Nowadays, we can learn how to snowboard in so many ways and it is all helpful.
There is nothing right or wrong but it’s about how you can find the right one that works for you.
You may learn by watching the video, or by just doing or thinking.
This time, I would like to introduce you how to turn on snowboard easily with my perspective.
Again, there is nothing right or wrong but I hope it will help and give you more idea.
First, check if you are already able to stop or control speed while sliding down the slope (toe/heel side both) which is called as side slipping.
If you can go side to side (zig zag, falling leaf) while sliding the hill just on one edge (heel or toe) it’ll be the great advantage.
Now, let's start to talk about how to turn while sliding down the hill on the snowboard.
Please make sure in advance which stance you are. (Regular or Goofy).
Here I introduce three tips for you.
Hope you can find the one that works best for your improvement.
1. Steering the bicycle handle bar
Please visualize if you are riding the bike.
The bike has two wheels on front and rear.
As everyone knows if you want to turn while riding the bike, you steer the handle bar right or left so that you can turn.
The handle bar connects to front wheel which helps you to guide into the direction where you want to go.
How about rear wheel?
Yes, it just follows the front wheel’s path way!
We can apply the exact same idea for snowboarding, right?
While standing on the snowboard, we have front foot and back foot (regular: left foot forward, goofy: right foot forward).
So just as steering the bike you can steer your front foot right or left to execute a turn and to change the direction.
At this point, we don't have to think about using back foot, but focus more on using your front foot as bicycle handle bar to make turns.
But you can focus on using back foot to make better turns after when you’ve reached the intermediate level.
2. Using “Front Foot” as a Pedal
Choose a nice and quiet gentle beginner terrain so that we don't have to worry about the speed and colliding with others.
With only your front foot strapped in, go down straight the hill just as when getting off the chairlift. Make sure your feet are flat and pick up gentle speed while sliding down the hill.
Visualize yourself having a pedal under your front feet that allows you to turn on the Switch to execute a turn.
If you want to turn towards the toe side where your chest is facing, push the pedal down only with your front toe.
If you want to go heel side where your back is facing, you can apply the exact same idea as pushing the pedal down only with your front heel.
Then, your board will start turning around!
As I mentioned, this skill will be used after getting off the chair lift to stop or to change the direction.
You can't use your back foot obviously to make a turn here as you’ve already noticed that your back foot is off from the rear binding, right?
Here we can review simple key points again for you to initiate a turn.
3. Going across the hill (Traverse)
Once you feel comfortable with turning from sliding straight down the hill, you are almost able to make a turn.
In other words, now you can make the bottom half of a turn and will learn the top half of a turn here.
Let’s start with standing on the hill over the toe or the heel edge whichever easy for you (facing uphill=toe side, facing downhill=heel side).
Then you can go across the hill (Traverse) but towards your front leg.
When you pick up comfortable speed, then push your front toe or heel towards the downhill gradually, your board starts pointing the downhill.
Try to be patient, but also do not hesitate to keep pushing your heel or toe edge until your board has aligned to the downhill.
Keep pushing down your toe or heel after your board has aligned to the downhill so your board will turn more just as bottom half of a turn that you have learned in advance.
So now the frond tip of your board will point the other side of the hill which means you made a turn!
This is a quite simple idea.
Keep your back foot stable and relaxed on the board, but do not have to think about it.
Just try to focus on using your front foot as a pedal so that front foot will help to steer the board and back foot will follow your front foot.
You might ask “when do we use back foot? “
Answer is when you want to stop where you need to use both your feet together!
But it is still the one of the idea but I hope it will help to improve your riding.
See you on the hill!