In this post we are going to discuss how to get on and off of a chair lift. This is important to know because your safety is at stake. We will also be covering snowboard carving.
First, let’s talk about getting on a chair lift.
Tip # 1
Always leave one of your boots unstrapped. This will make it easier to get seated.
Tip # 2
Do not let the board twist when you sit in the chair. This could cause injury to your knee or ankle. The snowboard could also get caught and cause you to fall out of the chair
Tip # 3
Always lower the restraining bar when you are seated. This is most important for your safety. You do not want to fall out of the chair lift and get hurt.
Now let’s discuss how to get off of the chair lift
Lift the restraining bar. Sometimes people forget that they have the restraining bar down. You won’t be able to get out unless you lift the bar.
Tip # 2
Do not let the snowboard pivot under your feet. This could cause you to fall or start sliding down the loading ramp.
Tip # 3
Make sure that you stand up all the way. Put an even amount of weight on both of your legs. Make sure that your knees are straight. If you bend one of your knees you are likely to fall.
Next we are going to talk about carving. This is what you will do on your way down the slope. It resembles a back and forth motion. Carving will leave a wavy pattern in the snow.
To carve in the snow with your snowboard you simply shift your weight from your toe side edge, to your heel side edge. The edges of your snowboard are what will leave the marks in the snow.
When you are carving with your snowboard you will be moving from left to right through the snow, and down the slope.
While carving you have to keep your knees bent. You will be moving your hips from front to back to distribute your weight from one edge of the snowboard to the other.
Now that you know these basic techniques, we can move on to the more advanced techniques. In the next post we will be covering – Ollie’s, Half Pipes and Rail Grinding.
Hopefully, you are getting better with your snowboarding.
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