Can You Teach Yourself To Snowboard?

Snowboarding involves three body movements which are flexion, rotation, and extension, the importance of the above is that they describe in detail how the body’s muscles and joints perform; they are also the movements that most snowboard riders make. You can, therefore, teach yourself how to snowboard; but you must, however, know that you will get off on an extremely slow start and it is going to take long before you get the grips and that is why paying for lessons might actually work out better and faster. 

Snowboarding is all about managing your body weight when you want to stop or change direction, the different stunts are dependent on how well you can manage your body weight, and the coordination between your upper torso and the area from your knees to your foot.  But for the people who have a history of other surfing activities then snowboarding wouldn’t be as hard as they are already miles ahead on the learning curve. 

Snowboarding basics

snowboarder meditating

While you might not be able to cover the full snowboarding lessons below are some basic skills on how to teach yourself to snowboard that will get you off your bottoms and onto to the snowboard. For the first-timers shaking off the nervous vein is going to be a bit hard but you have to try nonetheless; so the first thing to do is to ensure that your body and feet are in synchronization, for example, the shoulders, hips, and knees should be in line with the board, and the bodyweight distributed across both feet’s.

When snowboarding it is also important that you look at the direction that you are gliding towards, try to make this a thing, and avoid looking down your board as you move, because you will most likely lose balance and eventually lose control. Weight shifting while gliding is a must-have skill as it will enable you to perform the various stunts while moving towards the relevant direction. 

If you have been watching the professional snowboarders you must have seen the stunts that they pull when they want to stand, stop or turn to face a different direction, which also includes sitting down and turning over. For example, whenever you want to stand up on a snowboard you can never do it the normal way as you might just speed off down the slope. 

So as you teach yourself to snowboard, the best way would be to stand from your toe side, and once you begin stretching up your body ensure that can find the balance point while on that edge. If you want to move you will then have to decide on the direction and shift your weight respectively and as you begin to move, flatten the board a bit, which is more like stepping on the accelerator because you begin to move faster. 

In essence, therefore, is that you should be aware of your snowboards balance points and flex as this will keep you stable on the ice with minimal chances of falling. 

Common Snowboarding Tricks and Tips for Beginners

beginner snowboarder doing trick

New snowboarders can be spotted right from the get-go in the snow slope, for example, they are normally freestyle riders, and can do a few tricks but fail to engage much speed while at it and are also very stiff. Those who are making progress will exhibit some spinning prowess but which are not smooth. Every snowboarder has his style and if you are keen you will be able to pick a few lessons and mistakes that you can avoid, so if you are to try out pronounced styles ensure that they are fluid. 

You will also find some familiar vocabulary but with different meanings when you finally decide to get into snowboarding, one which is “regular,” the above term is used on individuals who lead with their left leg, and for those who lead with the right leg the stance is known as goofy. 

The Switch stance- a switch is the trick performed by a snowboarder, while moving backward, and to actualize the stance the nose of the board will be in the leading position. There are also occasions when snowboarders ride the switch without necessarily performing any stance. 

Nollie– is a trick where the snowboarder springs off the nose of the board and moves into the air, Ollie on the other hand is a stunt where the snowboarder will bounce of the tail of the board and into the air. Snowboarders are also fond of riding the switch and then spring off the new nose and jump into the air, the above stunt closely resembles an Ollie when in real sense the snowboarder is just riding a switch. 

There are also other stunts known as the grabs, and here you will find the Bloody Dracula, where the snowboarder will grab the tail of the board with both his hands. The rear hand will, therefore, grab the board as it would when performing a regular tail grab while the front hand reaches for the board at the back of the riders back. 

We then have the Korean Bacon, and this is where the leading arm reaches between the legs from behind and proceeds to grab the toe edge at the front foot, which then bends the knees, thus pulls the board to the back. The Tindy grab is also another controversial grab, the trailing hands will then grab between the rear binding and the tail on the toe edge. Rusty Trombone is a stunt where the Nose grab and the Roast beef are performed at the same time. 

Snowboarding stunts and tricks are many thus range from stalls to varied types of slides such as the boardslide, the lipslide, and bluntslide among others. There are also the inverted hand plant that has variations. Professional snowboarders are good at performing flips and inverted rotations that come in varieties and have some rather unique names such as the Tamedog, the crippler, and the Frontside Rodeo among others.

Types of snowboards 

Snowboards have also been designed to contend with different types of terrains, so you might want to get a snowboard with regard to the type of terrain that it is going to be used. You will, therefore, find the freeride snowboards, the freestyle snowboards, all-mountain, and jib. 

Equally important is to pick a snowboard with regard to your level of riding; there are, therefore, the beginner snowboards, the intermediate level snowboards for the complicated moves, and lastly, we have the advanced level snowboards designed for the professionals.


Harry Sowers

Harry has been skiing and snowboarding since he was a boy growing up outside of Denver Colorado. He is most passionate about skiing and when he was in college a UC Boulder he even participated in the olympic trials for the USA Olympic Downhill Ski team.