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Want to go off the trail and into the trees on the mountain? If you don’t know what you are doing, it could be FATAL. In this lesson we go over the steps to take to ensure a fun and safe snowboard ride through the trees.

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Riding Through Trees While Snowboarding

What a shredder Christian from shred school today, we’re talking about how to snowboard in the trees. One of the most fun things you can do. And also one of the most dangerous, just to be totally honest with you. A lot of snowboard and ski related deaths come from running into trees. So it’s not something you want to take lightly, but once you learn how to ride trees safely, it’s one of the best feelings out there. Let’s get into it.

I showed her say we got three tips to ride trades. So this is not for beginner riders, but if you’re intermediate and you take things nice and slow, you can get in the trees and start to explore. And then when you become an advanced writer, you can really start to rip through those trees. But again, we always want to be aware of things that we could run into and make sure we’re in control at all times. 

Tip #1: How to Ride Bumps

So the three tips to do that, number one is learn how to ride moguls and bumps and variable terrain first, because when you do get into the trees, it’s not going to be groomed. It’s not going to be smooth runs. It could be power or hard pack or a mixture of ice and everything else in between. So you want to learn how to ride those bumps. And Bogles first out on the open run, where you have an easy escape route, and you’re not going to run into a tree or lose control.

So that’s tip number one.

Tip #2: Always Look Where You Want To Go

Tip number two is always look where you want to go. Not where you want to avoid. So in NASCAR, I use this example a lot. They tell the drivers don’t look at the wall or you’ll run into it because drivers are scared to hit the wall. They have to keep their eye on the track going around that turn. And that is where the car is going to go. So it’s the same thing with your snowboard, wherever you look, that’s where your board is going to go. So if you’re trying to go in between two trees, look at the gap, not the trees you’re trying to avoid. And then the last tip you need to know about trees. It’s going to be really quick, tight turns in there, and you always want to control your speed.

Tip #3: Controlling Your Speed On A Snowboard

You never want to have so much speed that you don’t have room to stop.

So number one thing was controlling my speed. I like to see my stopping zone at all times. So I know if I need to go hard, stop there’s enough space for me to stop before hitting a tree. The number two thing controlling my speed in the trees is I’m going to put a lot more weight on my front foot, around tight turns. And I’m gonna use that back foot like a rudder, and I’m going to push it out hard and slide it sideways. So in the trees, if it’s not all how I’m going to use more counter rotation to turn my board sideways and control my speed. So my body’s going to keep going where I want to go. And then I’m going to push that back foot out in these really quick burst turns where my lower body is, counter-rotating towards my upper body and that’s always going to control my speed at any time.

I can kick that back leg out and stop it. So that’s the trees. What we want to do is we want to start small and work our way out. So pick a day where it’s a little bit soft out, maybe there’s some powder in the trees and it picks up really nice mellow trees, or you’re not going to get going too fast. And then just dip in off the side of the run, test it out, dip your toes in the water, and then come back out onto the run. Once you get comfortable with that, you can go deeper into the trees, control your speed at all times. So again, those three tips are number one, learn how to ride bumps before you get in the trees. Number two, look where you want to go. Not at what you want to avoid. And number three, always control your speed.

That means having your stoppings zone laid out in front of you and using those quick tight turns to control your snowboard in in-between trees, where you can’t make these big, long drawn out cars. So that’s the trees always be safe out there, wear a helmet and the trees. But again, how much it’s not going to save you. If you run into one full speed. So use our tips start small, work your way up. Once you pass it, the trees pick a nice powder, pick some nice steep trees and start charging it. And your life is going to be changed forever. Go out there and give it a shot. Don’t forget to like this video and subscribe to the share with you and see more awesome tips like this. That’s all fiddly peace out shredder.

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