How to Edge a Snowboard

How to Edge a Snowboard
In order to use the full spectrum of your snowboard you must learn how to use each particular edge. The two main edges are the toe or front edge and the heel or back edge. There are also the nose and tail or ends of the snowboard but these edges are not prominently used unless performing certain tricks. Use your main edges to ride, turn and carve your snowboard on the slopes.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Snowboard Snowboard boots
  • Snowboard
  • Snowboard boots
Step 1
Strap your bindings over your snowboard boots and while standing on flat ground, determine where your edges are and how they feel under you. If you are a goofy rider with your right foot leading then the left side of the board will be your toe edge and the right side of the board (behind you) is your heel edge. If you ride regular with your left foot leading then the edges will be opposite.
Step 2
Lean into the toe edge and then the heel edge while at a standstill. Do this slowly so you can get a feel for how much lean it takes before losing your balance. When riding at speed you will need to be able to lean on either edge so you can alternate not only to make turns but to change which leg muscles are being used; stay on one edge for too long and your legs will be toast.
Step 3
Head down a run at your local ski resort. If you are unfamiliar with edging a snowboard, starting out on an easy hill is preferable. Once you gain a bit of speed, practice leaning first into your toe edge, then on your heel edge. Lean into each one just slightly at first unless you wish to turn and stop.
Step 4
Make a left turn by leaning hard onto your toe edge if you ride goofy and heel edge if you ride regular. When doing so, also look where you want to go and point the nose of your board in that direction as you lean onto the edge, shifting your weight onto that side of the board. In a similar fashion, make a right turn by leaning hard onto your heel edge if you ride goofy and your toe edge if you ride regular.
Step 5
Link turns together once you are ready. This is when edging gets fun. Gliding at speed as you shift your weight from the toe to the heel edge and back, making curvy S turns down the mountain is the epitome of edging your snowboard. For some there is no freer feeling.

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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