Traveling Downhill And Uphill On Your Snowboard

You're reading Traveling Downhill And Uphill On Your Snowboard, posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 at 12:42 pm in Snowboarding, on BrainBloggers at the Xtreme Sports blog. More after the jump.

Riding a snowboard isn’t going to be easy -which means that you need to have patience during the learning process. It might take a few weeks before you are able to hit the slopes and even then they will be the small ones.

The first thing you want to learn is the direction you need to face when riding downhill on a snowboard. You can either go down the slope backwards and with your toes pointed uphill and your back facing the direction you are traveling. Or you can go down nose first.

Keep in mind that while you are snowboarding, always put pressure on the uphill edge of the board. So, if you are going down the mountain backwards, that is, facing uphill, yourpressure will be on your toes. This way of facing the mountain is called “toeside” for obvious reasons. If you are going down the mountain facing downhill, your pressure will be on your heels. This is called “heelside”. DON’T put pressure on the downhill edge. It will cause you to tip over.

If you are heelside (that is, traveling downhill and facing downhill) and you dig the downhill edge (the toe edge) into the snow, what do you think will happen? The board will stop and you will keep going, causing you to tumble over your board and crash on your face. Similarly, if you are toeside (traveling downhill backwards) and your heel edge digs in, what is going to happen? Your board will stop and you won’t, causing your backside to slam into the ground.