Today’s reader question:
What would you say is the biggest difference between a beginner snowboarder’s turning and an advanced rider? And how can I get to that advanced level with my turns?
I’d say the biggest difference is the lack of power and push when a beginner snowboarder turns.
A beginner snowboarder turns their snowboard in the direction they want to go, then waits for their snowboard to grip the snow and turn. There’s a gap between the time they turn and the time their snowboard actually grips in and turns where they want to go.
An advanced snowboarder turns their snowboard in the direction they want to go, then forces their snowboard to make that turn right away. They don’t wait for their board to react, rather they’re pushing their snowboard into each turn.
How to take your turns from beginner to advanced
It comes down to following through and using your whole body (especially your knees) to force that snowboard to do what you tell it to do.
So instead of just turning and waiting for the snowboard’s edge to grip while you slide, you want to turn your snowboard, then power through into that turn by using your knees, hips and body.
Be proactive with your turns instead of just turning and waiting for something to happen. As soon as you turn, start to push those knees towards the direction of the turn to help your snowboard grip in and turn earlier, then follow through with your whole body.
It takes time and you WILL have to focus on being active and using your knees and body to help power your turning, but once you make that switch and make it a habit, your turns become sharper, faster and more dynamic.
Don’t be the passenger on a snowboard ride. Be the driver.