For smooth controlled riding you want your upper body and lower body to be in line with one another because, it gives you better balance and stability over your snowboard one of the most common problems for intermediate riders is riding with a body position that is not aligned. I see a lot of snowboarders cruising with their upper body turned in this position facing forwards. It’s not very stable. If you hit a bump it’s likely you’ll get thrown off balance and may crash. Instead you want to be like this where your upper body and lower body are in line with your board. An aligned body will give you the strongest balance over your board. It’s common to see riders going down the mountain with forced turns. Constantly riding out of alignment and lots of arm swinging. This is called counter rotation where your upper body and lower body become disjointed not working in harmony and twisting against each other to make turns happen. This especially happens when doing turns on your toe edge. On this freeze-frame, you can see how the riders upper body is completely out of alignment with the lower body. If you can compare this with my riding, you’ll see that every time I make a turn my upper body and lower body are almost always turning in the same direction it looks smooth balanced and effortless as I flow through each turn. If you can get your riding to look like this then you’ll be more comfortable riding faster and learning new tricks. On flat ground this is what good alignment looks like. When I do a toe edge turn you’ll see my upper body helps initiate the turn. My leading shoulder, my hip, my knee, all go in the same direction. On a heel edge turn my upper body, turns my hip, turns my knees turn, all in the same direction. You probably don’t know whether you counter rotate your turns or ride facing forward until you get to see your own riding on video. If you do you’re going to want to break this habit, to increase the stability of your riding. Try grabbing your pants while practicing some turns, this will aid as a subtle reminder to keep your upper body and lower body moving together in the same direction through each turn. Imagine you have a pole that goes through your body and you’re holding on to the end of each pole. To turn your snowboard turn the pole through your hips turn this way for a heel edge turn, turn the pole this way and you initiate a toe edge turn. After you’ve got the idea, relax and try to make it look natural again. Riding with your upper body and lower body in better alignment. Another effective way to help straighten out your alignment is to do some switch runs, riding switch forces you to straighten out your upper and lower body. This technique is quite difficult for riders who are used to facing forwards while riding. Go to an easy run and force yourself to learn switch, your normal stance will love you for it and your balance and alignment will become much better. This is Nev Lapwood from Snowboard Addiction. Our Goal Is To Improve Your Riding.