How Do You Slow Down When Snowboarding
Learning how to slow down when snowboarding is an essential skill. Snowboarding is all about balance and control and if you can't slow down or stop, you are going to lose control and crash. Fortunately, there are many ways to slow down when snowboarding and learning them just takes a little bit of practice.
You will need:
- Open space away from other snowboarders
- Ability to get up when you fall
- Apply pressure at the toe side edge. Shift your weight to the back side of the snowboard. Doing this will cause the board to go the right (if riding regular). Goofy rides will be opposite. Applying the correct amount of pressure and maintaining balance while you are attempting this is a bit tricky. The more pressure you place on the board, the more the board will turn until you become perpendicular to the trail, which will cause you to stop. The best way to figure out how much pressure to apply to slow down is through trial and error.
- Apply pressure on the heel side of the board. Another way to slow down when snowboarding is to apply pressure on their heel side of the board. This is easier for most people and less intimidating. If you mess up when you are learning this, you will likely fall backwards, which is better than falling on your face if you are going downhill. The amount of pressure you need to apply will come from trial and error. This will vary with the kind of boots and snowboard you have. Stiff boots tend to give you less control; therefore, you will have to apply more pressure.
- Sit down. If all else fails, you will want to lean back rather than forward. The more you lean forward, the more speed you will pick up. If you are trying to learn how to slow down when snowboarding and you suddenly find yourself flying kamikaze style down the mountain, all you need to do is sit down.