Dynamic turns on a snowboard

So what exactly are Dynamic turns on a snowboard?

What’s the difference between standard up UN weighted turns and dynamic turns?

Dynamic turns on a snowboard are highly advanced snowboard style that applies and releases pressure to and from your snowboard.

Depending on the type of terrain and conditions, your turning technique should  change to the most efficient style of snowboarding.

For example:

Riding down green, blue and black trails you can get away with using the normal flexion and extension up UN weighted turns.

However…

When Riding a Super steep off piste bumpy terrain, a more effective technique for getting your snowboard through the turn is effective.

Down UN weighted turns

Up UN weighted turns

Dynamic turns on a snowboard

Another example of where you would use a different technique of turning style is moguls!

Yep Moguls.

Although skiers create these ugly looking things, snowboarders can actually learn to ride them just as efficiently.

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A lot of snowboarders think it’s best to turn in between the moguls but in reality, if you know how to perform down UN weighted or Terrain UN weighted Dynamic turns, you can use this style to turn on top of the moguls.

By being able to understand and perform these skills well, Moguls can be a true test of how far you've come in the snowboarding progression.

If you really want to challenge yourself I recommend trying to ride moguls switch and fast using nothing but dynamic turn styles.

It’s gets pretty scary but heaps of fun!

So basically, Dynamic turn styles on the snowboard will enable you to ride any type of terrain in any type of conditions!

By mastering these skills, you truly are in the top 1% of snowboarders on the mountain (In a technical sense)

In this post I am going to give you a rundown on what the types of Dynamics turns are and what they do.

More importantly, where you should be using them…

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Types of Dynamic Snowboard Turns:

- Down UN weighted turns

- Retraction Turns

- Terrain UN weighted Turns

Let’s begin...

Down UN weighted Turns:

This is when the body moves down towards the snowboard to release pressure at the initiation of the turn.

This movement allows you to be at your most flexed during the edge change. This can help balance in rough terrain, provide a faster edge change and build edge pressure earlier in the turn.

Being able to do this type of dynamic turns is extremely handy for riding bumpy steep terrain.

I still use this type of turn every day in my riding style, especially when I venture off piste.

Retraction Turns:

This is when the snowboard is retracted back towards the body to release pressure at the initiation of the turn.

Similar to down un-weighted turns, retraction turns put the rider in their most flexed position at the edge change. This can help balance in rough terrain and will allow a faster initiation.

This type of turn style is perfect for riding moguls and extremely bumpy terrain. If you decide to ride moguls using this style, make sure you are turning at the top of the mogul.

Terrain UN Weighted turns:

Here the terrain is used to un-weight the snowboard. This could be the terrain pushing up against the board, creating a flexed edge change, or the terrain dropping away from the board to create an extended edge change.

Terrain un-weighting allows us to perform down un-weighted or retraction movements in more undulating and uneven terrain.

This type of turn style is great for rollovers, boarder cross tracks and moguls.

So that pretty much wraps up the different dynamic turn styles.

As you can see, advanced snowboarding can get quite technical and it takes a lot of time on the board to truly master these skills.

Once you do master them, a whole new world of snowboarding will come into play for you! Being able to have the confidence to go back country and absolutely destroy whatever situation you find yourself in is a very rewarding and satisfying moment in time.

To tell you the truth, Snowboarding becomes very easy so you naturally start looking for more advanced tactics to challenge yourself like the park, pipe, rails, back country etc…

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Logan is the founder of Online Snowboard coach and has been coaching people how to snowboard for over 12 years...

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