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How to accelerate your snowboard

A lot of people might think the only way to accelerate a board is to point it downhill, but we’ve all encountered those dreaded flats where we come to a stand still as our two poled buddies cruise past without a care in the world. No resort is 100% boarder friendly, so we need to up our skills to survive these thigh burning terrain traps.

It might seem weird to think you can accelerate the board when you’re not on a slope, but it’s really possible and super useful.

What you’re aiming to do is use a skateboard mini ramp technique. Just like us Skateboarders need to maintain momentum between hits. They achieve that by pumping the transitions.

They bend their knees and push the deck away from them as they reach the bottom of the wall creating acceleration. We can do the same thing with a board.

You can see the results from a fun session this summer. This ‘pump track’ was on the flat. If I didn’t use the flex and pushing/pump technique I would have come to a standstill very quickly. Let’s break down this technique so you never get caught out on the flats.

How to build the skill

In essence you’re trying to create a pendulum effect with the board being pushed into the snow and sliding underneath you.

1 — In the first instance you’re looking to keep your board flat so you can use the whole board to assist in accelerating. If you’re trying to accelerate on an edge be careful to maintain a clean single edge so you can get maximum grip from the board. If the board slips around on the snow you will loose speed.

2- Have a decent level of flex in your legs as the board needs to slide underneath you. If you’re straight legged you cannot push the board that far away from you, therefore limiting the amount of possible acceleration.

3- Start low with the nose of the board under your front hip. Then start push the board into the snow as you move your weight on your front leg to your back leg. You almost end in a small tail press. The more flat the ground the more tail press will occur as you’ll be working hard to get some momentum.

4- Once that cycle is complete you unweight and let the front of the board slide back under your front hip and you then start the process all over again.

The best results come from utilising small lumps in the snow where you can push the board into the back face of the lump. Thats why you can see such a decent result from the pump track.

It’s also the same technique you would use in a half pipe, just like a skater. It’s tougher on a totally flat surface, but it can still be achieved, and it will build a lot of foundation movement skills that can come in super useful for more technical riding in the future.

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