5 Tips for Buying a Snowboard – Tutorial Video
Buying a snowboard for the first time can be a difficult decisions. Here are 5 tips to help.
Tip #1 If you’r a beginner buy an all mountain regular camber snowboard. All mountain means the board will be generally good in all snow conditions, and all types of riding. Regular camber means the entire length of your snowboards edge will be in contact with the snow, which is important for controlling your speed and riding straight.
Tip #2 When buying a snowboard make sure you get the right size. The length of the snowboard should come up to about the middle of your neck. A little longer if your weight is heavy and a bit shorter if your weight is lighter. If your boot size is 11 or under, you’ll want a regular width board. Boot sizes 12 and over and you’ll need a wide snowboard.
Tip # 3 Buy a snowboard that’s at the lower end of the price scale. You’re probably going to bang your board up quite a bit as you learn. You also probably won’t feel the benefits of an expensive snowboard.
Tip # 4 Buying a snowboard from a popular snowboard brand come with benefits. You’re more likely to get a good quality snowboard, and if there are any defects a well know snowboard company usually has a good warranty policy.
Tip #5 Get your snowboard from a ski/snowboard specific shop. I don’t recommend going to a sports store. Skateboard shops usually sell snowboard in the winter as well. These shops will have a good selection of popular brands and staff that are knowledgeable about the boards.
Beginner Snowboard Turns – Tutorial Video
In this beginner tutorial video I’ll show you how to do beginner snowboard turns. Turning controls your speed, and uses both edges of your snowboard. Before trying to turn be sure you have watched the previous videos in this series. They will give you the skills you need to turn your snowboard successfully. First try turning your snowboard on a very easy beginner slope. You can even get a friend to give you a hand for the first few turns.
There are three parts to beginner snowboard turns. The first part is letting your board go straight and flat down the hill, the second is turning your body in the direction you want your board to turn. The third is pressuring the edge of your snowboard to complete the turn and control your speed.
First let’s try a turn from your toe edge to heel edge. Let your snowboard go straight and flat down the slope. To do this put a bit more weight on your front foot and point and look straight down the hill.
Now that your boards going straight it’s time to turn your board onto the heel edge. To do this, turn and face your body to the bottom of the hill, your snowboard will follow the way your body turns.
As you turn your body pressure your heels to get your snowboard onto the heel edge. Slow yourself down on your heels and get ready for the next turn.
Now let’s try a beginner snowboard turn from your heels onto your toes.Let your snowboard go straight again by putting more weight on your front foot and pointing you hand and looking straight down the hill. Turn your body to face the top of the slope, your snowboard will follow the way your body turns. As you turn your body pressure you toes to get your board onto the toe edge and control your speed to set yourself up for the next turn.
Practice beginner snowboard turns with focus on the three parts that complete the turn, letting you board go straight, turning your body and pressuring your new edge. If you still have trouble turning try going back and practice sliding on your edges. Snowboarding is about having fun, so learn at a pace you are comfortable with.
How to Toe Slide – Beginner Snowboard Tutorial Video
In this beginner series video I’ll show you how to toe slide on the edge of your snowboard. The toe slide 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 toe slide 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 toe slide smoothly.
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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How to Heel Slide – Beginner Snowboard Tutorial Video
In this beginner series video I’ll show you how to heel slide on your snowboard. The heel slide 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 slide 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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How to Get Off the Chairlift – Snowboard Tutorial Video
This video will give you some tips for getting off a chairlift on your snowboard. Getting off a Chairlift for the first time can be a challenge, but if you do a few things on your snowboard to prepare, the chairlift can be easy. You have to ride the chairlift with only one foot strapped into your snowboard. So before you get on the chairlift you can practice your one foot snowboarding down a short hill.
The first step is to find a hill to practice your one foot snowboarding. You want a very short, gentle slope that flattens out at the bottom.
With one foot strapped in turn and point your snowboard downhill. Next place your free foot in the center of your board against your back binding. Pushing your foot against your binding will keep your foot from sliding off the snowboard.
As your snowboard begins to move keep yourself balanced with your knees bent, back straight and head looking where you want to go.
Your hands should be over the nose and tail of your snowboard. This will keep your board pointed in a straight line.
Once you’ve reach the bottom of the slope, stop yourself by placing your free foot halfway off the board, and drag your toe in the snow.
Practices riding with one foot until you have it dialed, and then you’ll be ready for the chairlift. Standing up with your free foot against your binding, knees bend, back straight, hands over your snowboard, dragging your toe in the snow to come to a stop.
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How to Skate on a Snowboard – Tutorial Video
Tips on how to skate on a snowboard. Skating is the first thing you want to learn how to do on your snowboard. It gets you to and from the chairlift and around the any flat areas at the mountain.
To Skate strap your front foot into your snowboard, and push you snowboard along with your free foot. Start by skating with your free foot behind your snowboard. As you skate keep most of your weight on your free foot, this will keep your snowboard from sliding away from you. You can also dig your heel edge in a bit, to help stop your snowboard from sliding away.
You can also skate with your free foot in front of your snowboard. Again keep most of your weight on your free foot this time digging your toe edge a bit. It’s your preference whether skate with your free foot in front or behind your snowboard.
You can also walk your snowboard up hills. First place your snowboard across the hill. Start with your free foot in front of your snowboard. Walk up the hill lifting your board and digging your toe edge into the snow to hold you board in place.
Practice learning how to skate on a snowboard until you get the hang of it and let us know how it goes. Check out the next video in the beginner series, which will prepare you for the chairlift. Leave any questions about this video in the comment box below, and subscribe to Snowboardprocamp to check out upcoming learn how to snowboard videos.
Snowboard Coach Kevin Pearce | Snowboardprocamp
My name is Kevin Pearce and I’m the creator of Snowboardprocamp. Since 2011 I’ve been producing snowboard tutorials for beginner to advanced riders. I taught snowboarding for over ten years and it was the best experience of my life. My reason for creating Snowboardprocamp was so that I could share that experience and make snowboarding accessible to people. I was full-time snowboard coach in Whistler B.C for the eight years. I taught on the mountain five days a week, freeriding with students and teaching them tricks in the terrain park. In the terrain park I have experience teaching everything from beginner tricks in the small park to more advanced tricks on larger jumps. I have extensive alpine knowledge, where I took students through secret powder stashes and off cliff drops. I’m also very experienced teaching beginner riders on their first day and progressing them to an advanced level. Whistler was a great place for me to develop my riding and teaching skills because of the size of our mountains, the amount of snow we get each year, and our long season from November to May. If you’re looking to get into snowboarding or progress your riding, subscribe to this page, check out the videos, and stay tuned!
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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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