The aim is to slide down a slope in a controlled manner over the frontside edge and then over the backside edge. This exercise is best done in the children's area of the ski resort. If the weather is warm and the snow is slushy, use a slightly steeper hill to get a good feel for the edges.
Standing up over the backside (heelside) edge
When sliding over the backside edge, we stand up on the slope over the backside edge. Try to get your center of gravity over the snowboard so that you can get up quickly. If this doesn't work, you can also get help from your colleague at the beginning. Standing up over the backside edge is rather difficult for most people. So don't worry if it doesn't work straight away.
Sliding over the backside (heelside) edge
Try to stand calmly and upright. Now edge down very slightly so that you start to slide. Keep your upper body nice and still. Try to control your speed. First accelerate by edging down and then slow down again by edging up. Rely on your snowboard and look straight ahead and not at the ground. Be careful not to overdo it when accelerating, because if you edge down much, you can catch an edge and fall. You can prevent this by always keeping a minimum amount of pressure on your heel. For a better posture and body tension, it can be useful to stretch your arms out to the side.
How to turn with a belly roll
If we want to practise sliding on the frontside edge, we need to turn first. You can do this with an elegant belly roll. When putting on the snowboard, always sit so that you are looking down the slope.
Standing up over the frontside (toeside) edge
The advantage of sliding over the frontside edge is that it is much easier to stand up. Simply kneel down and slowly move your hands towards the snowboard until you can stand up. Try to stand up straight and not bend your upper body forward. When you stand up, the frontside edge must already be so firmly edged that you don't start to slide uncontrollably.
Sliding on the frontside (toeside) edge
When sliding on the frontside edge, you basically do the same as when slidng on the backside edge, except that you now look up the slope during the exercise. Try to edge down slowly again to speed up and edge up to slow down. Again, you will take off if your edging game is off. It is therefore a good idea to have someone on hand to help you if you fall. If someone helps you, make sure that you always try to slide yourself and don't pull yourself towards the person helping you.
Detail of the up and down edging movement
When sliding, we consciously use the edge of the snowboard. If the snowboard's resistance to the snow is increased (edging up), we slow down. If we reduce the resistance to the snow (edging down), we become faster.
Is it already working?
Perfect! As soon as you can slide evenly on the frontside and backside edge, you're ready for the next step! 2.1 Sliding left and right
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