hope this video will give you some skills for learning how to snowboard and prepare you for your first day of riding. Use the hashtag “firstdayriding” to connect with other people learning how to snowboard and to share photos and videos of your experience. Remember to give this video a thumbs up if it helped you out. If you have any question about learning how to snowboard and these ten beginner snowboarding skills you can leave the in the comment section. Check out the beginner snowboard playlist for more tips! Thanks for watching and I’ll see ya in the next video!