1 Quick Exercise For More Precise & Powerful Snowboard Turns

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:

Pointing Exercise Example 1

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.

Happy boarding!

– Jed

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  1. Tony Chow says:

    Hi Jed,

    Just to say a BIG thank you for this invaluable advice (and others which I literally read them all) as I tried it right after my first day snowboard lesson and it’s like instantly fixed my turns magically – both heel-to-toe and toe-to-heel. My instructor told me to add one more thing (when he saw me next day and surprised of my progress) – with the other hand, palm down, 70~90 degrees to the pointing hand to keep better body balance and lower gravity. I’m going to start trying the twist the discs and weigh-lifting drills in my next ride. Thanks a million man – you are a star with great heart of sharing your knowledge and experience! Keep it going!!!


    • Awesome Tony, that’s great to hear! Thanks for the kind words, glad you’re liking the blog.

      Keep up the awesome work!

  2. Tony Chow says:

    O my bad – should be “up-unweighting” haha – been lifting weights too often these days 🙂 – Tony –

  3. Sarah how leran about snowboarding. Turn on boarding snowboarding no fall down

  4. I’ll try this next time! You nailed my problem perfectly. My upper body is doing one thing while my lower body is doing something else.

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