Carving On A Snowboard

Carving is a critical part of your skill set when it comes to high end advanced snowboarding…

Without learning how to carve properly, your snowboarding will be average at best and by learning how to carve, you are essentially learning about correct pressure control and body fluidity on the snowboard.

I see a lot of people performing carving demos on YouTube but most of the time, it is pretty obvious that the people teaching the demos do NOT understand the full progression of how to bring someone up to the level a competent snowboarder.

Today we are going to address this issue of the Carve progression.

The steps look like this:

1) Edged Traverse

2) Edged Arcs

3) Edges C-Turns

4) Linking Edged Turns

5) Developing Edged Turns

If you don’t understand or miss any of these critical steps, You will NOT Get the board response you want!

Real Carving takes time to develop…

So a lot of the questions I get asked all the time about carving are:

Am I Carving?

I can’t hold the edge and my board doesn’t make a smooth skinny line in the snow!

I keep falling at edge change?

Truth is, carving is NOT that hard as long as you practice all the steps I am going to outline today. You cannot rush the progression and expect to see good results, take the time to discipline yourself and master each step before moving on.

NOTE: Want to learn how to stay balance and controlled when carving on a snowboard? Simply download this CARVING snowboarder roadmap to learn all aspects of learning how to carve. Learn what bad habits snowboarders make so you can AVOID them to progress faster and maintain balance and control easier…check it out now!

STEP ONE:

Edged Traverse

This is where we start to learn about how to hold an edge without having your snowboard edge skidding down the hill.

To do this start by traversing across the hill on a wide open slope. As you are progressing across the hill, I then want you to slowly start using flexion techniques and flex down into the snowboard using your feet, knees and hips.

At the same time, have even weight on both feet and let the snowboard camber and the side cut slowly steer your snowboard back up the hill coming to a natural stop.

Roll over and practice this going back in the opposite direction.

It is extremely important that you do not lean into the turn and keep your COM (Centre of Mass) over the snowboard.

STEP TWO:

Edged Arcs

At this stage of the progression, you should know understand how to apply pressure and timing to create a small carve using the side cut of your snowboard.

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carving basic snowboard stance

We now move onto getting use to steering our snowboard into the fall line while holding a edge.

Start by steering your snowboard back across the hill as usual, this time tho, we are going to be adding some deeper arcs into the traverse.

So, we will start off with mellow arcs across the hill, eventually leading into deeper arcs…

During this stage you will be getting use to more speed and greater pressure control, remember, timing with your flexion and extension?

1, 2, 3 up 1, 2, 3 down

For the purpose of this exercise we will only be flexing down into the snowboard edge!
You must remember to keep your COM over the snowboard and NOT break at the waist or lean into the snow to create the edge angle.

STEP THREE:

Edges C-Turns

Remember when I got you to practice using your snowboard side cut to steer your board back up the hill?

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Well, this time it’s all about to get extremely real!

So far we have talked about using the side cut and flexion on our snowboard to help create edge angle.

We have also talked about steering our snowboard into the fall line more progressively to introduce speed and better pressure control.

Now we are going to complete a c-turn using what we have learnt so far.

Start by doing an edged traverse across the hill, this time I want you to Change onto the new edge before you bring your snowboard down into the fall line.

Once you have changed onto the new edge,  start looking and pointing into the new turn and hold the edge through the fall line, all at the same time flexing down into the new edge using our timing techniques we discussed in the Intermediate EP.

Make sure you take this slow and don’t force the turn.

Keep your basic stance centered over the board and make sure your timing is good to help create and hold the carving edge…

This should be a smooth carve line through the snow, NOT a skidded turn!

STEP FOUR:

Linking edged turns

TIMIMG DIAGRAM

Before you try and linked carve turns, make sure you have c turns down and can hold a edge right throughout the complete turn!

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Keep your COM over the board and don’t lean into the turn, use your technique to bring the snowboard around into the fall line.

Remember to use timing in your flexion and extension…1, 2, 3 up and 1, 2 ,3 down.

Once you have completed a c-turn, keep your momentum up and change onto the new edge before you go back into the next turn.

Practice this technique on big, wide open slopes so you’re not forcing the turn. If you find yourself falling when changing edges, check to see that your high back are not too far forward.

STEP FIVE:

Developed Edge

Now it’s time start exploring your carve using some different techniques to improve your range of movement.

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This time when you are making a turn, try and hold onto your Edge that is not in the snow. Really focus on being relaxed, good pressure control and keep exploring your complete range of movements.

Also, start using different turn shapes and sizes to help with your development of the carving progression.

Final Thoughts:

Carving is a great skill set to have in your bag of tricks, take time to master the timing, and edge control becomes a lot easier.

Learn to change edges before the fall line and soon you will have complete control through the entire turn.

Make sure you keep your COM over the board and don’t force anything...

Relax and enjoy learning a new skill. Sign up for the complete carving course below:

NOTE: Want to learn how to stay balance and controlled when carving on a snowboard? Simply download this CARVING snowboarder roadmap to learn all aspects of learning how to carve. Learn what bad habits snowboarders make so you can AVOID them to progress faster and maintain balance and control easier…check it out now!

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Logan
Logan

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

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