Tree riding on a snowboard can be very exciting and very rewarding. Often, the only place that has pristine powder is in between the trees. The other driving reason for riding between trees is the challenge.
Before you start
Wear protective gear
Tree riding is not a sport for beginners to attempt due to the obvious danger of hitting a tree.
Know your route
When you are ready to venture off into the trees, make sure that you know where you are going and where you will be coming out. Plan your route carefully so that you do not suddenly find a cliff or get lost. It is also a good idea to have someone with you and someone else who knows where you intend to go and come out in
It is also a good idea to have someone with you and someone else who knows where you plan to go and get out in case of a major problem.
Designate a meetup point after the ride
Another important consideration is a meeting place for you and your companions. When riding through the trees, it is very easy to get separated as each person will follow a slightly different path or may select an entirely different route. With everyone meeting at a known point, it will be easy to account for everyone.
Pointers during the ride
There are a few things to keep in mind while riding through the trees. First off, look ahead of you as far as possible and do not look at the trees you are passing or about to pass. The further you are looking ahead the sooner you will be able to spot obstacles thus giving you more time to react to them.
Do not focus on looking at the trees
It is imperative to not look at the trees. Your eyes play a significant role in directing your body. For this reason, if you are looking at the trees you will veer towards them. Be sure to be looking at the gaps between trees and the point that you wish to travel to.
Be conscious of your speed
A final consideration is your speed. While you do not want to be going at a rate of speed higher than you are confident handling, you do want to be moving as fast as possible. Moving faster will allow you to ride on the surface of the snow and thus avoiding any hidden rocks or stumps and enable you to turn quicker and sharper corners.
Riding through trees is very challenging and exciting. There is not set pattern to trees meaning that each run will be different from the last on and each hill will also be different from the last one. If you are an experienced rider and are looking for more excitement, then be sure to try tree riding with a group of experienced riders. You will not regret the choice.
Stay safe always.