When it comes to controlling speed while riding the slopes, even Intermediate snowboarders struggle with this skill.
So don’t feel bad if you have to practice a bit before being comfortable with controlling your speed.
When I ask my students how to control their speed, their typical answer is “skidding” the board.
This is not wrong but we can be more specific.
Ok, let’s think about it together.
＜Easy Ways to Check your Stance＞
For those who want make things simple, here are tips on how to stand over the board.
This position is seen from the Toe or Heel.
Check your Triangle that made by your head and feet.
So you will be in a stable balance with your head above the center of the board.
Watch any how to videos with these 5 rules!
This tutorial shows you how to manage your practicing by having a coach in mind.
Tips in this video might not telling you how to do a trick specifically, but you will be noticed that they helps you more than typical trick tips later.
So you can learn tricks faster and more reliably with these 5 rules.
Now I’ll let you in on some secrets straight from a coach’s brain
3. Minimize Your Upper Body Rotation
Since you ride sideways in snowboarding, it's only natural to think that your body is facing sideways when on the slopes right?
Ordinarily however, humans face forward, living their day to day lives.
Since facing forward is human's natural posture, most snowboarders face forward without thinking about it when on the slopes.
Since humans live their lives facing forward, it is optimal for our bones, muscles, etc. to face the front when moving.
Because of this, a posture in which the whole body faces forward makes it easy for us to maintain balance and be able to use muscle effectively.
2. Bend Your Ankles
When we talk about standing position, we know that the center of the board is where we should be.
However how do you check your position?
There are 4 ways to check your standing position.
1. Nose to Tail balance
2. Toe to Heel balance
3. Rotational balance
4. Vertical balance
1. Weight On The Back Leg
Before we start let me ask you a question, where do you think is the best place to stand over your snowboard while riding?
The center of the snowboard would be the typical answer to this question, and I would agree with this answer sometimes BUT!
Did you know that this only works best in certain terrain and snow conditions?
For example, when riding on groomed terrain with not much speed,
keeping your weight in the center of the board is certainly the best, but please watch this video carefully… are they really standing over the center of the board?
We have learned how to ride steep terrain with using your eye sight and upper body so far.
This time we will learn how to use our lower body to make turns on steep terrain.
This skill might be challenging for some of you since it will require you to have stronger balance while turning.
Ok, now let's begin!
3. Lower Body
With the last article we have learned rotating our "Line of Sight" to initiate turns on steep terrain.
For people who solved your issue with the last article, congratulations!
For people who still have an issue to initiate turns on steep terrain, here is next tip for you.
Now let's begin!
2. Upper Body
Last time with my post on this blog, we focused on the standing position to ride steep terrain.
That skill is the most important to ride steep terrain but that is not enough yet.
Here we can learn next skill to make your turns easy on steeps.
While coaching students riding steep terrain, I see many students who is riding with good standing position over the board but they can’t control speed and turn shapes sometimes.
There might be another reason but you can first focus on Rotational movement while turning on steeps.
Can you keep turning comfortably on Speeps, Bumps, Powder and so on?
For most people who is feeling uncomfortable while turning on those slopes, they should focus their toe side turns.