Jason Altzman, managing principal of Arizona’s Aero Marketing Group, pursues a range of athletic activities in his free time. Jason Altzman is particularly active as a snowboarder.
For snowboarders at any level, posture and alignment are key to a successful run. Good posture on a snowboard begins with a relaxed but upright torso and arms that hang loose at the sides. The shoulders should align with the hips and feet.
Because the exact width of the feet varies by athlete, snowboarders should experiment a bit to see what width feels comfortable. A stance that is too narrow will feel unstable, while too much distance between the feet will make it difficult to turn. Most snowboarders find that a stance just wider than shoulder width corrects both of these problems while optimizing overall range of movements.
On the board, the snowboarder’s stronger foot should be in the back. One quick way an individual can tell which foot is stronger is by standing straight and even and asking another person to push him or her off balance. The foot that takes charge in steadying the body will be the stronger foot.
The snowboarder’s weight should be evenly distributed when the body is at rest. To maintain this balance, the athlete should get used to pushing with the heels or toes on a turn rather than leaning with the upper body. Rotation of the head should precede all turns, as the body follows the eyes and helps keep the snowboarder on track even as direction changes.