Our lessons are geared, in particular, towards children, who draw their inspiration from mass media and video games. But if you feel you are already a “free spirit“, with in the first hours of lessons we will teach you the correct basic position that will allow you to move on easy slopes without the direct assistance of the instructor, so you can maintain good balance and a feeling of security in every turn. Sliding in a transversal position has always been a condition that each of us instinctively mantains even when, for example, you try to slide by yourself on snow or ice. A snowboard-lesson with an instructor of the Cortina Ski School will surely become a new source of inspiration for you and for your children.

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Snowboarding Glossary

RACING-BOARD/ALPINE-BOARD

This board type is the first among all board types. It is characterized by a flat tail and a little higher nose when compared with soft boards. Its structure is rigid as to convey more effectively the unevenness of the ground. These boards are ridden with a “hard” plastic snowboard boot (similar to a ski boot).

SOFT-Board

An extremely manageable and light board, the binding is usually made of plastic with a Hi-Back to better hold the rider’s boot which is held onto the board with buckle straps.
The boots are comfortable and soft, generally tied with laces and have a rigid sole.
The rounded-upturned nose and tail facilitate bi-directional use. Their structure varies depending on the use.

FREESTYLE-BOARD

This board is quite wide to allow positioning of the feet at the angles close to the transversal axis. It is structurally more responsive than freeride boards.

FREERIDE-BOARD

It generally has a quite long nose and more effective edge. It ensures a good floating on powder and good edge hold on groomed slopes.

Snowboard stance-direction

Generally the foot placed in the front on the snowboard is determined by instinct (e.g. the first foot you move to make a slip). Nevertheless, the bi-directional method is now preferred.
One method used for first time riders is to stand in front of a friend who gives you a push: the first foot you move to mantain balance will be the foot you set up at the front of the snowboard.

GOOFY

Right foot forward.

RIDING FORWARD

Forward foot facing in the advancement direction.

BACKSIDE-TURN

A turn where the heel edge faces to the outside of the turn.

REGULAR

Left foot forward.

FRONTSIDE TURN

A turn where the toe edge faces to the outside of the turn.

FACKIE OR SWITCH STANCE

Rear foot facing the advancement direction.

F.I.S. LEVELS 2008/2009

In this level you will learn to connect the “elementary curves” to the crossings, following a process that will allow you to move voluntarily on the curve trajectory. Impara la pronuncia You will also learn to manage movements on simple tracks.

In this level you will learn to perform a series of “basic curves” without crossing, effectively applying rotations, inclinations and movements, gaining good confidence and mastery of the gesture. Impara la pronuncia You will have good control of the board on simple slopes. In this level you will begin to perform simple evolutions.

In this level you will learn how to perform a series of semiconductor “school curves”, you will learn how to manage the advance and addressing of the board and naturally perform all the movements necessary for the change of direction. Furthermore you will be able to effectively control the speed of advancement and with rudimentary method you will be able to face almost all the slopes.

You will learn to manage the edge, gradualizing the movements along the entire arc of curve and consequent “conduction”.

You will learn to deal naturally with fresh snow and humps, making Grab curves by managing the edge and understanding the dynamic balance.

You will learn jumps and evolutions in Halfpipe by learning to manage your body in space.

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