Snowboarding Made Easy    "How-To" for Beginners


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As this is a Beginning Snowboard Informational Website, I need to make you aware that the movements, stance and etc. described here is for use on “Groomed” terrain. Intermediate and Advanced discussions will address snowboarding off the groomed trails or “Off-Piste.” In addition, everything that I state in this site is intended for “Beginner Snowboarders” as well as Beginning Snowboard Instructors.

A Beginning Snowboarder may be a complete never-ever-done-it-before, someone who has tried it a couple times in the past, or someone who just is not really comfortable riding on Blue Terrain. (Will discuss terrain colors in the chairlift section).

Before we get into how to move your body to make the snowboard do what we want it to do, we need to have a working concept of our body and what parts I will be talking about as well as how to stand on the snowboard.

We Need To Begin With A Reference Stance That I Will Call Your “Centered Stance"

I will talk about our hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, hands and head.

Centered Stances - Regular and Goofy
Our centered stance has our body standing upright with our ankles and knees slightly flexed. Our hips will be centered between our feet and between our edges of our snowboard. Our shoulders and head are centered above our hips. We turn only our head towards the front of our snowboard looking out about 20 yards keeping everything else in-line with the length of our snowboard. In this stance, we should be able to stand comfortably for quite a while. We are using our skeleton to support our weight more so than our muscles. By doing this, we are conserving our energy so that we can snowboard longer each day. I like to keep my hands out from my body a little ways and over my snowboard which will help with balance. I try very hard to keep my hands above my snowboard and will discuss this more in the Movements page.

My Main Concerns While Snowboarding Are To Stay Balanced And, As A Result Of Staying Balanced, I Can Move Deliberately Instead Of Reacting

While you are in your centered stance, you will want to be able to feel your collar of your coat touching the back of your neck. You will want to maintain an upright upper body position during your snowboarding. If you let your head tilt forward, your hips will have to go backwards to counter-balance. This counter-balanced positioning will lead to a crash – maybe not every time, but certainly once in a while.


To help with my upper body staying upright, I try to keep my hips under my shoulders. Now that you are standing with your body centered above your snowboard, we need to discuss snowboard theory.

One Of The Biggest Parts Of Beginning Snowboarding Is Fear, And Most Fear Is Derived From Speed

In order to understand speed we need to realize it is just an accumulation of momentum. Momentum I can teach you how to deal with. Speed on the other hand is probably a result of you picking too steep of terrain to practice on.

Beginning terrain that I teach on is ever so slightly slanted and has a long “run-out” which will create a situation where you will naturally stop without having to do anything. If you are attempting to learn how to snowboard on terrain that creates any sense of fear – Move to a different location or down the hill a lot until you can be in a mental place that fear is not.

In very few situations does a beginning snowboarder need to stop right NOW! What I mean is that you can gain a little momentum and direct your momentum via deliberate body movements to gradually slow you down to a stop – generally someplace down the hill over there.

The VERY LAST Thing That A Beginner Snowboarder Wants To Do Is Called Side-Slip!


Side-Slipping is where your snowboard is pointed across the hill and your momentum is making you travel down the hill. (i.e., DO NOT TRAVEL TOWARDS YOUR EDGE!!!!!) When your snowboard is pointed across the hill you want to be traveling across the hill. Side-slipping is and intermediate skill, not a beginner skill! If You do not want to hit something, look to the right or left of it. If you look at what you do not want to hit (such as another person, tree, sign or hole) you will hit it!

When You Get Off The Chairlift, This is Your Centered Stance

When Signing Up For Your Lesson, Inquire If Your Instructor Will Teach Side-Slipping Or Not

You Want An Instructor Who Does Not Teach Side-Slipping!


To Sum Up The Beginning Snowboarding Theory Section

You want to stand upright on your snowboard with your hands over your board slightly away from your side. You want to move deliberately instead of reacting. You want to look where you want to go (not at the snow right in front of your snowboard). You want to gain a little momentum and disperse the momentum gradually over a large area by making a deliberate body movement and while traveling towards the tip of your snowboard. You want to be completely in control of your speed before you try to gain more momentum (Turning down the hill).You do not want to twist your body. You want to be on terrain that does not create fear. You want to quit snowboarding for the day when you are out of energy.

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