How To Keep Moving When You Lose Momentum

This is a step that you’ll find yourself just feeling it out. It is exhausting to move on any semi-flat surface. What do you do when you find yourself stopping while going up a hill?

Well, once you lose momentum on a upward hill there is nothing more you can do. You will end up stopping. The best way to prevent this is obviously having enough speed but sometimes we might fall, slow down too much, or didn’t know there was about to be a hill.

There is nothing special to do here. You can remove one foot and move up the hill. If you hate strapping up on the board, you can do what I do and use the board to slowly push yourself up. It will take some energy but you can start going down faster with no need to un-strap. Your board becomes your feet in moments like these. You don’t want flat feet until you get to the top or you will go down the wrong side. Use the edge and use your booty, scooch up that hill.

When scooching, always try to move towards the ends of the routes to avoid becoming an obstacle. Be smart in these situations. First thing should be moving out of the way. The scooch technique has helped me overcome countless hills. I hope you can use this to get you to the top.

4 Comments so far

  1. Makai on April 27th, 2021

    I remember I got stuck on a ridiculously shallow slope at Cascade Mountain as a kid – it was super frustrating. I was experienced enough to go downhill at that point, and I didn’t have enough momentum to move. Knowing how to move with little to no momentum is definitely a valuable skill.

  2. Austin Dirks on April 27th, 2021

    This was a great blog post because this is very helpful information. If you do not know what to do if you got stuck, it would be a tough situation.

  3. Patrick Cesarone on April 28th, 2021

    Throw back to my times shredding gnar at Villa Olivia in Illinois, I often times had difficulties getting into a rhythm where my momentum was controlled. This tip helped immensely.

  4. Malcolm Schneider on May 4th, 2021

    Thanks for the tip for if I ever get stuck or can’t get enough speed on the slope! It has happened to me on skis before and it is a struggle.

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