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How to Ride Through Trees on a Snowboard



  1. Be sure your board is recently waxed.
    • Waxing your board helps in making smooth turns and maintaining the speed sometimes necessary for riding through trees.
    • Look at this article, Wax a Snowboard, to wax your snowboard at home. Another option is to simply bring your board into your local ski shop.
  2. Sharpen the edges of your board.
    • Having sharp edges will greatly increase the effectiveness of your toe-side and heel-side turns. This is essential in making the sharp turns necessary while riding through trees.
    • Tune and Repair Your Own Snowboard has great advice which should help.
    • Again, your local ski shop will also be happy to help sharpen the edges of your board.
  3. Know how to ride "heel-side" and toeside" and be able to quickly switch between the two.
    • Riding through trees requires a higher level of skill in carving than riding groomed runs does.
    • If you do not feel comfortable quickly turning, practice on the groomed runs before riding through trees.
    • will also help you learn this skill.

Riding through Trees

  1. Find an area on the mountain with a large amount of trees.
    • Consult the map of the mountain usually found at the resort. The map will have a symbol for areas dense with trees. These areas are generally found in between designated runs or in the "backside" of certain mountains.
    • Or just look for areas while riding the mountain.
  2. Figure out the best entrance to the area.
    • Choose the entrance based on how well it will set you up for a good run through trees.
    • Try to enter as far up the mountain as possible as this will offer you more opportunity to alter your path.
  3. Enter the area and start carving through the trees using quick transitions between heel-side and toe-side.It is important that you be aware that there will be many more obstacles than on a groomed run.
    • Bend your knees more than usual and be on the lookout for rocks, branches, holes, and of course trees. Bending your knees will help you to absorb the impacts of rough terrain as well as be in a better position to make a quick turn.
  4. Scan the spaces in between the trees while riding to determine your next turn.Look for spaces wide enough to fit your board turned horizontally as you may need to stop suddenly if there is an unseen obstacle.
    • Try to look a few trees ahead to determine if your turn will set you up well for the following turn.
    • Be on the look-out for areas in the trees that you want to ride through on the next run.
  5. Alternate between looking ahead at the terrain coming up beneath you as well as the trees ahead of you.Riding through trees requires you to be much more alert than you need to be on groomed runs.
    • Do not focus on the trees, but on the spaces between them. Focusing too much on the trees will cause you to unknowingly steer toward them.
  6. Be very cautious of cliffs.Tree runs are not patrolled and many times cliffs are not marked. You will be riding at your own risk.
    • If you see a sharp drop-off up ahead, slow down and examine the area.
    • Occasionally a sharp drop-off will simply mean a change in slope, but it is not worth the risk to continue full speed.
  7. Take a break to slow down and gather yourself if you are feeling lost or if you don't feel comfortable with the speed.
    • It is important to know your limits while riding through trees.
  8. Get back on the lift and ride through the trees again!
    • You likely won't find all the best terrain on your first run. Try the area again and take a different path.

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  • Try to ride with a skier as they can help scout out areas hard to reach on a snowboard.
  • Look for tracks left by other riders. The tracks will generally lead you to the best terrain.
  • Don't be afraid to make completely new tracks though!
  • Take the area at the pace you are comfortable with.


  • The terrain could change in difficulty very quickly in tree dense areas as it is not patrolled by resort staff. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and do not attempt anything above your skill level.
  • Watch out for creeks and rocks.
  • Be aware of tree wells! These are areas near the trunk of the tree where the snow is soft and you could fall in.

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