Advanced powdering on the snowboard
Those who feel confident in deep snow can make an impression with powder sprays, switch powder turns and big turns.
Snowboarding is all about style – even in deep snow
Initiate the turn normally. When steering the turn, shift your weight heavily onto your back leg and perform a counter-rotation with your upper body. The high pressure at the end of the turn and a simultaneous stretching of the legs pushes the snow away and creates a spray. If you now dissolve the movement in time and use the end of the stretching as a prelude movement for the new turn, you can drive through your own hand-created snow cloud.
Switch riding a powderturn undoubtedly presents a special challenge. Of course, this is also important so that you don’t look like a beginner after jumps landed switch in powder. When switch riding in powder, however, it is particularly difficult to judge the speed correctly and not to slow down too much. Shifting your weight to your „“new““ back foot improves your ability to move tremendously.
Riding with as few turns as possible and as many as necessary: At high speed, the line is dictated only by the terrain. It doesn’t always have to be rhythmic – riders simply want to reach certain points in the terrain and master the descent with confidence. This is powder skiing at its best. Safety, control and a good ability to judge, anticipate the difficulties ahead and the individual movement solutions available are of paramount importance here.
Back to the beginning here.
Even more info on skiing and snowboarding technique topics can be found in the curricula of the German Ski Instructors Association:
DSLV Lehrplan – Skifahren einfach, 2012, ISBN 978-3-8354-0869-2
DSLV Lehrplan – Freeriden einfach, 2012, ISBN 978-3-8354-0872-2
DSLV Lehrplan – Snowboarden einfach, 2012 ISBN 978-3-8354-0870-8
Those who have found their new love in freeriding should definitely also face the potential dangers soberly and responsibly. Appropriate technical literature and the mastery of safety equipment are mandatory!