I've done tons of searching here and on Google, and I understand this is mostly a trial and error setting. I also understand there are some basic starting points as well as certain stances geared more for certain styles of riding.
I am a first year rider who can take the single blacks without issue unless it's a sheet of ice, so my skills are there. I grew up skateboarding, water skiing, wake boarding, and some surfing.... and I've been boarding 3 times a week since November so all of that helps.
I ride a Rossignol Taipan with Salomon F22 boots and Burton Cartel bindings. I ride regular, not goofy. I'm 5'8", 190 lbs. I don't ride park at all, but this weekend because of the conditions found my self going off the trail, up on tall ledges, and hitting small jumps here and there. Riding switch here and there for a very quick moment. Just playing around..
My first setup was a 22 3/4" stance width with a +12 or +15 (can't remember) front foot and a -3 back. When riding a straight I would feel myself trying to bring my front foot, at the time I thought, in. So I adjusted my binding angle in, to a +9. This is where I've been riding for the last two months (+9/-3) and my skill is constantly getting better. This weekend (awesome conditions) I was really hitting it hard and found my self exerting too much effort in transitions on the steap slopes, which resulted in sliding not carving. I think I was using my upper body to initiate and that I'd over compensate resulting in a slide after which I'd correct into a proper edge decent. This wasn't a slide to slow down and then continue decent this was, as said above, an over exertion into the turn. Does that make sense?
I got to thinking about it and that's when I did some more reading. I'm now thinking that my stance width was/is too wide, and that maybe I could have corrected that uncomfortable front foot feeling not by changing the front angle but instead by narrowing my stance width, which would also allow for easier maneuverability from edge to edge.. so I read.
So last night I moved my stance width in to a 21". Should I leave my angles at the +9/-3? I set them up at a +9/-9 but now I'm thinking maybe I should leave where they were and see what narrowing the stance width did for me. If I'm correct and that was the feeling of wanting to move my front foot in, that would allow me to open up the front foot some more and maintain the comfort. Once the front's dialed then I could open the back a bit so as to allow some play ability but not sacrifice main passion of carving.
Any help/opinions ? Sorry for the long post but I wanted to convey the entire situation to help you help me