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How to Set Up Your Stance for All-Mountain Snowboarding


all mountain snowboarding © Matt Gibson

Even the most dedicated park and pipe enthusiasts venture out for a few powder days and riders who typically freeride sometimes want to get some air. Sometimes there’s no way to tell exactly what types of trails you’ll encounter in a day on the mountain. If you’re not strictly sticking to one part of the mountain, it’s nice to have your stance set up to conquer it all.

An all-mountain setup is also a safe and effective starting point for new riders. It allows you the versatility needed to tackle different types of terrain and is easily adjusted if you decide you want to switch to a strictly park or freeriding setup.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Needed: 20 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Lay your board on the carpet, grass, or anywhere soft that won’t harm the bottom of the deck. Step onto the board as though you’re going to ride it; put your left foot forward if you ride regular-foot or put your right foot forward if you ride goofy-foot.

  2. Stand with your feet on the binding screw holes. You want your legs to be slightly more than shoulder-width apart, your knees should bend comfortably, and your groin should be over (or slightly to the rear of) the centre of the snowboard.

  3. Measure the distance between your feet and place the bindings on the board exactly where your feet were.

  4. Locate the mounting disks in the interior of the binding. Slide the disk in each binding until the indicator arrow points to a positive angle. You don’t want to start with a drastic angle that could strain your knees or cause injury, so adjust the binding to a comfortable position somewhere between 5 and 20 degrees. If you’re not sure what angles to choose, try setting your rear binding near 0 degrees and the front to around 15 degrees.

  5. Tighten the disks in place with a Phillips head screwdriver or snowboard tool. Always make sure the bindings are screwed tightly in place; you don’t want them to come loose on the mountain.

  6. Stand in the new stance to ensure your knees and calves are comfortable in the new position. Make adjustments if needed.
  • To find out whether you’re a regular or goofy-foot rider, stand with your eyes closed and feet close together. Have a friend give you a light push from behind. The foot you put down to keep you from falling is the foot you should put forward on the board.

  • Always keep your bindings angles within 20 degrees of each other to prevent injury or muscle strain.

  • Always keep a snowboard tool in your pocket or someplace convenient when you ride. If your bindings come loose or need an adjustment, you’ll be glad to have one on hand.

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