Snowboarding Tips: Part 3

  • Check that your binding screws are tight every time you ride. Don’t use a product like Loc Tite on your binding screws! Here’s a tip that many tune up shops will use: Apply a small amount of nail polish to the threads of your screws….let it dry and presto, your screws will stay in place every time!
  • Keep your board in top condition at all times for performance and pleasure. Take good care of your equipment at all times by waxing, de-burring the edges and sharpening.
  • The stores at the resort are the last stop. You will find all you need there but the prices are usually high. If you are renting your gear, get there early to avoid the crowds. If the shop at the mountain does not have your size, you are out of luck.
  • One of the main movements you will make during the beginner lesson is a rotary movement around the vertical axis of your body. Keep equal weight on both feet, and then simultaneously rotate your shoulders, hips and knees in the same direction. Move back to a centered or neutral position and slowly repeat the process in the other direction. Try to rotate with loose, relaxed stomach muscles then try again with strong, tightened stomach muscles. Notice how the mid section connects the upper and lower body when trying to transfer energy.
  • One of the biggest complaints I here is about cold feet. Get smart and stop wearing two pairs or thick socks. Your toes need room to move around and air space to keep warm.
  • To figure out your forward foot, simulate a tug of war contest that you are determined to win. Tie a rope to a secure column and pull HARD, alternating left or right foot forward. One position will feel more stable and stronger. That position is your correct forward foot.
  • So, you went all out and paid that extra bit of cash for that super light weight snowboard? Why let it go to waste by riding around with 2 pounds of snow stuck to the top of your board? Next time you wax the bottom of your board, apply a thin coat of furniture polish (ie. Pledge) to the TOP to keep the snow from sticking to it. Try it out!!
  • Practice moving your weight forward over your front foot and back to your back foot. You want to discover what it feels like to shift your weight between each foot and to hone in on the feeling of standing equal on both feet.
  • Create your own wax room. It will save you tons of cash. Get an old iron with out holes in the bottom, an old workbench with some padded bars to place your board on, and a power source for the iron. Buy wax, a scraper both metal and plastic, and a scotch-brite pad or buffer pad.
  • A constant movement you will want to work on now and in the future is up and down motion. Remain in your stance and practice moving up and down slowly without breaking at the back or allowing your heels to lift off the ground. Only go down as much as is comfortable for you. Repeat this action with some good disco music playing in the background.
  • The professional instructor may not ride as well as your friend in the halfpipe, but they will be way better at helping you love the sport of snowboarding. Learn to turn – then ride with your friends. Your instructor will provide constant feedback to improve your technique and form, and make it easier for you to enjoy snowboarding.

Snowboarding Tips: Part 4