Now, the fun begins! Traversing a slope means sliding left and right on the hill like a falling leaf. When you’re in a neutral position, your body weight should sit over your board to maintain balance. Always bend your knees, use your hips and keep a straight back when maneuvering a snowboard. Start to traverse by positioning yourself with your back to the top of the hill. Turn your head in the direction you want to go, lift your hand and point in that same direction.
Let yourself slide to one side by putting pressure on your heels and just letting the board slide. To increase your speed, slightly ease the pressure off your heels until you’ve moved across the slope. To come back to a straight position, put equal pressure on both feet, look down the hill and align your shoulders with the board.
To move to the other side of the slope, put pressure on the heel pointing forward, turn your head and point your hand towards the direction you want to go in. To slide, decrease the pressure. Again, to come back into a straight position, add pressure to both feet and align your shoulders. Once you’ve practiced this a few times, sit down, and roll over to your toe side.
You can go back and forth like this until you feel comfortable enough to move on to the next step: turning!