Snowboarding: How to Do a Leaper

Snowboarding: How to Do a Leaper


My name is Lauren Barnes. I’m with the American
Association of Snowboard Instructors. Leapers are a great tactic to use for soft snow, steeps
and ungroomed soft terrain. The main focus of a leaper is to be changing edges off of
the ground. So as I initiate my turn, I’m going to get nice and low and I’m going to
flex my ankles, knees and hips. As I’m getting ready to change edges, I’m going to pop up
and extend hard so my snowboard comes up off of the snow. That’s when I’m going to change
my edges. As my new edge comes in contact with the snow I’m going to flex down to make
for a nice soft landing so my snowboard can ride out smoothly and I don’t put too much
impact on my body. I’m going to continue that flex down into the new turn so I’m ready to
initiate the next one.

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