How to snowboard? Basic Techniques for the Advanced snowboarder.

Your friends suck, you rip…

That’s what you’ll be thinking to yourself by the time you learn how these different snowboarding Techniques work!

OK, maybe you won’t?

…but trust me when I say, once you understand how and when to deploy these ninja snowboarding techniques, you will not only blow your friends away, but 90% of snowboard instructors as well!

My favorite technique makes me a master when I’m destroying moguls and bumps, you thought skiers were good?

More on that after…

You’re about to be introduced into the world of high level snowboarding techniques…

Have you ever been riding and pondered the question, I know I’m good but why do I keep washing out on steep bumpy terrain.

You know about flexion and extension, you know about basic stance, you know about being more aggressive and you know about closed turns when snowboarding.


You still suck when shit gets real!

‘Yep’, see it all the time!

Just when you’re thinking I’ve got this down…’BOOM’ down you go.

There is a reason why this might be happening.

  1.  Body alignment
  2.  Wrong choice of turning style (What are you talking about?)
  3.  Incorrect pressure application

Today, I am going to talk to you about your snowboard turning technique and where would be the best place to use them.

phases of the snowboard turn

Up UN-Weighting turns

Up UN-weighted turns are turns where you extend to release edge pressure at the initiation of the turn.

The rider is at their most extended as the edge change occurs.

While this turn type is used to introduce turning to first time snowboarders, it can also produce and manage large amounts of pressure at high speeds.

Up UN-weighted turns also place the ‘center of mass’ (COM) low and stable at the control and completion phase of the turn. For these reasons up UN-weighted turns are commonly used for large high speed turns on-piste and in GS racing.

Down UN-weighted turns

This is where the center of mass is lowered towards the board to aid un-weighting. Like the up un-weighted turn, the down un-weighted turn has very controlled smooth movements.

However, in a down un-weighted turn the rider is lower and stable at the initiation phase of the turn.

This is often used to make the first turn in steeper terrain from a standing start or through rough terrain that threatens the rider’s balance at initiation.

how to snowboard down black diamond trails

Retraction Turns

Similar to the down un-weighted you are flexed at edge change but with retraction turns the board is physically retracted towards the Center of mass, by pulling the legs in.

This turn provides a very quick and stable initiation and edge change; it is useful for small closed turns, riding powder, bumps, carved turns, moguls etc.

Terrain UN-weighted turns

This is where the legs are softened as terrain features are ridden (e.g. a bump), causing the legs to flex or extend under the COM.

This un-weights the board and enables the edge change to take place. It is important to note that terrain un-weighting can place the rider either flexed or extended at edge change. If terrain is dropping away at initiation the rider will be extended at edge change and need to flex through the control phase.

However, if the terrain is rising at the edge change then you can use the terrain to be flexed at edge change and then extend through the control phase.

Terrain un-weighted turns are used most commonly in the bumps but also necessary when managing any changing terrain to maintain flow down the slope.

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