If you want to ride the halfpipe you'll need to learn how to drop into a halfpipe on a snowboard. Once you feel comfortable in the terrain park and you've spent a fair amount of time in the air, you'll probably want to attempt the halfpipe. This article will teach you how to drop in and ride a halfpipe.
- Dropping into a halfpipe is really just an extension of a variety of skills that the intermediate rider should possess. Do not attempt the halfpipe if you cannot land 180 airs and ride fakie.
- If the terrain park is busy, make sure the halfpipe is clear before you begin your run. It can be very dangerous to drop into a halfpipe on a snowboard with another rider.
- Make sure you have a solid board and a fresh wax job. You don't want to drop into a halfpipe on a snowboard that you are not comfortable with.
- Most halfpipes have an entrance ramp towards the top. You can use these if you don't feel comfortable dropping in on the vertical section. If you use a ramp to drop into a halfpipe on a snowboard, make sure you have sufficient speed to make it up to the lip on the other side of the pipe.
- Head up the pipe wall and try to air out. Land as high on the wall as possible to maintain speed.
- Try to angle downhill at all times to maintain speed. As you get better, you will be able to add more tricks to each run.