1) Most snowboarders struggle with turning for 1 big reason
When I look at most snowboarders, their big problem is alignment. Their body isn’t lined up to make the turn properly and they aren’t using their whole body to execute and power through each turn.
It’s the cause of a huge majority of turning issues and it’s the reason most snowboarders struggle with getting quick and powerful turns during those beginner to intermediate stages of snowboarding.
When half your body is turning one way, and the other half is turning the other way, you’re basically fighting against your own turn, so that’s why you need to get your alignment and body movement correct when snowboarding.
2) Top down or bottom up
Whichever method you use to turn, you should be turning in sync with the rest of your body. This means either turning from the bottom up or from the top down.
So if you were doing top down alignment when turning it would be:
- Head looks where you want to go
- Shoulders and body turn
- Hips turn
- Knees turn
- Ankles and feet turn
It’s all about working in unison to get everything moving together in the right direction.
3) The time between each movement is also important
One more thing about alignment is it’s not just about moving everything in one direction, but it’s also about moving everything quickly in unison, one after another.
This means you shouldn’t have massive gaps between each step. You don’t want your shoulders to turn, then your hips and knees to follow 3 seconds later. Instead you want your shoulders to turn, immediately followed by your hips and knees and ankles.
You want your body movements to flow together quickly and in rapid succession. That’s how you execute those quick and powerful turns that allow you to hit tight, expert runs like gladed terrain where you have to make short and quick turns in between each tree.