No matter what kind of board you have, it will ride better if you take a second to set the stance for the conditions you’re planning on riding in. We checked in with two riders with the same name but very different stances to show you the difference between a powder/freeriding stance and a rail/park stance.-A.F.
Snow Report: Termas de Chillán, Chile
With Jeremy Jones
Stance: Goofy, +21 front, -3 back
Stance width: 21.5 inches
Board: Rossignol Jeremy Jones 158, 162, or 166
_Generally you’ll see more degrees of forward angle on the front foot.
_It’s still common for freeriders to have forward angle on their back foot, but almost no pro riders use it. Jeremy prefers a slight duck-negative-three.
_Narrow that stance up-you need to be able to turn quickly.
_Set your stance back on your board to keep your weight back and your nose up. Jeremy says, “The deeper the snow, the more I move my stance back.”
_Consider some forward lean in the pow. Jeremy says, “Too much hurts my calves and my legs are bent too much-too little and my heelside turns become gutless.”
With Jeremy Jones
Stance: Goofy, +15 front, -10 back
Stance width: 24.25 inches
Board: Burton Jeremy pro model 151 and 156
_A centered stance like Jeremy’s is ideal to keep your weight centered on rails and for doing switch maneuvers.
_Widen your stance for better balance in the park, easier nose- and tailpresses, and solid jump landings.
_Use less angle on the front binding to keep things more symmetrical for switch tricks.
_Set up a ducked-out stance-this makes riding both ways comfortable and riding switch way easier.
Jeremy Jones in the Alaskan backcountry. Photo: Adam Clark
Jeremy Jones in the Minnesotan rail country. Photo: Andy Wright/Follow Me Around