How to Practice Snowboarding Without Snow
6 Snowboarding tricks to practice to get better when there is no snow!
Having all year round snow is a luxury you can only get if you’re living somewhere like the arctic, nonetheless, this reality doesn’t have to be a downer on your practice as the seasons change. You can learn and practice even on your offseason if you really are interested in improving your skill.
If you’re a beginner just starting out, you definitely do not want to lose muscle memory and have to relearn every move you were taught. If you have access to a trampoline, a dry slope or a skateboarding ramp, any board will do. These are all methods you can use to help improve your balance and work on new moves.
Here are six snowboarding tricks you can practice both indoors and outdoors to help you smash the snowboarding season:
1. Nose and tail block
The first technique you can practice indoors is the nose block. If you’re a beginner and you do not know how to nose block just yet, don’t worry it’s really easy, all you need is your snowboard and a dresser.
To get started, put your boots on and strap into your board. You then want to line up with your dresser or anything tall and stable enough to help support your body weight.
Once you’ve done that, you want to start leaning back on the dresser. Do not use a lot of pressure, just use your legs to lift the board.
You then want to extend your back leg, then bend your front leg with your knee pulled up and lift the front of the board and grab the nose.
You can also do it with tail, again by leaning back and keeping the leg that’s pressing perfectly straight.
You then need to bring the leg in front straight up to your chest and grab the tail. When you’re on snow, you can go up a little ramp or a small hill and get into position. When at home you can try to do those blocks by touching or not touching the dresser, but use the dresser if you need it.
Another trick you can practice indoors is your presses. To do this you want to shift your body weight and hips over to the tail of the board and use that weight to help you lift the nose of the board.
Your back leg and knee should be slightly bent and moving towards your front knee, while your front leg remains extended.
You want to keep practicing these moves as that’s the only way you can get good at it. You have to be willing to get on your snowboard a lot to get the rewards, whether it be during the summer or winter just get on your snowboard and get a feel of it, explore and have fun doing it.
Here’s a list of four tricks you can practice outside:
3. Frontside and backside jumping
When you're outdoors you can use literally anything to help you practice. If you have a log, you can use that as a substitute to work on your jumps.
4. Frontside and backside jibbing
You can practice using that same log as a balance bar and work on your frontside and backside jib.
5. Tail block
You can also work on your tail blocks as well.
Practice your spins and counter rotations on the grass.
If you are unable to practice outdoors with your snowboard, get on a skateboard, ripstik, surfboard or longboard.
If you do not have a snowboard deck but you have a PVC pipe or something round like a baseball bat, you can use your skateboard or snowboard and try to balance on it, plus it’s a good overall workout too.
Do not limit yourself just to your snowboard, getting on any board and staying active during the offseason will help you get better overtime and that is exactly what you want, so get creative and get practicing.