Learning to snowboard starts here!

Welcome! This is the first video in our beginner snowboard series. We created 8 videos that outline the essential learning milestones for beginner snowboarders. Each one covers an important skill, so don’t skip ahead. It’s best to take a lesson from a certified instructor and we hope our videos can help you prepare for your first day on snow.

If you are wondering what beginner snowboard to buy, consult our recommendations on the best snowboards for your goals, style and ability: Best Beginner Snowboards

In this episode we introduce the basic concepts of snowboarding and identify terminology.

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Geography of your snowboard:

The tip or nose of the snowboard will be pointing downhill if you are riding regular.
The tail is on the opposite end, at the back of the snowboard.

Edges are the metal that runs around the perimeter of the board. They grip the snow to help you turn. You’ve got two edges, your toe edge (which is under your toes) and your heel edge, which is under your heels.

A toe turn means you are turning on your toe edge. A heel turn means you are turning on your heel edge.

The base of your snowboard is the smooth bottom that will be in contact with the snow.

The top sheet usually has all the shiny graphics and screw holes (called inserts) to attach your bindings. You’ve got two bindings (a front and back).

When you skate at the bottom of the hill or ride the chairlift, you will always have your front foot strapped in and your back foot out to help you move around.

A stomp pad is a grippy sticker that helps your foot stay in place. Your stomp pad can go against your back binding.

Regular or Goofy:

Regular riders (which is most of us) have their left foot forward. And goofy riders have their right foot in front. Before you start snowboarding, you’ve got to determine which you are. The best way to tell is to slide across a slippery floor in your socks. It should feel balanced and normal if you lead with your natural leg …and very weird if you put your unnatural foot in front.

Next Steps: How to buy a snowboard and How to Snowboard, step 2 – skating and stepping

10 Responses to Step 1: First Snowboard Lesson
  1. Isil
    July 31, 2013 | 10:10 am

    Sorry, my name is Turkish name so that shows I?IL, You can call me like Isil 🙂

  2. I??l
    July 31, 2013 | 10:08 am

    Hi, I’m from Turkey. I really loved your page and I’m thinking about going Kartepe in Turkey. I’m very confused about being regular of goofy. Because I can slip with both of foots. But goofy slipping is better for me. But someone thinks that stronge foot must be in back. I’m taking my right hand. Anyway. If I take regular; turning will hard, however If I take goofy; balance will easy. Can you help please??? Thanks for all :))

  3. tiffy
    May 30, 2013 | 8:10 pm

    I watched all the videos for the beginner and intermediate and I think learning to snowboard is fairly easy. So I really want to try it out this year, but my dad wants me to do ski on blue trails now. The problem is that I suck at skiing especially going down even semi-steep slopes. I can’t parallel turn correctly. How can I convince my dad to allow me to snowboard this year?

  4. Marcel
    January 21, 2013 | 8:28 am

    Thank you so much for all this awesome information!

    I started riding last year (2012) and before I went out for the first time I watched every video, twice. It really helped me visualize everything before I actually got on the mountain and I was linking basic turns on my first day, in large part to these videos! Since then, I’ve become addicted to snowboarding and I try and go as often as possible. I just wanted to say thanks for all the effort you and your team put into this, because it truly helped introduce me to an awesome new passion.

    Thanks again,

  5. yoav
    December 26, 2012 | 5:14 pm

    the boards for regular and goofy riders are the same?

    • Rick
      December 26, 2012 | 7:10 pm

      Yes they are.

  6. Gabriel
    December 10, 2012 | 6:59 pm

    What if I’m both regular and goofy footed? Does it matter wich way I ride?

    • Rick
      December 24, 2012 | 4:23 pm

      Nope. In fact, you are lucky. Once you get better switch riding will be easy!

  7. ED Moranski
    October 22, 2012 | 7:54 am

    Just learning to snowboard, just watched the first video and plan on watching all 8 before I take a lesson from a instructor. Thanks for putting this together. Going from skiing to boarding.

  8. mohsen
    March 14, 2012 | 7:35 am

    just thank you for your help

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