Today’s reader question:
I want to ride faster when I snowboard, but I always get scared when I start to go fast. What can I do to learn to ride faster?
Honestly this is one of those things that you don’t train directly. Let me explain:
1) Your speed will naturally increase
You can’t ride fast right now because you’re not comfortable at speed right? Well you’re not comfortable because you’re not confident in your ability to control your snowboard.
This control and confidence comes with more time snowboarding.
Even just riding around and continuing to snowboard will increase your speed without you doing anything else. Your board control will naturally improve and with it comes more confidence and that means your speed will increase as well.
Think about it, how fast were you going when you first learnt to snowboard in a straight line? Not very fast. How fast do you go now compared to then? It may not be lightning fast, but it’s faster than you used to ride.
2) Focus on basic riding
So if control of your snowboard is what allows you to feel confident going faster, then it makes sense that you should practice things that improve your control over your snowboard right?
Well, there’s no secret trick to this, it all goes back to basics. Work on your carving, turning and riding more technical terrain like steeper runs and tree runs.
What is it that makes you a little uncomfortable when you snowboard? Is it cat tracks? Tree runs? Whatever it is, that’s what you should aim to snowboard. You only increase your comfort level by doing things that make you uncomfortable.
Now don’t take this to mean that I think you should go huck yourself off 100 foot cliff or ride double black tree runs if you’re a beginner. I mean ride what feels uncomfortable, not what is impossible for your skill level.
I find that many beginners are uncomfortable on cat tracks because it requires small precise adjustments. So you know what they should do? Ride the crap out of those cat tracks.
There’s no other way around it. If you want to increase your comfort level you have to do the things that make you uncomfortable and from that you’ll be able to ride faster and feel more in control as you snowboard.
Hope that answers your question!