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Snowboarding

Snowboard Basics
Strapping in, standing up and acclimatizing yourself to the board are some of the first few things you need to know as a beginner. In this section, get some valuable Snowboarding Tips on how to gear up on the slope. Learn More...

 

Carrying your Snowboard

When you are walking on the slope, watch out for other people or objects that you might hit with your Snowboard. In this section, learn several ways to carry your board. Learn More...

 

Skating

Learn Skating so you can move through flat areas or terrains and get on and off the chairlift with ease. Watch our animation and get some Snowboarding Tips. Learn More...

 

Switching Edges

This Snowboard Exercise will teach you how to switch edges with both feet strapped in. Just use our animation as your guide as you move from one edge to the other. Learn More...

 

Gliding

This basic movement will help you to be comfortable in shifting your weight forward and in gaining Snowboard control. Read our easy-to-follow instructions on how to make straight glides. Learn More...

 

Moving Up the Slope

You will have to go up and down the slope repeatedly to learn Snowboarding. In this section, learn how to inch your way up the slope with both feet strapped in. Learn More...

 

Sideslipping (Heelside)

Sideslipping is a controlled slide along the Fall line of a slope. This will teach you how to use the heel edge of your Snowboard in controlling your descent. Learn More...

 

Sideslipping (Toeside)

After learning Sideslipping (heelside), you can try doing its counterpart. Know what Sideslipping (toeside) is all about and learn how to use your board's toe edge in controlling your descent. Learn More...

 

Traversing (Heelside)

Traversing will teach you how to control your speed and improve your balance while on the slope. You can start doing Heelside Traverses. This section will show you how. Learn More...

 

Traversing (Toeside)

Traversing is a maneuver that takes you from one side of the slope to the other while descending gradually. In this section, learn how to traverse using the toe edge of your board. Learn More...

 

Falling Leaf

As the name suggests, the Falling Leaf is similar to the movement of a leaf that falls from a tree. The difference is that this Snowboard Exercise involves a change in direction. Learn More...

 

Garlands

Garlands are called as such because the traces that you will leave on the snow are similar to garlands that you see in Christmas trees. Read on and learn how to do this exercise. Learn More...

 

Linking Turns

Linking Turns is the final step in our online course where you combine all you have learned. At this point, you should already know some essential factors such as Snowboard control and edge awareness. Learn More...

 

Snowboarding Tricks

Being able to perform several tricks can make your Snowboarding adventure more exciting and can give the adrenaline rush you are looking for. Learn Aerial and Surface Tricks as well as Tricks on Rails and Halfpipe. Learn More...

Skiing

Learning to ski can be an exciting and challenging experience. Skigreat.com recommends that beginner skiers take lessons to learn and practice ski techniques correctly. Speak with a professional ski instructor about safety guidelines to ensure a knowledgeable and enjoyable ski experience. Wear the appropriate gear, and ski only on trails that are designed for your skill level. Remember that skiers in front of you always have the right of way.

 

Protective Clothing
Before hitting the slopes make sure you have the appropriate clothing and gear. Dress warmly and layer clothing underneath your ski jacket and snow pants. Fleece, thermals and turtlenecks make great layering pieces. Wear waterproof gloves, insulated socks and UV protective goggles to protect against the cold elements and bright sun reflecting off the snow. Not all ski mountains rent helmets, so purchase one ahead of time to protect your head in the event of a fall or collision.

 

Lifts
When preparing to get on a ski lift, take notice of posted signs that let you know where to stand. Make sure your ski poles are in one hand and not attached to your wrists so they do not get tangled when you enter and exit the lift. Move up to the designated area when it is your turn to get on the lift. As the lift approaches, relax your body take a slight sitting position as it nears you, allowing it to scoop you up. Pull down the safety bar and enjoy the ride up the mountain. When you exit the lift, raise the safety bar and keep your ski tips up by pressing your heels downward. Let the chair gently push you off as you ski down the exiting platform.

 

Trails
Beginning skiers often start off at the mildest slope, commonly called the bunny hill, to practice basic skills and gain confidence. After you feel comfortable skiing down the bunny hill you can progress to the beginner trails, most commonly denoted by green circles. These trails offer smooth, gently sloping terrain. Blue square trails are suited for intermediate level skiers and black diamonds should be left to advanced skiers with experience skiing steep, narrow trails with obstacles.

 

Body Position
Distribute your weight slightly forward over your ski boots. Keep your knees flexed and stand with your legs shoulder width apart.

 

Wedging
The wedge is the first maneuver a beginning skier should master. From a standing position, form the letter "V" by pointing the tips of your skis inward until they almost meet but do not cross. This technique helps you gain control and stability and slows you down by adding resistance. You can increase speed by straightening your skis into parallel lines when you feel comfortable.

 

Getting Up From a Fall
As a new skier it's likely that you will take a couple of falls, and getting back up on packed snow can be a challenge. Make sure your skis are perpendicular to the slope to prevent you from sliding down the mountain while you resume a standing position. Lean uphill and slowly put your weight on the downhill ski as you stand up.

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