Snowboard Technique

Snowboard Technique
Technique effects every aspect of snowboarding. Fundamental technique begins the moment you step on your board and it extends into the park, groomed trails, moguls and back country riding. Once you have mastered the basic techniques necessary for each area of the mountain, you can start to develop your own style and take ownership of your riding.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Improve Your Technique

Things You’ll Need:
  • Snowboard
  • Snowboard
Step 1
Check your bindings each time you ride and set them appropriately, depending on your intended activity. For the snowboard park and all mountain riding, you want a middle-mounted, duck-footed stance. If you plan on a lot of switch riding, deepen the duck-footed stance by setting your back bind to a higher negative. For back country riding, mount your bindings back on your board to facilitate floating over deep powder snow.
Step 2
Perfect your technique for regular stance by getting comfortable with your balance on the board. Envision four points of contact between you and the snow: one beneath each heel and one in the center of the pad of each foot. Shift between these points of contact to carve turns.
Step 3
Ride switch like a pro by concentrating on your body position. Move your shoulders and torso in the direction you want to turn before you move your feet. This ensures that your board stays balanced under your body.
Step 4
Master technique on moguls with this little secret: always look three moves ahead on bump runs. This guarantees you navigate a path suited to your skill level. Keep your knees bent deeply to absorb added impact from moguls and forcefully use your back foot to steer your board around tight corners.
Step 5
Commit wholeheartedly to obstacles such as park jumps, rails and cliffs. Square up to the obstacle, hit with appropriate speed and keep your body stance loose and comfortable. Tensing up throws riders off balance and breeds falls.

Tips & Warnings

 
Keep your edges sharpened and your board waxed and well maintained for ultimate performance. Practice edge control with heelside and toeside sideslipping exercises.
 
Keep your edges sharpened and your board waxed and well maintained for ultimate performance.
 
Practice edge control with heelside and toeside sideslipping exercises.
 
Always wear a helmet when you're snowboarding. Always carry an avalanche beacon in the backcountry.
 
Always wear a helmet when you're snowboarding.
 
Always carry an avalanche beacon in the backcountry.

Article Written By Caroline Schley

Based in New York City, Caroline Schley has been writing articles on fitness, social interaction and politics since 2008. Her articles have appeared in "The Tahoe Weekly," "Second Line News" and websites, including Eatthestate.org. Schley graduated from CU Boulder in 2005 with a degree in environmental science.

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