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.

How to Snowboard Turn on Flat & Narrow Runs

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!