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Tail presses on tilted slopes

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so i've been trying to get into buttering, and i've managed to hold successful tail presses on the bunny slopes. I went on a normal green run yesterday to try it out (beginner's slope had a ridiculously long lift line and was chock full of toddlers and skischool people), however, and had difficulties holding a straight press - i would turn abruptly onto my toe or heelside sometimes.

After a while, I realized that part of the reason why I couldn't hold the press was because some parts of the slope was tilted (ie the left side is lower than the right side, for example). If i tried pressing down a tilted slope I would end up on one edge and turn abruptly.

My question is - is it at all possible to press (and butter in general) on slopes that aren't totally flat? Would it be possible to steer and have more control after more practice, or are these considered "flatland" tricks for a reason?

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Check out these tutorials by Ryan Knapton on YouTube.

Guys has a very very nice fluent style and good tutorials.
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Check out these tutorials by Ryan Knapton on YouTube.

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My question is - is it at all possible to press (and butter in general) on slopes that aren't totally flat? Would it be possible to steer and have more control after more practice, or are these considered "flatland" tricks for a reason?

Thanks!
Assuming it's not ridiculously bumpy/tilted, yeah, you can press on green runs that are even-ish, but not totally flat and even. You'll get better at compensating for small changes in incline/tilt as you get better at balance and pressing.

Ideally though, most of the time you'll want to be doing flatground tricks on even-ish terrain, it just makes everything a lot simpler. It's not so much incline that will screw you up (you'll learn to adjust your balance to compensate for the incline), but rather things like bumps and sudden changes in the terrain that will tend to mess with your flatground tricks more than an incline.

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What I do is counter the off camber slope by adding a very slight turn to my butter. By rotating your upper body in the direction you want to go, the board will turn.

So if the slope is higher above you then below, I would turn the upper body towards the higher portion. Usually only a slight turn is needed.

At about 10:17, the adding direction section. Although direction is more meant for spinning. It can also be used to counter slope changes and keep you traveling where you want to go.

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alright that's great to know! Will keep at it and try it out. The area I was trying presses in wasn't bumpy, it was just... tilted to one side. I'll start practising turns the next time i get on a slope.

thanks everyone for the tutorials/feedback!
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