Proper Stance, Width, and Binding Angle

The proper stance is knees bent, straight back, and head looking in the direction of travel.

  • When cruising down the hill the rider should be facing sideways with their head looking downhill over the nose of the snowboard.
  • When doing a heel side sideslip the rider should be facing downhill with their snowboard perpendicular to the hill and looking straight downhill.
  • When doing a toe side sideslip the rider should be facing uphill with their snowboard perpendicular to the hill and looking straight uphill.

To decide the proper width and binding angle I tell my riders to walk around then all of a sudden I tell them to jump and land with their feet apart. Whereever they land naturally is where their stance should be on the snowboard. Your feet will angle naturally to where they feel comfortable. You have to be caught off guard for this to work because if you’re thinking about it your body won’t be natural.

Bindings are angled on a 90 scale.

  • If the binding is facing straight forward toward the toe edge it is considered to be at 0.
  • If the front binding is facing all the way to the nose it is considered to be at +90.
  • If the back binding is facing all the way to the tail it is considered to be at +90.
  • If the front binding is facinig all the way to the tail it is considered to be at -90.
  • If the back binding is facing all the way to the nose it is considered to be at -90.

A tip for binding angle:

  • It is easier to have both feet angled the same because when you become comfortable enough to ride switch or go in the terrain park it makes it easier to ride.

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