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.
How to Snowboard – 10 Beginner Skills Video
Learn how to snowboard with these 10 beginner skills for your first day. These beginner snowboarding skills are going to help you get around the mountain, go down your first run and prepare you for the chairlift. Everyone learns how to snowboard at their own pace, so it’s fine if you spread these skills over a few days.
The first beginner snowboarding skill your going to learn is how to skate. Skating is how you get around with one foot strapped into your board. This skill will get you to the run and also to and from the chairlift. I prefer to skate with my free foot behind my board, using it to push me across the flat area.
You also need to know how to walk up hills. The best way to walk up a hill is to put your board across the slope and walk with your free foot infront of your board. With each step you take, dig in your toe edge. This will stop your snowboard from sliding downhill.
Now that you can skate and walk up hills it’s time to do some one footed riding. This is a skill that is absolutely necessary for getting off the chairlift. To practice find a very small slope where you point your board straight and ride with your free foot between your bindings. To stop yourself, move your free foot to the edge of your board and drag your heel or toe in the snow.
When you’re ready to go down a small slope the first thing you need to do is strap up both feet. The easiest way to do this is to sit down facing the bottom of the run with the board below you. Strap your board up one foot at a time with your knees bent so you can reach the straps. If you need to put your board down for a second make sure you snowboard is upside down, so it doesn’t slide away.
Once you’re strapped up it time to stand up and start sliding. To stand up start by reaching one hand forward and grabbing your board. Use this hand to pull yourself up, and at the same time push yourself up from behind. If you find this hard, get a friend to help you up the first few times.
Your first time down the slope, you’re just going to be controlling your speed, by sliding on your heel edge. With the heel slide the more you lift your toe edge away from the snow, the more your heel edge will dig in and slow you down. As you slide your body should be balanced over your board with your knees and hip bent, your back fairly straight, with your hands at your sides. To slide back and forth, point and put a little more weight into the direction you want to go.
The next skill for learning how to snowboard is to control your speed on your toe edge, but because we haven’t gotten to turning yet you’ll have to sit down and roll over. The easiest way I find to roll over is to lay back, grab your leg and pull your board over as you roll.
For toe sliding you control your speed by lifting your heel edge away from the snow to slow down, or let your heels get closer to the snow to slide faster. Think of pushing your knees forward into the snow as you slide to help dig your toes in more. Slide back an forth across the hill by looking and pointing in the direction you want to go.
Once you’re confident controlling speed with your heel and toes, it’s time get you board to go straight down the hill. Find a beginner area to try this where you won’t pick up too much speed. To make you snowboard go straight, start by putting more weight over your front foot, at the time point your front hand and shoulder downhill and you back hand and shoulder uphill. With your board going straight you can take the pressure off your boards edge and let you snowboards run flat.
Next step in learning how to snowboard is turning your board and control your speed. Just like you were practicing with the heel and toe sliding, you boards needs to be across the hill and on edge to control your speed. For the toe turn you need to turn and face the top of the slope, at the same time apply pressure to your toe edge. For the heel turn, turn and face the bottom of the slope, and at the same time put pressure your heel edge to turn your board and control your speed.
So I hope this video will give you some skills for learning how to snowboard and prepare you for your first day of riding. Use the hashtag “firstdayriding” to connect with other people learning how to snowboard and to share photos and videos of your experience. Remember to give this video a thumbs up if it helped you out. If you have any question about learning how to snowboard and these ten beginner snowboarding skills you can leave the in the comment section. Check out the beginner snowboard playlist for more tips! Thanks for watching and I’ll see ya in the next video!
How to Snowboard Turn on Flat & Narrow Runs
Tips for turning a snowboard on flat and narrow runs. Flat and narrow runs can be a challenge, because there’s not much room to turn, you need to keep your speed up to get across them and they can busy with other riders passing you. Try and avoid these runs if you’re a beginner snowboarder, but if you ready to try them I’ve got a few tips to help you ride these runs successfully.
The first tip is to make long and narrow turns. These turns will keep you alternating from your heel edge to your toe edge. It’s much easier to stay balanced on an edge than it is to ride with your board flat. You also have more control over the direction that your board is going. If you ride with your board flat then you have less control and balance, and you could catch an edge. These long and narrow turns will also keep your speed up for getting across the flat parts of the run.
The second tip is if you pick up to much speed, slow yourself down by turning to your heel edge. There’s not a lot of room on narrow run to control your speed. You can control some speed with your long turns, but if you feel yourself picking up to much speed, quickly turn to your heel edge and slow yourself down. I prefer turning to the heels because you can see any obstacles or people that may be in the way. You could also turn to your toe edge if you prefer.
The third tip is to ride with a balanced body position. As you ride make sure your knees are slightly bend, your back is straight and your hands are over your snowboards nose and tail. This balanced body position will keep your weight centered when turning from edge to edge. It will also keep your weight centered for when you turn to control your speed. If your weight is unbalanced or your body gets twisted then you could catch an edge.
One bonus tips is just be aware of other riders on the run. Take your time, make your turns predictable and you’ll avoid the other riders. As always leave your questions and comments below. Check out the beginner snowboard playlist for more beginner tips. Shout out to Recess Skate & Snow for hooking me up with some sick gear! Check out the links below to their Facebook, Instagram and online store. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next video!