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Old 10-18-2013, 09:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ever since i started snow boarding lessons i've always found going on my heel edge (even when slip sliding) the most difficult to manage. i've now made it onto the main indoor slope - i can link my toe to heel edge turn really easily, but i'm having trouble linking my heel to toe edge turn. Do you have any tips which will help me improve my heel to toe edge turn, or is it just something that will get easier with practice?
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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bend your knees and put your weight on your front foot when you initiate the heelside to toe side turn.
So you're leaning down the hill you want to get your body perpendicular to the slope
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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twist the board, torsional twist, one toe up and the other toe down
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Ever since i started snow boarding lessons i've always found going on my heel edge (even when slip sliding) the most difficult to manage. i've now made it onto the main indoor slope - i can link my toe to heel edge turn really easily, but i'm having trouble linking my heel to toe edge turn. Do you have any tips which will help me improve my heel to toe edge turn, or is it just something that will get easier with practice?
Toeside turns are mostly difficult because you're likely trying to look downhill and only committing to the toeside turn with part of your body. It's a common problem because a lot of people try to keep their upper body/head looking downhill while their lower body is trying to turn toeside and you end up fighting against your own turn.

That's why toe to heelside turns tend to be easier because you naturally want to look downhill, whereas with your heelside to toeside turns you don't.

Here's a blog I did that should help you out: Why Your Toeside Turns Require More Work Than Heelside & How To Fix It

Basically a huge part of making toeside turns as easy as heelside turns is just making sure you turn with your whole body and not just your lower half.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you

Great blog Jed! Will def try out those tips on my next lesson!
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Awesome, let us know how it goes!
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Awesome, let us know how it goes!
So.. i had my lesson, and bearing all your advice and tips in mind, i managed to do some really good heel to toe edge turns! Jed i found the over exaggerating helped alot By the end of my lesson i was doing big and small turns and got up quite a speed... well to me it was fast! haha.
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So.. i had my lesson, and bearing all your advice and tips in mind, i managed to do some really good heel to toe edge turns! Jed i found the over exaggerating helped alot By the end of my lesson i was doing big and small turns and got up quite a speed... well to me it was fast! haha.
That's awesome man, glad it worked out.
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So.. i had my lesson, and bearing all your advice and tips in mind, i managed to do some really good heel to toe edge turns! Jed i found the over exaggerating helped alot By the end of my lesson i was doing big and small turns and got up quite a speed... well to me it was fast! haha.
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Toeside turns are mostly difficult because you're likely trying to look downhill and only committing to the toeside turn with part of your body.
Interestingly, I have entirely different problems with toeside and heelside turns. With toeside, I have trouble getting the upper body to commit on a steep slope -- but once I've got it going the turn is sweet and flawless. With heelside, I have never had problems getting the turn started on even the steepest blacks, but as soon as I come around I have a tendency to swing into a braking skid. Both probably from scaredy-cat reactions to the OMG steepness. IMO the important thing is to know you're doing it wrong and to know what you need to do to fix it.
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