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How to Snowboard on Ice on the Mountain

18 July 2019
Snowboarder going down an indoor slope near London

Snowboarding fresh powder on the hill can be a lot of fun, but realistically it’s not the only kind of terrain you’re going to come across. At some point you’re going to find yourself tackling an icy run.

Plus, chances are, the iciest of runs will be the most heavily skied piste that winds down into your holiday resort—the one you could be required to ride daily to get down the mountain. For this reason, knowing how to snowboard over ice before your snowboard trip could largely improve your mountain experience. 

How to practice snowboarding on ice

Learning to snowboard on ice at your UK local real snow slope is a great way to get yourself ready for the mountain. The slope may not be icy, but you are more likely to find compacted snow later in ski the day; once the slope has been heavily skied. This, and these 5 tips are a great way to help you get to grips with how to snowboard over ice.

Plan a route

There’s no need to tackle more ice or compacted snow than necessary! Plan a route that avoids sliding over too much ice by staying away from the middle of the slope. The sides of the piste are normally less heavily skied and therefore have retained their soft snow covering—making them easier to snowboard.

Stay balanced over your board

Leaning too far over the toe or heel edge could cause you to slip out on compacted snow and even more so when snowboarding over ice. Staying centred in the middle of your board will make it easier to move over any more challenging terrain.

Avoid riding aggressively

An icy slope is not the time to start snowboarding aggressively or with too much speed, save this for freshly groomed slopes and powder. You’re better off making smooth movements without any forced stops or sudden turns.

Slide over the ice

Aim to feel like you’re gliding over the ice or compacted snow, by avoiding putting too much pressure through either edge.

Don’t panic

When you do move the board over an icy patch, the sound of the scraping ice can be enough to cause a moment of panic. Be prepared for the 'board moving over ice' noise, remain composed and stay with it! 

For more hints and tips for snowboarding on ice or compacted snow book a coaching session with The Snow Centre’s experienced instructors.

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