I'm a really beginner (2 season only) but let me share what I learned so far.
I took 3 days group lessons in Whistler. It helps to start and I truly recommend, but only on the slopes you with really learn how to ride.
First of all: I'm goofy (just as reference).
- toe to heel turns for me are easier because putting my weight back downhill is more comfortable for me and naturally I change my balance.
- heel to toe turns became easier when I started really
committing with my front foot releasing the weight from back foot. With my back foot without pressure into snow, I just needed a small push to complete the turn. I still don't know how to do it in higher speeds (higher speeds for me)
. Important tip: ALWAYS look up the hill. It really helps in getting your balance. Several times when I was about to fall I just put my head up looking up the hill.
Balance: toe to heel or heel to toe changes
That I learned by myself.
My overall basic ridding skills increased a lot when I finally started doing toe to heel or heel to toe changes confidently
. I only was able to do it at the end of my second season. I did a 10 seconds video showing that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpAmhk7gX7U
It helps a lot in flat runs when you need to change you balance constantly to avoid stay in toes or heels for a long time (it caused me feet pain).
My next goals are:
- try to really bend my knees;
- link turns faster (small turns instead long paths to turn);
- continue working on toe to heel or heel to toe changes;
- dip my upper body down to match the steepness of the slope (I had time and courage to do it);
That was my 2 cents.