How To Steer Your Ice Block
Unlike sleds, your ice block will tend to rotate as you go downhill. It's
also going to be a little smaller as well. Here are some tips for steering
your ice block:
- While holding on to the handle or towel on your ice block, use your other
handle to control the spin your ice block may get as it goes downhill. It
takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, it will be
completely natural. See the video at the right and watch he as the left arm
controls the spin.
- Pick a downhill path that is free of divots. If you hit a rough spot on the
ground and your ice block stops, you will keep going. And the ground is not
nearly as soft as snow!
- Although the size of the ice block may be more suited for kids, adults
can fit on. If you place a towel on the ice, you can sit on the back edge and
your feet can rest on the front edge. It's a tight squeeze but it is possible!
Safety and Your Ice Block
Just as with snow sledding, care should be taken when ice blocking. Follow
these tips to help avoid getting injured:
- If you fall,
try to roll. Putting your arms out to stop your forward
momentum is probably useless and could cause injuries.
- Watch out for other ice blockers coming down the hill. The ice blocks
cannot be steered. And since you are not working coats, a collision could
be especially painful.