How To Turn On A Snowboard?

Published by Harry Sowers on

There are many different types of turns that a snowboarder needs to know to build up their skills so they can eventually become an advanced snowboarder. In this guide, I will provide quick and easy how-to guides so you can learn how to perform different turns on a snowboard. The turns in this guide are for beginners and intermediate snowboarders.

How To Turn Toeside On A Snowboard

woman turning toeside on a snowboard

Performing a toeside turn is one of the easiest types of turns for a beginner.  In order to do it successfully, the snowboarder needs to perform it in one quick move. It may take you several times to do it, but once you learn how, it will be a breeze. As you begin to snowboard downhill, press down lightly on your front foot. While you gain speed, slowly turn your head, shoulder, and torso towards the left. Your waist and legs now must turn and align with the top half of your body. After the turn is complete, your entire body should be facing the top of the mountain, and your lower body should be behind you. 

How To Turn Left On A Snowboard

Before you make your left turn, quickly scan the area where you are planning to check if there’s anyone in that area to avoid them.  As you start picking up speed, your head and neck and shoulders must turn to the left so that your top half is facing the bottom of the slope, but your legs and feet are pointing to the right. Then, bend your knees and add pressure to the heels of your right foot. Then, your board will turn to the left. Try not to slow down and turn so that your waist and feet lineup with your back and shoulders. You’ll know when you have completed a full left turn when your entire body is facing the bottom of the mountain. You can come to a complete stop, or you can now make a right turn to continue moving. 

How To Turn Better On A Snowboard

Here are two important tips to improve your skills on how to turn on a snowboard. When making a turn, you should have your head and shoulders twisted in the direction you want to go. While making the turn, your core should slowly line up with your head and shoulders. By doing this, you can see if there are any obstacles in the way before you make your turn. The second tip you must know is that your line of vision needs to continue moving to the next place you’re going to be when you turn your snowboard. Don’t stay fixated on one spot and keep your head in that position until you reach it. 

How To Make A C-turn On Snowboard

While making a c turn, maintain your speed. You need to stay at your current speed and gradually slow down. When you are finished with the turn, come to a complete stop. As you start to turn, keep your line of sight moving. One problem that most beginning snowboarders have is fixating their vision on one spot.

As you travel downhill, press down on your right foot, and your snowboard will begin to turn. When your snowboard begins to angle, keep pressing down on your right foot, and then add weight to your left foot. This will cause the angle you are traveling at to increase, and you’ll begin to make a c shape turn. To increase your turn’s angle, lean down on your toes and jut your chest a bit in front of your waist. Then bend your knees and stick your torso out in front of you as well.

How To Do An S Turn On A Snowboard

Performing an S turn may sound difficult, that is not that complicated. Your knees should be bent before you begin to turn, and your shoulders and back should be straight. Throughout the entire S turn, you will be steering with your front knee. At first, slowly kick-off and lean forward on your toes. When you have completed a full C turn, keep traveling in a straight line. When you are ready, you will push back onto your heel and start a reverse C turn. If you find yourself traveling too fast and you are nervous, steer the snowboard with both of your knees and press down on the board with your front foot. Having the entire board on the snow creates more traction and will slow you down.

How To Do A J Turn On a snowboard

Once you have learned how to do a ride straight, you’re ready to learn how to do a full J-turn. When you begin to travel down the snowbank, pick up speed while gliding completely straight by adding a bit of pressure on your front foot. While you are in a strong glide, slowly add pressure to the toes of your front foot. After adding pressure and maintaining it, the snowboard will begin to move to the right. Do not let the board come to a stop. As your turn begins to round, pull your knee back while keeping your back and shoulders straight.  When your right foot is facing the mountain, you can stop if you do not want to continue moving. This is how you do a toe side J-turn


There’s nothing better than getting on your snowboard and perfecting a technique that you just learned. As long as you consistently practice new techniques and find people to help you who are just as knowledgeable as any professional, you’ll be an advanced snowboarder in no time. Suppose you need extra clarification on any of these small how-to guides. In that case, you can always search “how to snowboard youtube” on google watch videos to see exactly how professional snowboarders make S turns, and C turns, and J turns. Once you have become an advanced snowboarder, take time out of your day on the slopes and help any struggling beginners. Helping others improve the community can help you make friends who also love to snowboard. 

Looking for more tips for snowboarding? Check out our list of the top tips for beginner snowboarders here.


Harry Sowers

Harry grew up outside of Denver Colorado and has been skiing and snowboarding since he was 3. He is most passionate about skiing and when he was in college at UC Boulder he even participated in the olympic trials for the USA Olympic Downhill Ski team.