Snowboarding in Soft Snow and Slush


Even if your boots don’t overhang, snow conditions can make you catch your toes and heels. This can happen in soft snow, crud, and especially in slush. This happens because the soft snow makes you sink deeper. When you sink deeper, more of your boot comes in contact with the snow.

Prevent catching your heels and toes by keeping your edge angle low. Mellow out and hold off on the aggressive carving until the snow hardens up.

You’ll want to use the same type of dynamic skidded turns you use in powder. Practice on a steep run. Keep your knees bouncy and your snowboard fairly flat. You don’t want to dig into the snow, just push it aside as you turn.

Think about lifting your feet off the snow between turns and try to keep a natural rhythm.

With the right technique, you’ll stay on your feet and get the most out of your lift-ticket—even at the end of the season when the snow stinks.