How to find your Snowboard Stance
Your stance can play into how stable your snowboard is and how easy it is to turn. Finding your natural stance will take a bit of time and experimentation. It's based on height, personal preference and riding style. We're gonna break down a few common stances and how they correspond to riding styles.
The very first thing you'll need to figure out is which of your legs are more dominant, this dictates if you are regular stance or goofy. Typically your back leg will be your dominant leg and provide powerful steering control while the front leg provides balance. Left foot forward is called Regular and right foot forward is called Goofy. You can test which foot should be forward by having someone push you lightly and seeing which leg naturally catches your fall.
Now that you know which foot will be forward on your board you can mount your bindings and set your stance with that in mind.
Stance by Riding Style:
Park riders tend to choose a wider stance which allows for more stability when landing.
Powder riders tend to choose a more narrow stance because it allows you to pivot your weight faster from edge to edge. You might even want to adjust your bindings position on powder days to optimize nose lift on the really snowy days.
A good starting point would be something just over shoulder width because it offers good stability. At the shop Jaimie likes to use a little trick to find this distance. Bend your arm at the elbow to a 90 degree angle and make your hand into a fist. The distance between your knuckles and your elbow is the perfect starting point stance for your height.
You want to make sure you optimize your bodies natural alignment. Your knees and hips will have a different range of motion depending on your foot placement and alignment on your board. A zero angle setting would be your binding set completely perpendicular to your board. Most every rider likes to have their forward foot angled slightly towards the nose of their board. This would be called a positive angle setting typically between +9-15. Your hind foot can be angled many different ways depending on riding style.
Zero angle rear foot (+/ 0) is when your rear foot is perpendicular to the board. This is a really common snowboard setup for all mountain riding. Its a great place to start as you develop your bodies natural stance.
Positive angle rear foot (+/+) is when both bindings are turned towards the nose of your board. This is not a common stance anymore. Typically only used for racing style set ups. It allows your knees to be aligned and can be helpful in more aggressive toe side turns. You may also see some old dogs at the resort using this stance, reliving the golden days of snowboarding.
Negative angle rear foot (+/-) is when both feet angle slightly outwards to the nose and tail, otherwise known as duck stance. It's the optimum stance for those who frequently ride switch in the park. It allows you to have that positive angle for your front foot regardless of if you're riding normal or switch and it can really help if you're struggling landing tricks switch. If you're a big park rider a gentle duck stance would be a great place to start.
Staff Stance Suggestions:
Powder: Front Foot + 9-15 | Rear Foot - 0-9
Park: Front Foot + 9-15 | Rear Foot - 9-15 (equally stanced)
All Mountain: Front Foot + 6-12 | Rear Foot - 0-9