Improve Dynamic and Aggressive Snowboarding

Dynamic snowboarding isn’t just fun, but the extra rhythm gives you more control and helps you aggressively tackle variable terrain like ice, crud, moguls and powder.

Since dynamic snowboarding is all about the rhythm that comes naturally from your personal style, in this video we’ll give you some tips to help discover your own rhythm and confident riding style.

Before trying to improve your dynamic riding, you should have mastered basic turns on green and blue terrain. In this episode we’ll teach you to be more aggressive and dynamic.

Dynamic snowboarding means your body takes a different path than your snowboard— so your legs flex up and down and your snowboard seems to spring underneath you. Unlike basic turns, where your body stays relatively quiet, you’ll be bouncy and lively in dynamic riding.

There are all sorts of boring, technical drills you can do to practice dynamic. They emphasize timing and form and even the best riders have to concentrate really hard to do them right. Our favorite method is below:

Step #1—Find your snowboard rhythm
Head to a flat area and practice bouncing up and down. Keep your back upright while bending and straightening your legs (no bending at the waist…that’s just silly looking). To get even lower, imagine your ankles are lazy and just let your boots support your weight.

Step #2—Snowboard music
Now that you’re springy, head to a steep, narrow hill and turn on your

MP3 music device. If you got coal for Christmas and have no such device, think of the dancing-ist song you know and hum along.

Step #3—Bounce while snowboarding
Bounce up and down at the top and begin heading downhill. Go straight for as long as you comfortably can without getting too much speed, bouncing all the while. As you begin making turns, the up/down rhythm should carry over into your riding and the steep, narrow run will help you naturally be more dynamic.

Don’t overthink it. Hum your song and just let it happen.

Snowboard drill—Dynamic falling leaf & garlands

If you want more practice, here’s a couple of those boring drills we talked about early on. On an intermediate run, do a falling leaf across the hill while adding your own up/down rhythm. You’ll link a series of regular and switch turn beginnings and it should feel like you are getting low in the beginning and standing tall towards the end of each. Then do the same thing while doing garlands, again, low at the beginning and tall at the end. Kind of like using your legs to spring out of each turn. Try it both toe and heelside.

You’ll look dumb doing this drill, but your friends will stop teasing when they see the sweet turns you’ve just made.

If you want more riding tips, stay tuned for our upcoming intermediate episodes.

Next: How to Carve a Snowboard

25 Responses to Improve dynamic snowboarding
  1. Adriana Gusheva
    April 6, 2013 | 6:32 pm

    Hi, why I can’t find the video”experimenting with your knees”? I m sure there was one a month ago 🙁

  2. Anderson
    December 9, 2012 | 3:31 pm

    Hi Jill,

    you guys have done an outstanding job with these videos. They are fun to watch and very straightforward. My progression has been really good and I am starting to link turns well.

    I have a questions about right straight specially to negotiate flats. I found that that riding straight makes me more prone to catch an edge. Any special tip to help me go straight and not hurting my tailbone close to lift line? THx a lot

  3. Dave Paul Zervaas
    August 8, 2012 | 7:22 pm

    Awesome and high quality teaching. Fun and great professors indeed.

  4. Andy
    January 15, 2012 | 2:51 am

    I watched every video of yours, and I moved from beginner to mastering turns. Now I’m working on carving and switch. However, the dynamic riding are not working properly. I was never able to turn as fast as you in the video….(it looked so cool when you’re turning that fast)

  5. Mingle
    October 30, 2011 | 12:54 am

    Hi Jill again,

    Can you tell me how to tell the difference from a powder snowboard and a freestyle snowboard? I’m pretty sure my snowboard is a freestyle one, but I just want to double check.

    • Jill
      November 2, 2011 | 1:05 am

      Hi Mingle,

      You can learn the difference between a powder vs. freestyle snowboard here:

      In short, freestyle boards tend to be a little more flexible, shorter, have a centered stance, and a twin tip shape, meaning that they ride just as well switch. Powder snowboards are wider at the tip and the stance is set at the back of the snowboard.

  6. Mingle
    October 22, 2011 | 10:42 pm

    Hi Jill,

    You’re videos are the best! My dad(I’m 8 years old)and I learned so much about snowboarding with the awesome tutorials. I’m going to try to inprove my carving then I’ll go on to dynamic. It looks so easy and cool in the video but I know it’s hard. Are you an expert on rails?


    • Jill
      October 24, 2011 | 3:21 pm

      Hi Mingle! Thanks for your feedback. Glad you and your dad like the videos! I learned to ski and snowboard with my dad too — and we still go skiing together 27+ years later! 🙂

      Sounds like you are doing the right steps to improve your snowboarding. Keep it up.

      I am no expert on rails or freestyle. I was always better at carving, freeriding, powder and going fast. But I tried really hard to improve on rails and jumps so I could become a more well-rounded snowboarder. But I’m not a natural at it by any means.

      Take care,

  7. Mingle
    October 22, 2011 | 10:39 pm

    Hi Jill,

    You’re videos are the best! My dad(I’m 8 years old)and I learned so much about snowboarding with the awesome tutorials. I’m going to try to inprove my carving then I’ll go on to dynamic. It looks so easy and cool in the video but I know it’s hard.


  8. Lee
    October 4, 2011 | 10:04 pm

    Hi there folks,

    Your videos are really well put together – many thanks for all the great tips! Any chance you could do a video for the tame dog (front flip) trick please? Also, something on how to do a 360 would be really useful too.

    Happy snowboarding! 🙂

    Cheers, Lee.

    • Jill
      October 6, 2011 | 2:31 am

      Hi Lee! Thanks for the comment. We have some footage and a script written for 360s; but we haven’t had time to edit. The front flip trick is not going to happen — that one is beyond our teaching and riding ability. 😉

  9. angelo ghisletta
    September 27, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    hi jill
    you guys have done a amazing job with this video. with your videos i have
    entered competitions and only been riding for 3 months.
    one slight problem can you go into depth a bit more about turning really
    quickly in your dynamic video as your going down hill. how do you
    make it look like the board springs underneath you?
    thank you

    • Jill
      September 27, 2011 | 3:10 pm

      Hi Angelo,

      Thanks for the support — Great to hear you are picking things up so fast! The type of dynamic turning we are doing is called a cross-under turn (this is where the board springs underneath and your body stays in about the same place). A couple things on this type of turn:
      It generally takes a lot of practice and comfort on the board.
      While you can do cross-under dynamic skidded turns, carving makes the skill easier.
      It helps to have some speed and try this on medium-slope terrain.
      The steps to improve dynamic that are outlined in this video are a good starting point to learn cross-unders.
      Try to experiment with your feet — pull up on your front-foot at the end of a heel turn and the snowboard will quickly jump out of the turn. Try playing with your front foot too. This will help you spring back and forth.
      Keep proper alignment — knees bent and springy, arms at your sides, etc.
      The tempo and style of your dynamic turns are unique to your riding style, so experiment and practice — do what feels most comfortable.

      • Alan (Hong Kong boarder)
        October 24, 2011 | 1:10 am

        Hi Jill,

        Really happy to know you kept your passion on snowboarding even after switched your career!
        I got my CASI level 1 cert last year and I am working as a part time snowboard instructor now.

        Just like you and Rick, I like the sport so much and would like to further develop both my snowboarding and teaching skill especially dynamic turns and down un-weight / cross-under.

        Your video really helpful, but just like angelo ghisletta, I want to know a bit detail how to make board springs underneath.

        In your reply above,
        “Try to experiment with your feet — pull up on your front-foot at the end of a heel turn and the snowboard will quickly jump out of the turn.”

        Is “Pull up on your front-foot” something like ollie at the end of turn?

        Thanks for your tutorial and advise!!

        Alan from Hong Kong.

        • Jill
          October 24, 2011 | 2:59 pm

          Hi Alan,

          Thanks for the comment and congrats on your Level 1. How you make the snowboard spring between turns will depend a lot on the type of snowboard you have and your riding style. A stiffer, cambered snowboard like the customX would be easier to jump between turns. The experiment with your feet direction refers to just the foot — pull up on your toes. It is not about popping or literally jumping with your front leg. Just pulling up on your toes at the end of a turn to twist the snowboard. That being said, you can sometimes get some spring if you add pressure to your edge (with both feet) as you finish the turn. The extra edge pressure will help you get more ‘up’ feeling out of the turn. You can also try using your front knee to twist the snowboard and generate some ‘pop’ between turns. If you rotate your front knee out on a heel turn and in on a toe turn you may get some spring. Try experimenting with your knees and feet as well as the speed.

  10. Burak
    April 24, 2011 | 3:39 pm

    its really workin’. Im so thankful for this web site. Go on profs! 🙂

  11. YILMAZ
    March 21, 2011 | 2:10 pm

    Since I started snowboarding you cannot count how many times I asked how to turn to friends and people in the forums. Non of the advices worked for me. I watched your videos and tried to pretend and I couldn’t believe;
    the guy who couldn’t turn, started to turn in 5 five minutes even better than my friends.
    Thanx a lot of alot. 😉

  12. Nawlin's
    January 31, 2011 | 2:09 pm

    Thx guys, you guys are freakin awesome. I’ve learn so much watching your guys. Can’t wait to test it out when I got to Keystone and a few weeks.

  13. Ievgeniy
    January 30, 2011 | 7:23 pm

    Thank you guys. Very useful!! Hello from Ukraine)

  14. S?la
    January 30, 2011 | 7:07 am

    Hey thank you so much for everything 🙂
    I started to snowboard last year and I’m not snowboarding very good.But I know turns, stopping, etc. This videos really help me.
    But I can’t do slalom 🙁 Can you help me ?
    Thanks again.

    • Jill
      February 3, 2011 | 7:46 pm

      Hi S?la,

      Glad to hear the videos helped you learn! For linking turns (slalom), it just takes more mileage. Gradually work to shorten the space between turns to tighten the radius (shorter turns are more slalom-like). Play games to practice tight turns…like see how many turns you can make on one run. Or try ‘tornado’ turns — start out making big turns and gradually make shorter turns as you go to the bottom (your track down the hill would look like a funnel).

  15. Melisa
    January 18, 2011 | 6:45 am

    I have watched every single one of your videos from start to finish, and they have helped me immensely with learning how to snowboard. Thank you so much!
    Right now I’m carving but with each lesson I take the instructors are telling me to point my knees outwards and not towards the mountain (when I’m on toe side). Would it be possible to address this in a video?

    Thank you!!!! I love your site!!!

    • Jill
      January 21, 2011 | 7:58 pm

      Hi Melisa! Thanks for the comment. Knees in or out is a pretty personal thing. It really depends on your riding style, board, snow conditions, etc. I guess you could try pushing your knees out and in and see what works best. There isn’t a ‘right’ answer here.

      Usually (in my experience), pushing your knees in on toeside turns will tighten up the carve and make the snowboard turn faster. This is partly because rotating your front knee in ‘steers’ the snowboard and rounds the turn. I can’t visualize how pointing your knees out in a toe turn would ‘improve’ things, but I guess try it out and see which you prefer.

  16. Denik
    January 11, 2011 | 2:49 pm

    That’s a really good job done by you. Thank you very much
    and looking forward new videos …

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