How To Ground Spin

Bread just isn't the same without butter. Neither is snow!

This is Step Five, of a Six Step progression on the Basics Of Buttering. In this step, we are going to teach you how to Ground Spin. Check out our Streaming Membership to see the full Six Step Series that will have you churning up butters like a boss.

(Narrating/Riding: Nev Lapwood. Film/Edit: Adison MacDonald. Filmed At: Whistler Blackcomb)

Why Should You Learn To Ground Spin?

Learning to ground spin has endless benefits:

  • Improves your balance
  • Gets you comfortable in a central position on your board
  • Improves your switch riding
  • Improves edge control
  • Improves spatial awareness

Just to name a few..

Ultimately, ground spinning will build your edging skills so that you're always on the correct edge when you try to learn other buttery tricks, where there is no margarine for error.

Ground Spinning

Find a gentle slope and try the following:

1. Do a backside 180. Notice how the rider below is on his toe edge.

Backside 180 on a snowboard

2. Then, use your momentum to do a switch frontside 180. Notice below how the rider is now on his heel edge.

 Switch Frontside 180 snowboarding

Keep practicing the above two tips until it's a smooth 360 on the ground. If you catch an edge, try switching edges a little bit sooner in the spin.

catching an edge snowboarding

A Helpful Hint

Your uphill edge should always be the one touching the snow - never your downhill edge! If you don't focus on what edge you are on at all times, you're just asking for the snow to grab your board and give you a good ol' one-two.

Uphill edge ground spinning snowboardinguphill edge ground spinning snowboarding

Now Try The Other Way

1. Do a frontside 180. Notice how the rider below is on his heel edge.

Frontside 180 snowboarding

2. Then, use your momentum to do a switch backside 180. Notice how the rider below is now on his toe edge.

 switch backside 180 snowboarding

Think You've Got It?

Keep practicing until you're confident that you can do 3 full 360's in a row. 

3 360's snowboarding

You want to do more than 3? What are you, nuts?! If you are, try as many spins as your mind can handle. Then, try as many as you can the other way to counteract your dizziness - safety first :D


Ground spinning is a sick way to quickly gain control over your edges and get you comfortable spinning. This is an awesome skill not only for buttering, but also for dialling in your muscle memory and awareness for spinning off jumps!


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  • Couldn’t agree more Dave! Thanks for the extra advice and happy shredding!

    Snowboard Addiction on
  • If you start on your weak edge (heel, usually) then transfer to your toe edge this should make it easier to start. Then you can try it the other way. This is a lot of fun and can look really cool. If you catch an edge it WILL hurt. Practice both ways on gentle wide runs – speed is not the goal. If youre finding it difficult try something else and come back to spins later. Always remember snowboarding is FUN whatever youre doing.

    Dave on

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