How to Improve Your Snowboarding—Intermediate Snowboarding Tips || REI

– Hi, I’m Amy Gan, from
AASI. We’re here with REI. Previously, we’ve
covered how to snowboard. Today we’re going to be
looking at those next steps and how to venture to
the rest of the mountain. (upbeat music) We’re going to be covering:
steering with both feet, controlling speed through turn shape, riding steep terrain,
and riding in the bumps. With any of these skills we
practice on our snowboard, it’s really important to
put in a lot of mileage. It’s not something we do once, and we check it off our list, it’s something that we’re
going to be practicing often, and every time we come out riding, to keep those skills up and progress. Steering with both feet is gonna be really
important as we progress. It’s the same skill that we practiced in the very beginner lesson, where we initiated with the front foot and had the back foot follow. That’s the same exact thing we’re gonna be applying
to steeper terrain. To steer with both feet in a turn, traverse across the hill. Initiate with your front foot, quickly followed by your back foot, shift onto the new edge, traverse back across the
hill and finish your turn. If this is done correctly, it should feel really smooth, that the front foot is
doing most of the work, and the back foot is following nicely, and the upper body doesn’t
have to do any work. When we’re practicing
steering with both feet, we’re trying to avoid
having to use our upper body to swing our board around. This is gonna give us more control, and even though we’re doing
it skidding right now, that’s how we snowboard most of the time. It’s also the exact same skills we’re going to be working on
when we do move to carving. When we do this, we’re gonna be focusing on using the shape of
the turn through a skid to be slowing ourselves
down during the turn and towards the end of the turn by steering back across the hill. With this, we’re gonna
be focusing on the skid, nice and evenly throughout
the entire turn, and that’s gonna be dumping speed. And this really applies when
we get to steeper terrain. What we try to avoid is
having to slam the brakes at the end of the turn and chatter out. If we can get ourselves to skid
throughout the entire turn, by the end we’re riding nice and smooth back across the hill. When we want to close our turns is when we’re on really steep terrain. This is gonna allow us
to slow ourselves down, and make sure we’re in control before we enter our next turn. Where we might wanna ride an open turn is maybe at the bottom of a
trail, when it flattens out, and we need to carry speed to the lift. We’re gonna want to open that up so that we don’t slow
ourselves down too much during every turn, so we can
make it to where we want to go. What we’re doing in steep terrain is exactly the things
we’ve been focusing on as we’ve been learning. The things we wanna make sure we cover are exaggerating our
weight onto our front foot when we enter a turn, matching our shoulders and
hips to pitch of the terrain, which means that the steeper it is, the further I need to
get my shoulders and hips down the hill, so that I can keep that
weight on the front foot. Just like in our beginner lesson, our first couple turns, we often wanna drift and
lean away from the hill, and this isn’t gonna
allow us to get the board to grip up right, and it’s not gonna allow for the controlling that
we want for the whole turn. We also wanna make sure
that at the end of the turn, we come all the way back across the hill, to slow ourselves back down. Riding bumps are really fun, but as a beginner, they can
be a little bit intimidating. We’re gonna give you a few skills, so that if you happen
to come upon a bump run you weren’t expecting, or
at the end of a powder day, when it starts to get choppy, you can have a few things to keep in mind, to get you through comfortably. The two tactics we’re
gonna use to ride the bumps are traversing across them, and absorbing them while we’re riding. So when we go into the bump
field for the first time, we wanna focus on
traversing across the hill, rather than looking
straight down the fall line. Traversing is going to allow us to keep our speed down,
and absorb the bumps without getting out of control. Ideally, you can find a bump run that has groomers on each side of it, so that you can just traverse across, get out onto the groomer, make your turn, and traverse back across
on your other edge. As we’re traversing, we also need to be absorbing the bumps. So we’re gonna be using
our legs independently, to suck up and push down into
the bumps at the same time. This is gonna allow the board to stay in contact with the snow, so we don’t get any accidental air. When we do this, we head up the bump by sucking up our front
leg, and then our back leg, and then pushing down our front
leg and then our back leg. These are things I do in my
snowboarding every single day. The more you practice them and put time into each of these skills, the more areas of the mountain you’ll be able to conquer
and have more fun with. I hope you like this video. Please check out our others
and subscribe to our channel. (upbeat music)

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