Heelside powder turns are essentially surfing layback slashes. If you do ‘em right. Here’s how…
From Whitelines Basics 2013
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01 Know the Terrain
Like toeside turn, learn heelside powder turns in a featureless snowfield first, and once you’ve got them dialled then take them to features. They’re not as potentially dangerous as toeside turns, because you’re not putting your soft knee into the ground, but still be aware of any hidden, lurking dangers under the snow, as you’re going to put a lot of pressure on your heel edge, and snagging a rock can quite easily ruin a board.
02. Take Speed
Again, presuming that you want to kick up a big plume of snow (and then shoot through it, like Han Solo blowing up Tie Fighters with the Milennium Falcon’s guns) then speed is undoubtedly your friend.
03. Initiate the turn.
Booting it through the powder, initiate the turn by twisting your upper body and leaning on your heel edge. Keep quite low, and have your back foot bent so that you’re ready to push it out at the required moment to get that all-important plume of spray in the air.
As you start to turn, increase the pressure on your back foot so you’re pushing against the snow. Essentially, you’re doing a huge, slow-motion emergency stop. So as your board comes around 90-degrees from the direction you’re travelling, really push against the edge and kick that back foot out so the snow underneath your board is pushed directly in front of you.