How to Turn While Snowboarding

How to Turn While Snowboarding
Turning is one of the fundamentals of snowboarding. Once you get a basic turn down, you'll be able to work on tightening it into a carve that you can use to ride down any slope. While learning to turn can be perplexing to a beginner, it is all about practice and technique. Here are the basics.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Getting Started

Step 1
Get in your stance. Your knees should be bent slightly, arms to your side. Plant more weight on your front foot, leaving your back foot looser to guide you through turns.
Step 2
Begin to ride down the slope--you're not going to perform a turn by standing still.
Step 3
Lean into your toe side with your ankles. This will put pressure onto your front edge and the more you lean, the more the board will turn. You'll feel your momentum shifting toward the front of the board and you'll begin moving in this direction. If you lean hard enough, you will bring the board around so that it is perpendicular to the slope in a stop formation.
Step 4
Follow through with your hips. Let your feet initiate the turn but turn the rear of your hips to make a sharper, quicker turn if needed.
Step 5
Lean into your heel side edge with your calves. Your toes should lift up slightly and all the pressure will transfer onto your back edge and you'll begin moving in the direction of the heel side of the board. Again use turn from your rear hips to turn more quickly.
Step 6
Practice, practice, practice. Turning will likely be difficult at first and you may fall when trying to transition onto an edge. Don't get discouraged, everyone needs practice to get better. Practice making controlled turns and stop as needed. As you progress, add some speed and tighten your turns. Eventually, you'll want to link turns so that you can transition from heel side to toe side and back again all the way down the mountain.

Falling Leaf

Step 1
Get back to the basics. If it is your very first time or you're having trouble performing a turn without falling, try practicing the basic technique of "falling leaf."
Step 2
Begin on the most comfortable edge, keeping it perpendicular to the slope in stopped formation. Now transfer some of your weight onto your front foot. At this point, you'll begin to slowly turn the board and move in the direction of your front foot.
Step 3
Transfer some weight to your back foot now. You'll feel the direction of the board change and you'll begin moving in the direction of your back foot. Continue this all the way down the slope. What you are doing is a controlled, rudimentary turn.
Step 4
Practice the falling leaf on both heel and toe side edges and as you get more comfortable, practice angling the board more down the face of the slope.

Tips & Warnings

 
Turning is all about edges. Though it may seem like you could turn quicker by initiating with your hips or legs, basic turning is really performed by applying pressure to the edges with the ankles and calves. Nothing can replace a lesson. Consider taking a lesson your first time to get hands-on training.
 
Turning is all about edges. Though it may seem like you could turn quicker by initiating with your hips or legs, basic turning is really performed by applying pressure to the edges with the ankles and calves.
 
Nothing can replace a lesson. Consider taking a lesson your first time to get hands-on training.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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