Basic Buttering Position On A Snowboard

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This is Step One of a Six Step progression on the Basics Of Buttering. We have included the first step for Free, to help you start buttering up the hill.

To see the additional steps on buttering, check out our Streaming Membership.

Tip 1) Where To Shift Your Weight

When riding normally, your body position should be:
– Ankles Bent
– Knees Bent
– Back Up Straight
– Head Up Straight, Looking In The Direction You’re Riding
– Upper And Lower Body Aligned With Your Snowboard

When you want to start buttering, all you have to do is shift your weight towards the tail or the nose, whilst keeping your normal riding position exactly the same.

When cruising down the hill, your weight should be centred over the middle of your board. To start buttering, all you need to do is shift the weight of you body towards the tail or the nose.

If you hover your weight just over your back-foot, your board is not going to do much, and still be pretty flat with the snow. To lift your board and get that stylish press, imagine a dot on your snowboard and shift your weight right onto that point.

When you shift your weight, you will notice that your board will rise up off the snow. You don’t physically need to lift your snowboard off the ground with your front leg, this should happen by just shifting your weight enough.

Once you have mastered this position on your tail, try it on your nose. Use the exact same technique of shifting your weight to the nose. Remember to keep your normal body position.

Tip 2) Control Your Press

When shifting your weight, your snowboard is only going to rise off the ground by 10cm/4 Inches.

When pressing, a small controlled press looks way more stylish than a huge, out of control press. You will just like a jerry if you try to fling your snowboard off the ground.

A small controlled press allows you to have more balance and butter for longer.

Tip 3) Keep Your Back Knee Over The Top Of Your Back Foot

A common mistake with new riders trying these presses is the tweaking of their back leg inwards.

This tweaking of the back leg is not a strong stable position. The best position to be in, is to have your knee over the top of your back leg.

Tip 4) Don’t Just Lean

A lot of riders when first trying presses, just lean over the top of their board.

Really focus on shifting your hips and weight over that imaginary dot that we focused on in Tip 1. Shifting your weight is going to make that press happen, not how much you lean.

You Can Practice These Techniques At Home

You don’t even need to be on the hill to practice your buttering. Use your Training Board and Bindings, to practice shifting your weight to that imaginary dot.

By practicing these techniques at home, you will be building muscle memory in your legs so you can butter on the white stuff, no worries.

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  1. Thanks..dont know if you will end up reading this but you guys are by far the best when it comes to explaining tricks..not too much chit chat and straight to the point..thank you..we appreciate it🏂

  2. Thanks for the video! Looks effortless!
    Mind my question here please? I'm a beginner, maybe 5-6 days. Tried butters on flat ground. Feels awkward. And the board does not bend enough thou it should, being a beginner Yes Basic. Could it be my stance is too wide? It's 23"/58 cm, my height being 184cm. When I strap in it fills awkward and too wide apart, but when I jump on the living room floor and measure the stance width after landing it's actually 160cm!
    What's your stance width, it does not look very wide?

  3. I've been watching lots of video tips on how to butter but I am having a hell of a time getting my board up more than an inch or two. Would widening my stance help? What should my stance be for starters if I am 5'6" and 145lbs with a 156cm board? I'm sure there is probably not a single correct answer as it probably has a lot to do with preference but any tips on where I should be starting? Will be trying these tips the next time I am up on the mountain – great vid!

  4. Board type is key as well, can't believe they didn't mention this. Something with an easy flex Luke the neversummer funslinger will butter on a dime, but an all mountain and stiffer board will be much more difficult to butter…

  5. Something that would help me is to know what style of board you're riding and what the flexibility rating is. Hearing and seeing your preference for each terrain/trick choice would help me better understand board selection and things I should look for when riding and purchasing new gear. Thanks.

  6. (in the case of a tail press, for example) Is it best to keep flexing the front leg muscle a bit, or do you let it relax completely?
    When I first tried these, I was leaving the front leg completely loose and letting the tension lift the nose. But I found my hip felt like it would dislocate, and my hip flexors got strained. So now I try to keep some flexing in my front leg.
    Is it normal, or do most people just leave the front leg completely loose?

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