Can you practice snowboarding on carpet? (Answered)

By Rob Toneward •  Updated: 01/16/22 •  6 min read

Snowboarding takes practice and unless you have full-time access to a ski hill, this requires artificial help.

Indoor boarding can be practiced on almost any floor surface and is far cheaper than the average lift pass fee.

Indoors you need no more than a good board with appropriate bindings, boots/shoes, and gloves plus some time to master the tricks listed below.


Can you practice snowboarding on carpet?

Yes, you can practice snowboarding on the carpet and it is a very cheap and easy way to practice your form and timing without having full access to the slopes.

You can practice on the carpet while you are strapped into your snowboard.

That being said, there are some things to take into consideration if you want to ride successfully on the carpet.

First of all, your board will not perform the same as it does on the snow because the carpet is more rigid than powder.  

The board’s base won’t flex beneath your feet and absorb shocks free of cost like it does on the snow.

Also, the carpet will absorb some of the energy that you put into your turns, making it slightly more difficult to execute turns with precision and finesse.

Your bindings should fit securely on the board so they don’t come loose when riding at high speeds.

However, if they are too snug or tightened down too far, they will be hard to get into when you are ready to ride.

You should find the right balance between stability and ease of entry.

Will carpet hurt my snowboard?

No, the carpet is soft enough to not damage your board.

There is one exception, though: the edges of your snowboard might start to wear down.

Most quality boards come with some type of edge protection already applied to the base material at the factory.

However, if you have a really high-quality board without edge protection or you ride very often and have worn through the factory edge protection, it’s possible for carpet fibers to dig into your board’s base and cause irreversible damage.

Check the bottom of your board, more importantly, the wax.

You may need to pay someone to re-wax before hitting the snow if you’ve been using your snowboard on the carpet.

What tricks can I practice on carpet?

For starters, kicking turns are a great way to get going fast before transitioning into carving down a larger section of carpet.  

You may find that you have more difficulty initiating a kick turn on carpet than on snow.

To compensate for this, make sure to keep your upper body leaning forward and weight on the balls of your feet at all times.

Be patient with yourself and take slowly.

The advantage to practicing at home is working those muscles that are required for snowboarding as well as maintaing your balance while working on your tricks.

It’s obviously not as fun as being at the hill, but working to better you at snowboarding while at home can pay off once you get there.

Snowboard skill’s to practice at home

If you’re new to it or simply need a refresher, here are ten skills for you to practice at home before going to the hill.

Balance and turning are your two biggest concerns when you are riding, so these are the snowboarding skills you can work on at home.

  1. One Foot – Strap-in one foot, and move around
  2. Sideways – One foot strapped in and one foot free, practicing walking
  3. Board Stance – Strap into the board and practice your stance with arms over knees, find your balance. This is the foundation or riding, it’s where you ride and make turns.
  4. Shifting your weight back-and-forth – alternate hips forwards and backwards
  5. Hopping – Strapped in, jump up and down and learn the board and your balance
  6. Heel Edge – balance on your heels, (for stopping, and turning)
  7. Toe Edge – Lift your heels to get on your toes, bend your knees (for stopping, and turning)
  8. Roll Over – Practice rolling on the ground with your board on
  9. Turning – Turn using your shoulders and the board
  10. Hop & Turn – combine turning and hoping to improve your board control.

Take the time to focus on one skill at a time so you learn it better than having lots of things going on at once.

The best way to ride more smoothly, quickly, and easily is by practicing the basics mentioned above at home until they become second nature.

How to practice snowboarding at home?

Use a snowboard trainer, a balance board, or your snowboard.

There are several ways to practice boarding at home:

If you choose to practice snowboarding at home with a snowboard, look for something smaller than your standard board.

Since people tend to overestimate their skill level even when they’re unskilled, it’s beneficial to choose a snowboard that is shorter and easier to control.

You don’t want to start out on something bigger because you’ll probably lose control and hit the wall or furniture in your house.

It’s also worth mentioning that there is no substitute for actually getting some time on snow so practicing boarding at home can only help boost your confidence and save you money if that’s what you need.

Snowboarding at home has its benefits by teaching balance.

It may not be as convenient as riding your favorite snowboard at the resort, but practicing is a great way to improve.

It’s also worth mentioning that there is no substitute for actually getting some time on snow so practicing boarding at home can only help boost your confidence and save you money if that’s what you need.

Snowboarding tricks you can practice up to

There are many tricks you can practice up to a certain level and take them onto the hill.

Others will take some time to learn.

These include:

These may be difficult to master on the carpet, but nonetheless, practicing the movements, turns, and grabs on the carpet is helpful once you get back on the snow.

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of ways to practice snowboarding at home, but the best way is by choosing one skill and practicing it until you’ve mastered it.

You can work on your balance with a balance board or use a smaller-sized snowboard that’s easier to control as well as lighter than normal for better maneuverability.

Practicing snowboarding on the carpet can be hard, but if you stick with it and focus on one skill at a time, you’ll become better than ever!

Hope this article helped you out. 🙂

Video and photo credit:

Rob Toneward