How to Turn on a Snowboard

How to Turn on a Snowboard – Tutorial Video

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How to Turn on a Snowboard – Tutorial Video

In this video I’m going to teach you how to turn on a snowboard. Turning is the ultimate goal when learning to snowboard, because it gets you around the mountain and helps you to control your speed. To make learning this easy I’m going to break down turning in three very clear steps and give you the two keys to success.
Let’s start by focusing on the three steps to the heel turn.
The first step is to set up the turn. Set up the turn by controlling your speed on your toe edge. This will keep you from going into the turn with too much speed. From here you’ll also be able to plan out and visualize the turn. Make sure you’re balanced over your board with your knees bent back straight and hands at your sides.
Next you want to let your board run straight down the slope. To do this you need to put more weight over your front foot. Bend your front leg more or reach your hand toward the snow to get your weight forward. At the same time look and point your front hand downhill. As your board starts to go straight you can take the pressure off your toe edge and let your board run flat.
With your snowboard running straight and flat it’s time to turn and control your speed. To turn you need to look and turn your upper body to face the bottom of the run. Your lower body and board will follow your upper body. At the same time you want to put pressure on your heel edge control your speed. The timing for this is important, turning your board and pressing your heel edge at the same time so your board slides around nice and smooth.
For the toe turn start by controlling your speed on you heel edge, visualize your turn and make sure you balanced over your board.
Let you board run straight down the hill by putting more weight over your front foot, look and point your front hand downhill, take the pressure off your heel edge and let your board run flat.
Turn and control your speed by looking and facing the top the slope, at the same time pressure your toe edge to control your speed and set up the next turn.
To set yourself up for success make sure you pick a good beginner area to practice your turns. You’ll know you’re in the right spot when your board doesn’t pick up much speed when you go straight. You also want to practice lots of heel and toe sliding. Heel and toe sliding is key because it’s what sets the turn up and controls your speed at the end.
So, good luck learning how to turn on a snowboard guys! If you found this video helpful remember to give it a thumbs up. Share it with any friends who are learning to snowboard. Leave any questions in the comment area below. Check out the beginner playlist for more tips. 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!