5 Skills to Improve Snowboarding for Jumps and Tricks
5 skills that will improve your snowboarding and prepare you for doing jumps and tricks in the terrain park. Go from being a beginner to an advanced rider. A lot of people think that you become good at snowboarding tricks and jumps by riding in the terrain park, but you actually need to develop a strong set of snowboarding skills outside the park first. I’m going to go through five snowboarding skills that will make you a better snowboarder and get you on the path riding park.
The first skill is the ability to ride with speed. For hitting a jump you’ll be riding in with speed, but you’re also going to be landing with even more speed. So it’s important that you’re comfortable riding at high speeds. Work on increasing your speed at your own pace and in an area of the mountain that’s not too busy.
The second skill is tied directly to the first and that is being able to control your speed. In the park you need to be able control speed as you ride up to a feature and then controlling your speed is the first thing you’ll do when you land. You can work on controlling your speed by doing quick speed checks as you ride.
The next skill you want to develop is your overall balance on your snowboard. When you’re doing tricks in the park your balanced is constantly behind challenged. A great way to improve your balance is by riding different types of terrain. Riding on uneven runs, in the moguls, through trees and in powder.
A snowboarding skill that used all the time in tricks is carving. Whether you’re spinning off a jump or doing your first 180, carving is the platform that sets up these tricks. Take your time when your learning to carve, it does take a lot of practice, but if you delicate yourself to it, it will pay off in the park.
The final snowboarding skill and probably most important is riding switch. Switch is use in most tricks, your either taking off switch or landing switch. I personally try to spend at least half my day riding switch. When you’re first learning it can be be tough for the first few turns but once you get the hang of it, it opens up the possibility for so many different tricks.
I hope you start working on these five skills and it gets you on the path to hitting jumps and doing tricks.. It would be awesome to hear how you progress through these skills and feel free to leave any question. If you found this video helpful remember to like, share and subscribe. I’ll see you in the next video!
10 Tricks for Preseason Snowboard Training Video
10 tricks and skills to practice for preseason snowboard training. Doing this kind of off preseason snowboard training can refresh yours snowboard skills and get you in the mindset to learn new snowboard tricks.
1. Tail Press
The first two trick you can practice are nose and tail presses. These are great skills you can use on the snow, rail and in butters. To get int the press move your hips over your tail, while you bend your leg. A soft or reverse camber board will help you get into the press.
3. Jump (Pop)
Bend your knees, then jump even off your front and back foot. Suck your knees up and keep your board level.
Move you weight back over your tail, then extend off your back foot. As you spring off your tail suck both knees up to get your board level in the air.
Move your weight over your nose, then extend your front foot. As you spring off your nose suck both knees up to get your board level in the air.
6. Front 180
For the front 180 start by turning your body forward, then jump even off both feet and twist your hips to bring your board around.
7. Back 180
For the back 180 start by turning your upper body back toward your tail, then jump even off both feet and twist your hips to bring your board around.
8. Nollie 180
Combine a Nollie and twisting 180 to get the Nollie 180.
For the Tripod turn your upper body and reach down to plant your hands behind your tail. Move all your weight out over your tail to flex your board.
Practice grabbing your board in different places get used to how each grab feels and build you muscle memory so you’ll know how it should feel in the air.
How to Hit a Hip Jump – Snowboarding Tricks
In this video I’ve got some tips for hitting a hip jump. A hip jump is a lot of fun because regardless of the size of the hip, you decide how big you want to go on it. A hip jump can also be tough to learn because of change in angle between the takeoff and landing. I’ll break down the hip jump so you’ll know exactly how to takeoff and what do in the air so you can stomp the landing.
To start you need know where to takeoff and where to land. It’s common when beginners first hit a hip to takeoff from the side, but this will leave you landing on the flats and possible crashing. For hips you always want takeoff straight from the top, and land near the top on the steepest part of the hip. Even if you don’t get any air you still want to practice riding to the top and down the steep part. It may take a few try’s to get your speed right just to make it to the top. As you get comfortable on the hip you can ride in with more speed to go bigger and land further along the top. If the hip jump at your local resort is small, make sure you don’t go too big and clear the entire hip.
In the air you need to turn your body and board to match the angle of the landing. For a frontside air, take off with your body in a neutral position, then in the air start to open up and turn your body forward. You can see when I land that my back is facing the camera. To help you turn in the air, you can turn your front shoulder toward the angle you want to land on. For a backside air takeoff with a neutral body position, then turn your front shoulder in to match the landing. You can also keep you back hand back to help angle your board to the landing You can see that my chest is now facing the camera as I ride down the landing.
If you’re not ready for the park and you want to work your way up to hitting the hip jump you can start by riding up banks beside the run, doing a jump, and riding down the bank. You’ll use the same skills to change direction in the air that you do on a hip. Leave any question you have about hip jumps below or suggestions for video you want to see made. Thanks for watching and I’ll see ya in the next video.
How to Jump on a Snowboard – Tutorial Video
Learn how to jump on your snowboard. Learning how to jump will get you riding in the terrain park, and is the first step to learning tricks. I break jumping down into 4 parts, the approach, takeoff, in the air, and landing.
Your approach up to the jump sets your speed and lines you up for the takeoff. Do a few turns on your way to jump to set your speed. Then point your board straight and flat towards the lip. If you’re unsure of how much speed you need for a jump, watch other people hit it and see how many turns they take before pointing their boards straight.
A good take off from the lip will set you up balanced in air. Take off from the lip with your snowboard straight and flat, legs bent, back straight and hands over your nose and tail. You want to actually pop your board off the lip; this will get your snowboard into the air with some height. Popping evenly off both feet will keep your snowboard level in the air.
In the air you want keep yourself compact and balanced. Bend your knees to keep your snowboard level. Make sure that your hands are over your nose and tail with your head looking straight over your front shoulder; this will keep your snowboard pointed straight.
In the air you can start spotting your landing. Get ready for landing by extending your legs slightly then absorb the landing by bending your knees. Ride out straight followed by a turn onto your heel edge. Turning onto your heels will control your speed and let you see any obstacles that may be in the landing.
Prepare for hitting a jump in the park by first practicing jumping off the flat ground, and off lips outside the park. Practicing outside the park means there will be less risk of getting hurt, and will build your confidence. Once you have jumping mastered outside the park, then you’ll be ready for a small park jump.
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How to Hit a Jump – Snowboard Tutorial Video
Tip help you hit a jump in and out of the park. Learning to hit a jump is the first step to riding park, and learning tricks.
To start you want find a jump to practice on, where you are comfortable with the amount of air, and confident you’re going to make the landing. From jumping off the slope, small jumps in the park, to larger jumps, find the right size jump for your ability.
As you ride into hit a jump do a few turns, to set your speed. You want to have enough speed to clear the knuckle of the jump, but not too much or you’ll pass the tranny and land flat. Once you have your speed right point your board straight and flat toward the lip.
As you get to the lip of the jump, pop your board into the air by jumping level from your flat base. Or you can pop a clean ollie. Getting a level pop will keep you balanced in the air. To keep you board straight in the air, make sure your back hand is over your tail, and your shoulders are parallel to your board.
In the air suck your knees up to keep yourself compact and balanced. This will also make it easy to go for a grab.
Spot your landing from in the air, and prepare to bend your knees to absorb the landing and ride away clean. I like to plan a heel turn after landing to control my speed and I can see any obstacles that may be in the landing.
To recap how to hit a jump. First find a jump that you’re comfortable with, do a few turns on the ride in to set your speed, pop your board level into the air from a flat base, suck your knees up, spot the landing and prepare to bend your knees to ride it out clean.
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