Skating is one of the first skills that you need to master when snowboarding. The reason is that you would need to skate when you need to transfer from one lift to another, which guarantees that you would do it often.
At the same time, skating will help you practice gliding and balancing as you pick up speed. It will also impose on you that you need to pay attention to the terrain and avoid anything sticking out of the snow.
If you already know how to use the skateboard, then this should not be a problem for you. For those who can’t, here are the steps to learn how to skate and improve on this skill.
- Strap on your front leg and make sure that your back leg is free.
- Kick with your back leg to move forward. Make sure that the front leg is in front of it at all times.
- Slightly bend your front legs. Doing so will help you keep your balance.
- See to it that you are making only small steps to help you practice moving forward first. When you feel comfortable, take bigger steps. Do not attempt to make big kicks yet. Skate around the area at a moderate speed, then try to pick up the speed when you feel confident that you would not lose your balance.
- When you feel that you are gaining speed, practice putting your back foot at the stomp pad without looking at it. That will teach you how to clean your back foot from snow to gain traction while minimizing the risk of collision with other snowboarders.
- With your feet both on the board, try crouching and getting up while the board is sliding.
Skating prepares you to get used to varying speeds while you are on the board, so make sure that you practice as much as possible. Now, once you are comfortable with skating, it’s time to practice gliding with your board.