One of the biggest problems that many beginners have is that they let the snowboard control them instead of using their whole body to turn the snowboard.
This means they struggle with getting powerful, quick and precise turns.
So here’s an exercise to fix that.
The Pointing Exercise
First, let’s cover why this exercise helps us get more powerful, precise turns.
What this exercise is doing:
What happens with many new snowboarders is that their upper body gets left behind as they try to turn with just their knees and legs.
They may already be using a little bit of their upper body, but more often than not, they end up twisted and misaligned and as a result they have their lower body turning one direction while their upper body is dragging behind and not completely turning in the same direction.
This ultimate means they end up without any power in their turns and they struggle with quicker, sharper turning.
How to do this exercise:
Step 1) Are you regular or goofy?
If you’re regular stance, take your left hand and finger and point it the same direction as your snowboard’s nose.
If you’re goofy stance, do the same, but with your right hand and finger instead of your left hand.
Using my amazing illustration skills, this is what it should look like:
Step 2) Pretend your upper body is one piece and your arm is frozen in place
Okay, now you’re pointing forward wondering where this is going, but wait there’s one more thing. Your upper body is now frozen, meaning your arm is stuck in that pointing position and you are NOT allowed to move your pointing hand and arm separately from your body.
For example, if you want to point at your friend Angus who’s standing to your right, your ENTIRE upper body has to twist right to point at him.
No cheating and moving just your arm or hand. Remember, your whole upper body is frozen and one solid piece.
Step 3) Point where you want to turn
So now ride down the ski run and your goal is to point where you want to turn. So if you’re making a turn towards your right, you’ll need to look right, twist your upper body and point right and follow through with your hips and knees to make the turn.
Likewise, if you want to turn left, twist your whole body and point your arm left then follow through with your hips and knees to make the turn.
What we’re doing here is using our upper body to lead your lower body and combining them both to drive your snowboard into that turn.
That’s it. Doing these steps forces you to always use your upper body when you turn and results in sharper, more precise and powerful turns.