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STS Technical and Tactical Emphasis

The Technical and Tactics section of the Snowboard Training System highlights the riding focus for riders through each developmental phase. The technical part of snowboarding describes how the rider rides, covering things like body position, balance, movement, but most importantly the board and snow interaction. The tactical part of snowboarding refers to where the rider rides, trying to learn the best way down the course within their abilities. The two parts are closely related, as strong technical riders have the ability to take a more direct route, but riding too direct a line can lead to a breakdown in technique and slow riding.

In general, phases 1-3 have a very high focus on technical development with only a small focus on tactics. Time spent in training should reflect these priorities. In phase 4, while technical development remains a priority, more time is spent on tactics. If the foundation has been well built through phases 1-4, by phases 5 and 6 riders can spend a large part of their training time working on finding points in many different situations, drawing on their solid base. Click on your development phase above to learn more.

 
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