Carving on a Snowboard

First Step to Carving on a Snowboard – Tutorial Video

First Step to Carving on a Snowboard

In this video I’m going show you the first step to carving on a snowboard. The goal of carving is to ride on your snowboard edge so you leave a clean line in the snow behind you. The best way to start practicing carving is to ride across the slope on your edge, turning up the hill slightly at the end to control your speed. Here you can work on the skills which will get your edge in the snow and keep you balanced on it. Be safe when you practice these carves by looking up the slope first to make sure no other riders are coming.
For your toe edge carve you want to push your knees forward and keep your back straight. Pushing your knees towards the snow will lift your heel edge and drive your toe edge into the snow. The more you push your knees forward, the great the angle you’ll create between your board and the snow. Ride with your back straight to keep more of your weight over your toe edge. If your back is bent forward you’ll put too much of your weight over the snow, causing your toe edge to slide out. Your body also need to be centered between your binding, this will distribute your weight evenly across your toe edge. Put these toe carve skills together and you’ll see a clean line in the snow behind you.
For the heel edge carve ride across the slope with your hips and knees bent, like you’re sitting in a chair. Bending at your knees and hips will lift your toe edge up and dig your heel edge into the snow. The deeper you can sit into the chair, the great the angle between you board and the snow. Bending at your hips will also keep your back bent slightly forward, keeping more of your weight over your heel edge. If your standing too tall with your back straight you’ll put too much over your weight over the snow, causing your heel edge to slide out. Your body also need to be centered between your binding, this will distribute your weight evenly across your heel edge. Put these heel carve skills together and you’ll see a clean line in the snow behind you.
Good luck practicing these carves guys. If you have any questions about carving or if you have any tips you can leave them in the comment section. Remember to be safe and look up hill for other riders. Check out the next carving video, for tips on how to start linking your carving turns together. Thanks for watching and I’ll see ya in the next video.

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Kevin Pearce

My name is Kevin Pearce and I'm the creator of Snowboardprocamp. Since 2011 I've been producing snowboard tutorials for beginner to advanced riders. I taught snowboarding for over ten years and it was the best experience of my life. My reason for creating Snowboardprocamp was so that I could share that experience and make snowboarding accessible to people. I was full-time snowboard coach in Whistler B.C for the eight years. I taught on the mountain five days a week, freeriding with students and teaching them tricks in the terrain park. In the terrain park I have experience teaching everything from beginner tricks in the small park to more advanced tricks on larger jumps. I have extensive alpine knowledge, where I took students through secret powder stashes and off cliff drops. I'm also very experienced teaching beginner riders on their first day and progressing them to an advanced level. Whistler was a great place for me to develop my riding and teaching skills because of the size of our mountains, the amount of snow we get each year, and our long season from November to May. If you're looking to get into snowboarding or progress your riding, subscribe to this page, check out the videos, and stay tuned!

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