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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 December 2005, 18:42 GMT
Boarding basics: The turn

Knowing how to turn is the key to snowboarding.

The ability to change direction quickly and precisely allows a snowboarder to regulate their speed, stay out of danger and go wherever they want on the mountain.

In general terms, a snowboard is like a pair of skis.

If you keep it flat, you travel in a straight line. To change direction, you use the edges.

The object of the game is to produce perfect carved turns, when the edge holds the snow and the board changes direction without slipping, leaving an S-shaped trail in the snow.

Step one: The toe-side turn

To turn on the toe edge, shift your weight on to the front foot and flex your knees and ankles so that your toes are pointing down into the snow.

Start to turn your shoulders in the direction you want the board to go and hold your arms out in front of the body to help with balance.

If you have a regular stance - left foot forward - your board will naturally turn to the right. If you are goofy - right foot forward - the board will turn to the left.

Step two - weight transfer

To change direction, you need to transfer the board from the toe edge to the heel edge.

Straighten your legs to move your weight off the front foot.

The board will come off the toe edge, briefly run flat on the snow and then transfer to the heel edge.

Step three - heel-side turn

Once on the heel edge, shift your weight back to the front foot.

Keep your ankles locked to hold the edge and turn your shoulders towards the direction in which you want to travel.

The board will come round and your linked turn will be complete.

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