Basics Of Buttering - Step 1

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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 with ease and style!

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(Narrating: Nev Lapwood, Rider: Nev Lapwood, Film/Editing: Adison Macdonald)

Tip 1) Where To Shift Your Weight

When riding normally, your body position will look something like this:

Traditional Body Position When Riding

  • 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.

Weight In The Middle Of The Board 

Body Weight Centred Over The Middle Of The Board

Body Weight Shifted Towards The Tail

Body Weight Shifted Towards The Tail

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 get that stylish press, imagine a dot on your snowboard and shift your weight right onto that point.

Imagine A Dot On Your Board

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. The tip of the snowboard should rise by just shifting your weight appropriately.

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. 

Pick A Point On The Nose Of Your Snowboard 

Pick A Spot On The Tail Of Your Snowboard

 Project Your Weight Into That Spot

Project Your Weight Into The Nose

Tip 2) Control Your Press

When shifting your weight, your snowboard is only going to rise off the ground by 10cm/4 Inches. Snowboard Only Rises Off The Ground 10cm/4'

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

Out Of Control Press, Is Going To Make You Look Like A Jerry
A small controlled press allows you to have more balance and butter for longer.

Small Controlled Press

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

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

Back Leg Tweaking Inwards

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

Keep Your Back Knee Over Your Back Foot

Knee Position Should Look Like This (Knee Is Over The Foot): 

Back Knee Is Over The Foot

 Tip 4) Don't Just Lean

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

Don't Just Lean, You Look Silly

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.

Focus On Shifting Your Hips 

Shift Your Hips, Don't Just Lean

You Can Practice These Techniques At Home 

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

Practicing These Techniques At Home

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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  • If i don’t have a training board, is it alright to use my actual board at home?

    Eric on
  • Hi, I bought your video’s a couple of years ago and i still watch them every year before I go boarding. It’s made me such a better boarder. keep up the awesome stuff!!!

    Benjamin on
  • Hi Nev, tnx for this very clear and understandable explanation! I will practice at home and I can’t wait to step on my board end of this month. Top!

    richard on
  • Hi,
    I just came back from Austria. No Natural Snow, only prepared slopes. Blut Great to practice buttering. Your toutorials helped a lot. Keep on.

    Dan on
  • Please release your hand plant video!!!

    ZMO on

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