Shred Tips: Make Better Snowboard Turns
Posted February 8, 2013
Much of this is common sense, but there are some techniques involved in getting the most out of your snowboarding. It begins and ends with the turn, and in snowboarding you turn one of two ways – either heelside or toeside. The difference between the two is explained like this: your heelside is similar to the heel of your palm – powerful, but not necessarily the most nimble. The toeside turn is more dexterous, like your fingers, and can make more “precise” turns than heelside.
It’s one thing to scrape your way down the hill, but executing - carving - both turns correctly takes some practice and attention to form and body positioning. With a toeside turn, you want to initiate the turn by shifting weight onto your front foot, onto the toes and ball of your foot. As you reach the apex of the turn, your weight should be centered over both feet, knees and waist bent, creating an athletic powerful stance. At this moment the board is up on edge, engaged in a carve.
As you start to transition to a heelside turn, your weight shifts towards the back foot and over the tail of the board. Stay in a similar, balanced stance, keep your head and shoulders pointed down the fall line, and use your ankles to transition to your heel edge. You can stand a little taller during the transition before engaging the heel edge. Keep your weight a slightly forward, and then balance your weight between your front and back feet as you reach the apex of the turn. Spread your knees outward just a bit to create a powerful stance, complete the turn, shift your weight slightly onto your back foot and the tail, and then transition back to your toeside edge.
Bam. Now you’re snowboarding.