Learning how to turn on a snowboard is a total body task. Being able to manipulate a snowboard requires good timing and a mastery of personal muscle control. Because you're constantly attached to a snowboard, learning to turn on a snow board differs from other vehicles. Even skis. You're attached to skis, too, but they aren't attached to each other, giving you slightly more freedom of movement than maneuvering on a snowboard. You could relate turning on a snowboard to turning on a skateboard, but even with skateboards you can eject yourself if you can't handle the impending terrain. With snowboards you're stuck. Turning on a snowboard is just as much about continuing your ride as it is a safety thing.
Things you'll need:
- Snowboarding equpiment
- You're bound. Your feet aren't going anywhere. Once they're positioned, that's it. You wont be able to rely on even the slightest repositioning of your feet to aid in turning your snowboard. You're going to have to look up when it comes to moving that board. All the moving you'll be doing with that board will originate with your torso.
- Get moving. For slight turns you'll need to lean your upper body towards the direction you want to go. You'll also be turning your lead leg (the leg that's in front of the board) towards that direction as well. Obviously, your leg wont be turning too far, but it helps. This turning process is simple to get used to. However, the problem with these types of turns is that they'll be wide turns.
- Sharper turns. Sharper turns require sharper movements. You'll need to twist your torso in the direction you want to go and let your lower body follow. There won't be too much friction because of the snow. Stick your arms out in a balancing position. When you're ready to turn, swing your arms in the direction you want to go. Twist your torso in the same direction simultaneously. Immediately follow with your lower body. It'll take a little time to get used to, but you'll get it.
- Jump turns. With jumping turns, you'll be following the same mechanics for sharp turns. You need to squat slightly and push up off the ground while simultaneously twisting your torso in the direction you want to go. Immediately follow up with turning your lower body just as before. Simple, right? Well, maybe not, but with a little practice you'll get it.