Let us help you start off on the right foot. Check back for insider tips, special beginner programs and information to help make your first time on the mountain smooth as butter.
Figure Out Which Foot Leads on Your Snowboard
Since you are positioned on a snowboard sideways, one foot must be in front (the lead foot) while the other foot is in the back. If your left foot is in front, then you are regular foot, if your right foot is in front, then you are goofy foot. Here are some tips on figuring out which way you should stand on a snowboard:
• The foot that stays on the ground while kicking a ball should be the leading foot.
• Try sliding across a room. Whichever way you slide across should also be the way you stand on a snowboard.
• If these don't work, have someone gently push you from behind, whichever foot you put out to brace yourself should be your leading foot.
The key to riding flats is to carry enough momentum to get yourself through them.
• Minimize edging. Apply just enough pressure to maintain direction without slowing down.
• If there's a slight side hill incline, stay uphill by pressuring the appropriate edge. You'll slow to a stop if you drift to the lower side of the slope.
• Once familiar with the trail, prepare for the flat. Plan your run so you carry enough speed into the flat to get you through it.
• Keep turning to a minimum.
Burton Learn To Ride
Learning to ride has never been easier thanks to our friends at Burton Snowboards. We have joined their cause by supporting the innovative Learn-to-Ride (LTR) Program, which helps new riders harness their abilities using proven teaching methods and specially designed beginner equipment.
Burton Progression Park
Always wanted to ride that rail or hit that jump but just don't know how to get started? Well, the Burton Progression Park is just for you. Designed to introduce everyone from the entry level park goer to the experienced all-mountain rider to the freestyle movement, the Burton Progression Park offers small and medium sized features ideally spaced for teaching. You can find the Burton Progression Park on Sidewinder off the Vista Chairlift.