Exploring New terrain on a Snowboard?

…it can be very exciting but at the same time, extremely dangerous!

If I was an intermediate rider and I decided to step it up and hit the black runs, and I wasn’t competent with in my snowboarding skills, I could easily gain too much speed, lose control, panic and seriously snap some bones…

Same thing applies in the park,

…Going from a 30-40 ft jump and stepping it up to the show case kicker (63ft) is the same thing, although the environment stays the same, there are other factors that come into play that will greatly increase your chances of injury if your fundamental skills aren’t on point!

More speed equals more pain if you crash…

What, I’m getting at is, Always control your speed when exploring new terrain, especially if you are grabbing your nut sack and stepping it up with the big boys!

Things to take note of are:

-Other riders, especially kids (very unpredictable)

-Skiers (They like to make wide/short/wide, wide, turns) hard to read some times

-Terrain, bumps, moguls,

-Snow conditions, ice, powder, slush

We cover how to ride all of this Terrain in the Intermediate Module of the OSC Lab!

losing control on a snowboard

When riding new terrain for the first time, always start with a closed turn shape, this will help you stay controlled and balanced while you pick your line of descent.

CLOSED TURN

Watch out for people when making your turn, and always give way to people below you!

Mistake #1: Another point to make, especially when riding off piste is too never carry full speed onto new conditions if you think it looks a bit sketchy.

In other words, if it hasn’t snowed for a couple of weeks and it looks like there are some fresh powder tracks to be had, be very careful and test the snow conditions first!

Chances are that those lush fresh turns you were after is actually a hidden ice field which has been left too long in the sun and has now turned into an ice skating ring.

Now I want to talk about absorption:

If you’re not doing it already, you need to become more consciously aware of how your lower body (Legs) are absorbing all the different contours of the terrain.

You must understand that your legs should always be relaxed and soft, If you find yourself starting to fall a lot it might be a case of being too static or fatigue is kicking in and it might be time for a rest.

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tree riding on a snowboard

I want you to start thinking of your legs like car suspension, Imagine if your car had no suspension, you would feel everything and it would not be a very comfortable ride.

Same goes with snowboarding, You MUST think of your legs like car suspension, each leg acts independently but works together to create a smooth effective ride on the board.

Another point I must stress when exploring new terrain on the board is COM (Center of Mass)

It is vital you keep the COM over the snowboard and DON’T get intimidated by the new terrain, I tend to find a lot of people start leaning into the turn instead of using the correct steering methods.

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Be aware of this and keep practicing good turning methods like I have taught you.

As far as flexion and extension movements go, try and Stay active to manage the pressure throughout the turn, especially at completion where the most pressure builds. Focus on continuous, strong and smooth movements to manage pressure.

As a final recap remember to keep these issues in check

  •  Good Basic stance
  •  Confident and commitment into the turn
  •  Good speed control
  •  Looking and pointing to where you want to go
  •  Absorption through the lower body
  •  COM over the snowboard with low edge angle.

Relax and visualize yourself riding smooth and effective, don’t force the turn, all you’ll do is create bad habits.

If you have too,  drop down to an easier pitch and practice the core movements that make up a good turn.

Try and stay relaxed in the legs so you can absorb bumps and different conditions easily and confidently.

If you find yourself struggling, you need to slow it down and go back to basics. Flexion and Extension, up, down, look to where you want to go and relax.

If all else fails, maybe you need to rest or drop back down to the previous runs and practice the basics a bit more.

Hope this helps…

NOTE: Want to learn how to stay balanced and controlled when Riding steeps on a snowboard? Simply download this bad habits cheat sheet to gain an unfair advantage on the hill. Learn what bad habits snowboarders make so you can AVOID them to progress faster and maintain balance and control easier…check it out now!

tree riding on a snowboard

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Logan
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Logan is the founder of Online Snowboard coach and has been coaching people how to snowboard for over 12 years...

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