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Snowboarding Course - Traversing (Toeside)



If Sideslipping is the act of sliding down the fall line using the heel or toe edge to control your descent, Traversing is a skill that takes you from one side of the slope to the other while descending gradually. You can use the toeside or heelside in traverses. In this section, learn how to traverse using the toe edge of your Snowboard:


STEP 1: In traversing using the toe edge, it is very important to look towards the direction where you want to go. Spread your arms to help in maintaining your balance.

STEP 2: Then, turn your head and upper body towards the direction you wish to travel to. Shift more weight on your leading foot and move together with your other foot.




STEP 3: Return your Snowboard to its original position across the fall line. Get ready to move to the other side of the slope. Look towards the direction where you want to go.

STEP 4: Just like in Step 2, turn your head and upper body towards the direction you wish to travel to. Shift more weight on your leading foot and move together with your other foot.

Mastering this skill can help you control your speed and direction. Continue practicing until you feel comfortable traversing. Soon, you can control both edges and you can make a controlled stop when necessary. Make sure that you are already comfortable in doing Traverses (heelside and toeside) before trying other Snowboard Exercises.

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boardchick
Monday 26th October 2009 at 12:00:49 PM  

this is so simple, it pains me to see it with the grinds.

nasty jay
Friday 4th December 2009 at 10:53:17 PM  

dam i cant do it i suck i ride hill side all the tyme hahaha

Eitan
Thursday 7th January 2010 at 7:00:18 AM  

Great Articles

isabella
Wednesday 5th January 2011 at 10:27:03 PM  

yeah I was on that yesterday. Nice tip as looking towards the mountain seemed a bit awkward to me, but get to practice this for sure before trying to go to tighter slopes. Forgetting to mention tiger balm and advil haha

snowobard size guide
Saturday 9th April 2011 at 1:24:34 PM  

Using your toes really helps to dig into harder snow and ice. Its all about toe pressure along the snowboards edge.


 
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Lessons Overview

Below you can find all the lessons of our Learn Snowboarding Online Course:

1: Snowboard Basics
2: Carrying your Snowboard
3: Skating
4: Switching Edges
5: Gliding
6: Moving Up the Slope
7: Sideslipping (Heelside)
8: Sideslipping (Toeside)
9: Traversing (Heelside)
10: Traversing (Toeside)
11: Falling Leaf
12: Garlands
13: Linking Turns

Done? Try our Snowboarding Tricks section.