CARVING TURNS WITH SOFT BOOTS
Edging the snowboard for carving with soft boots is a little more difficult than edging the snowboard with hard boots. The boards are a little wider and the feet are usually set close to a 90 degree angle to the direction of travel.
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Photo 1 shows the rider in the control phase of the toe side turn. The board edge is solidly engaged in the snow with no skidding. Photos 2 and 3 show the control and completion phases of the turn. Keep the toe edge in the snow with body inclination to assure that you put as much weight on the edge as possible to hold the carve.
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In photo 4 the rider initiates the heel side carve by changing to the heel edge and allowing the center of mass of the body to move over the heel edge.
In Photo 5 the heel edge is fully engaged with no skidding, a good comfortable feeling. If you skid at this point, the carved turn will not happen and you must reestablish good edge engagement in the snow before proceeding with more carved turns.
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Photos 6 through 11 show carved turns from a different angle. Photo 6 shows the completion of the toe side turn. Photo 7
shows the rider initiating the heel side carve by moving the center of mass to the heel side.
Photo 8 shows the heel side carve fully engaged with no skidding.
When changing edge, the board is flat on the snow for a period of time. This is a vulnerable position in that any bumps in the snow can cause the board to twist and cause a skid. Try to change edge as quickly as possible to minimize this occurrence.
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Figure 9 shows the initiation of the toe
side carve with the body moving across the line of travel. Figure 10 shows the board flat on the snow, on the way to the toe side carve. Photo 11 shows the toe side carve fully engaged. Remember to make the transition from heel to toe (and vice versa) as quickly as possible because edge engagement means control. Without edge engagement, the turn is not carved, and the board will wash out, an unsettling feeling. Figures 13 through 18 show carved turns on a steeper slope with more edge angle.
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