Simple snowboard tricks you can learn

Snowboarding isn’t just about going from the top to the bottom of a slope, it’s about the journey in between. Once you’ve mastered the basics you’ll want to fill that journey full of tricks that show off your skills and give you a real sense of achievement – it’s the main pleasure that sets snowboarding apart from skiing. If you’re fairly new to the sport then here are some of the easier tricks to learn. Just make sure it’s all being recorded on film when you pull them off.

Pops

This is one of the most basic ways of gaining some height on your snowboard (‘getting air’ as they say). Bend your knees and push off the ground with your feet. You can practice on the flat first and start using your heels and toes for traction. Then incorporate it every time you hit a jump and you’re well on your way to learning other cool tricks.

Powder slashies

This one’s simple but hugely enjoyable. Basically you’re making a turn that sprays snow everywhere which is deeply childish but deeply satisfying. Look out for a place where snow has gathered, for example against a bump, and head towards it, not too fast but definitely not too slow. As you reach your target, start to make a turn but exaggerate everything you would normally do. When you reach your target, punch your back leg down for a big plume of the white stuff. Try not to lean back and keep going after your slashie for maximum bonus points.

Tailblocks

This one looks cool. You take a little jump and land on the end of your board followed by a few seconds of balancing. It takes practice but is relatively straightforward. Stretch your back leg, bend your front leg, grab the end of the board with your strongest hand and you’re there.