10 Tips to Improve Intermediate Snowboard Turns
In this video I’ve got ten tips for improving your intermediate snowboard turns. With these tips you’ll be able to ride more aggressively and with more confidence on steep terrain. When I watch someone ride I always start from the bottom and work my way to the top, so I’ll give you these tips in the same order.
For more advanced riding you want to use your ankles to get your board on edge early in the turn. With your board on edge you can spray snow to control your speed and steer quickly into the next turn. In this clip I’m putting my board on edge enough, so you can clearly see the graphic on the base of my board.
Using your knees is very important for advanced riding in many ways.
Use your knees to alternate pressure on your board throughout the turn. Pressure front foot to start the turn and take pressure off your back foot to bring your tail around. As you go through the turn pressure your back foot more to spray snow and control your speed.
You also use your knees to aggressively steer your board. Your board will steer the direction you point your knees. Turn your knees in for the toe turn and turn your knees out for the heel turn. I find it easier to use my knees to steer with a narrower stance.
You finally use your knees to absorb any pressure that builds on your board. Bending your knees more as you go around a turn, and standing up taller when you change edges.
Use your hips to keep your weight centered over your board. On your toe turn, push your hips forward with your back straight to keep your weight centered. On your heel turn bend at your hips like you’re sitting in a chair. If you kept your body straight on your heel turn there would be too much weight over your heel edge and your board would slide out.
Engage your core as you ride to make your upper and lower body work together. You steer your board with both your upper and lower body, so keep your core stiff so these two parts work together.
Anticipate each turn with your front arm and shoulder. As you come to the end of your heel turn start to anticipate the toe turn by first moving your arm and shoulder toward your toe edge. By anticipating the turn with your upper body first, you’re lower body will naturally follow.
Your back hand also helps to steer your board and keep you balanced. On your toe turn, keep your hand back over the tail of your snowboard. This will help you steer faster on steeper runs, and will keep your body square to your board.
Count in your head to 3 as you ride to keep your turns even and coordinate each movement in your turns. For bigger turns on mellow terrain count slower and for smaller turns on steep terrain counter faster. Once you create a rhythm in your turns you can stop counting.
Look two or three turns ahead so you know what to expect as you ride. Based on the terrain ahead you can adjust the speed and size of your turns. If you can spot a bump in the snow you can plan to avoid it, or use your knees to ride over it.
Good luck using these 10 tips in your riding! If you want any feedback on your turns, connect with me on Instagram and tag me in a 15 second Instagram video of you riding, with the hashtag #mysnowboardturns. Give this video a thumbs up if you found it helpful. Check out the freeride playlist for more tips. Thanks for watching and I’ll see ya in the next video!
3 Skills to Improve Beginner Snowboard Turns
In this video I’m going to give you three skills which will take your beginner snowboard turns to the next level. These skills will allow you to ride with more speed, stay in better control and ride with more a rhythm.
The first skill is to start spaying snow out the side of each turn. Spraying snow will help you to control yours speed early in the turn. When you’re a beginner you turn your board completely sideways and spray snow downhill at the end of the turn. To spray snow out the side get your board on edge early, and put pressure on your edge to spay the snow. Each time you spray snow out the side you’ll be controlling your speed and your board will stay pointed downhill.
The second skill is to steer your board faster. This will allow you to make smaller turns, which you need on more advanced runs. When your a beginner you steer your board gradually, which is only good on easy runs. To steer your board faster use your front knee. Turn your knee in for your toe turn, and turn your knee out for the heel turn. Your back hand also helps to steer your board. For the heel turn your back hand comes forward, and on your toe turn pull your hand backward, keeping your hand over snowboards tail. *In all my years of teaching I find that pulling your hand back is one of the most useful tools for steering at all levels. Using your back hand to steer will also keep your upper body square to your snowboard, which is the best way to stay balanced over your board.
The third skill is to create a rhythm in your turns. This will ensure that you’re controlling your speed equally on your heels and toes. When you’re just beginning your turns are very stop and start and it’s hard to create any type of rhythm. The easiest way I find to create a rhythm is to simply count to three in your head as you turn. By counting to three you’ll know when to start, finish and set up the next turn. After counting in your head for a few runs, your turns will be even and you won’t need to count anymore.
So good luck adding these three skills into your riding! If you have any question feel free to leave them in the comment section. If you want any feedback on your turns you can connect with me on Instagram and tag me in a 15 second Instagram video of you turning with the #mysnowboardturns. Give this video a thumbs up if you found it helpful. Thanks as always for watching and I’ll see ya in the next video!
Beginner Snowboard Turns – Tutorial Video
In this beginner tutorial video I’ll show you how to do beginner snowboard turns. Turning controls your speed, and uses both edges of your snowboard. Before trying to turn be sure you have watched the previous videos in this series. They will give you the skills you need to turn your snowboard successfully. First try turning your snowboard on a very easy beginner slope. You can even get a friend to give you a hand for the first few turns.
There are three parts to beginner snowboard turns. The first part is letting your board go straight and flat down the hill, the second is turning your body in the direction you want your board to turn. The third is pressuring the edge of your snowboard to complete the turn and control your speed.
First let’s try a turn from your toe edge to heel edge. Let your snowboard go straight and flat down the slope. To do this put a bit more weight on your front foot and point and look straight down the hill.
Now that your boards going straight it’s time to turn your board onto the heel edge. To do this, turn and face your body to the bottom of the hill, your snowboard will follow the way your body turns.
As you turn your body pressure your heels to get your snowboard onto the heel edge. Slow yourself down on your heels and get ready for the next turn.
Now let’s try a beginner snowboard turn from your heels onto your toes.Let your snowboard go straight again by putting more weight on your front foot and pointing you hand and looking straight down the hill. Turn your body to face the top of the slope, your snowboard will follow the way your body turns. As you turn your body pressure you toes to get your board onto the toe edge and control your speed to set yourself up for the next turn.
Practice beginner snowboard turns with focus on the three parts that complete the turn, letting you board go straight, turning your body and pressuring your new edge. If you still have trouble turning try going back and practice sliding on your edges. Snowboarding is about having fun, so learn at a pace you are comfortable with.