How to Ride a Halfpipe on a Snowboard

How to Ride a Halfpipe on a Snowboard
Riding a halfpipe is not for beginning snowboarders. Master the slopes and a few tricks like fakies and jump airs before tackling the halfpipe. For experts, this will fall into the moderately easy category. For those of us who need more practice and are just getting started, riding the halfpipe can be a challenging experience.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Helmet
  • Helmet
Step 1
Wait until the halfpipe is relatively free of boarders before heading out. You need time to practice without worrying about injuring yourself or others.
Step 2
Start from the bottom of the ramp instead of dropping in from the top. The slower speed will keep you more comfortable and in control of your board. Try a few fakes and transitions to get use to the halfpipe.
Step 3
Keep your knees slightly bent with your shoulders turned in the direction you're riding. Center your weight and determine a point where you want to try turning. Get comfortable with this routine until you build enough confidence for the next step.
Step 4
Position your head, shoulders and hips in the direction you want to turn. Start rolling your snowboard so the edge along the front of your snowboard digs in a little. The edge should be on the same side that your body is facing.
Step 5
Ease the weight off your rear foot and push out your leg toward the direction you want the snowboard to turn.
Step 6
Complete the turn and shift your weight to the opposite edge of your snowboard. Stabilize yourself and don't try turning in the other direction until you're more comfortable.

Tips & Warnings

Try riding the halfpipe from the top to increase speed.
Do not attempt a halfpipe without adequate experience.

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