If there’s one guaranteed easy way of kicking up some snow and making a classic snowboarding photograph, it’s the toeside powder turn. Here’s how to do ‘em…
From Whitelines Basics 2013
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01. Know the terrain
Learn toeside powder turns in a featureless snowfield first, and be sure to know that there aren’t any hidden rocks, tree stumps or other features under the snow, as you’re about to put your knee into the ground at high speed…
02. Take Speed
Presuming that you want to kick up a big plume of snow (and why wouldn’t you?) then you’re going to need to take a lot of speed towards your turn. Remember, in powder: speed is your friend! So boot it into the powder field (take speed off the piste if possible) and remember that a flat (ish) powder slope will slow you down fairly quickly.
03. Nose up
It’s important not to let your nose sink, but don’t lean back! When riding powder, simply apply more pressure through your rear foot, pushing the tail of the board down into the snow until your board starts to float. You don’t need to bend awkwardly and dangle your rear arm near the snow, just stay balanced.
04. Lean In
Actually turning in powder is ludicrously easy: simply lean on your toe edge and you’ll head in that direction. But because you want to kick out some snow, crouch down so your back leg is bent and prepare to unleash all that power.