– link turns you're going to want to start in a good balanced stance and learn to use your legs to release your edge into the fall line so that you're in a good comfortable stance as you steer your board onto its new edge to release the board into a new turn drive towards the nose of the board while flattening the front foot to the snow this is done by shifting the body's center of mass over the front foot and by flexing the front ankle to release the edge by moving towards the nose of the board you are in a better position to steer the board and set up to balance as you head down the hill the hips can also be rotated to help flatten out the front of the board with the new turn started be patient as your board comes into the fall line slowly start engaging the new edge as the new edge is slowly engaged use your legs to shape the turn to steer the board all the way across the hill as you move off your toes and onto your heels make sure to drive forward into the turn by flexing the front ankle and slowly guide the board down the hill the heel edge should be engaged by slightly tipping into the new turn as the toes are lifted away from the snow as you move into your toe turn be sure to focus around the shape of the turn the toe edge is engaged by flexing the ankles while pushing the hips into the turn steer the board by scissoring the legs to bring the board across the hill if you focus straight downhill you'll be likely to catch your toe edge and fall into the new turn rather than staying balanced and steering it around you should be exiting one turn and therefore starting a new turn by passing through your good athletic snowboard stance with your head up looking in the path of the new turn keep your body upright and over the board your hips in a neutral position anticipating the next turns ankles and knees should be flexed equally on both legs find terrain that's within your ability level be patient and start to enjoy the sensation of your board sliding down the hill my name is Doug coming to you from Sierra snowboard calm

Snowboard Basics: Linking Turns
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48 thoughts on “Snowboard Basics: Linking Turns

  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    I’m watching these videos again because I’m learning to ride switch 😭😭😭

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    Once took a snowboard trip with someone that needed this video.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    No. Head should always lead. If your feet are leading the turn you are well out of wack. Look to where you want to go. Head turns first, followed by shoulders, hips knees and feet. Never feet to head. You will wipe out.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    Ok so I can handle the speed of going straight and engaging heel side turns no problem. My only issue is engaging a toe turn, its like I tell myself to start the turn but my feet don't cooperate so I kind of end up doing the "Falling leaf". Ive only went once and picked it up pretty quickly I just need practice on the toe side turns, any advice?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    That's what want to look like:)I keep watching over and over again your video till it's stick's into my mind :)The fear is the biggest problem. I'm afraid to turn from feet to those when opening too much the turn. Always pushing the body back and falling. If go too "straight" down, still afraid, because the speed is more.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    hi i am a newbie and i wold appreciate any help and tips, I have problems when turning while gaining speed, what should I do? thanks for any help

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    I tried today and kept falling down as I applied pressure on heel and toe edges? Problem? O_O

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    Hey, sweet video! I just recently got my channel started up, with an edit so if you get  chance check it out!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    When you say "scissoring the legs" do you mean like squeezing your legs together?  Like bringing your knees together?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    I noticed when I was learning I didn't flex the hips much because when your doing toe and heel leaf practice I tended to get locked up like I was in a body cast only moving my ankles. An instructor saw me and had me on flat ground we did some hip flexing and that is what worked you have to loosen up and flex those hips when your turning. That is the key getting the hips to move in that C shape. You flex the hips to the front of the board as you release the edge the board points down hill and the hips continue to the other side riding the other edge like the video is showing. Then as the other edge comes in you flex back little and both legs are even pressure again as you round out the C shape. 

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    turn your upper body in the direction you want to go. 

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    @anoverdoseofawesome, This might sound obvious, but experiment. Try changing your stance, the width, the angles, etc.. Also try renting a range of different style of board, stiff, soft, shorter, longer, rockered, cambered, reverse. At the very minimum, this experimentation will keep you engaged and interested while you are falling! But you never know, you may actually find that your beginning riding style, how your brain/balance works, were not suited to the equipment you were first starting with. Later, you will be able to do the basics on whatever kind of board, but in the beginning you may need something specific till it "clicks".

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    When u are on your toes, make sure your shoulders are alined with your board. Just giving u a tip

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    Every time I try to do it like consistently ill do it for a couple of times and then catch an edge its getting so annoying I almost want to quit snowboarding but I dont like to quitting.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    I end up face planting when I go on toes,

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    thanks doug i didnt learn shit

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    I like how the intro is just people doing failed stunts and the camera cuts before they fall over.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    Go for it but you will fall alot and it will be initially hard to be on a mountain, look at a fall line, and not have the chops to attack the way you would want to. To mitigate the falling: wear impact pants, knee and elbow guards, and wrist splints unless you are 25 or younger. After you start you will begin to slightly look down upon skiers and you'll wonder why you didn't start boarding earlier!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    I love Does It Offend You Yeah! Great band…

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    shit.. 666 likes 6 dislikes….. Freaky somehow

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    be very afraid

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    I've been a skier for over 10 years now but i'm feeling a bit nervous about converting to snowboarding. Is there anything to be scared of or should I just go for it?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    thnx good video i was just wondering what is your stance ? 0/0 ?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    haha my video froze at 0:12!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    Nice Board 😀

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    Thank you again…good videos.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    What is the intro sog?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    Very helpful 😀 thanks a lot !

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    Great video, thanks for posting it. I notice that I frequent fall when I switch from a heel-side turn to a toe-side turn when I have a good amount of speed. I think I must be balancing incorrectly. When I go toe-side, I THINK I am putting too much pressure on the front foot. Should I be leaning back to put pressure on the back, kind of like when you drop-in on a skateboard? Thanks!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    So helpful! Thanks, Doug 😉

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    I just bought a new snowboard and I'm just beginning, my problem is, my bindings stick out of the edge of my board and I'm scared of toe-dragging and biffing, what do I do?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    That's Burton uninc

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    cheers dude, nice tutorial

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    what board r u using?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    Not even a rookie yet, I've never snowboarded but when I saw the intro this video my reaction.. o.o

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    Only if you carve while you longboard then ya it would help a bit

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    Don't know why I'm watching this… I have a pretty solid grasp of basic board skills haha
    But dude, I love your setup! Your custom board is sweet and so is your jacket.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    would longboarding skills help me learn on how to snowboard?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    Hey man, thanks alot. It seriously helps me and raises my confidence when there are people like you. It's just i'm not a very confident person, and snowboarding. Is one of my few passions. If not my largest. And i really want to be good. So when i never do good, it just upsets me, but thankyou man, for raising my confidence !

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    You got nothing to worry about man, it's perfectly normal to take a while to learn – I've been boarding for about a year and still can't do it smoothly! Keep at it, remember half of the work is confidence, push on and you'll find it gets easier.

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