The first successes in carving depends on your ability to keep the basic position while riding the slope, smoothness of your movements and clear edging of the board. To compensate the centrifugal force you should incline into each turn.
To keep the board on the edge in running the slope you should keep your weight distribution strictly 50:50 between your legs and try to keep your centre of gravity in the middle of the sidecut. If you overload the nose of the board then the snowboard will drift, slow down and will not follow the path of the sidecut. If you overload the tail then your snowboard will be less responsive to your actions and will move in wider carves. At higher speeds mistakes in position of the center of gravity can result in the loss of speed, disrupted turns and falls.
Carving requires a sufficiently large angle of edging – the depth of inclination affects in direct proportion the stability of a turn. The deeper inclination the farther the centre of carver’s gravity from the pivot is and in the circular motion this condition guarantees the additional acceleration in every turn. The higher the speed the deeper inclinations you can make without being afraid of fall into the turn. Already when you run the slope for the first times you will feel a strong gain in speed, it is mainly due to more clear turns and smooth but a quick change of the edge. In order to ensure clear edging of the board corresponding to these speeds and to compensate the centrifugal forces you will have to incline deeper and deeper in the turn. At first the feelings of inclination are unusual and frightening but comparable to riding a rollercoaster.
One of the hardest things for a beginner is that the technique of inclinations means relaxed riding at maximum. It is important to understand that the control of the board – cutting or prolongation of a turn is made by inclination only. The deeper the carver inclines into the turn the shorter the carve will be. That is, the trajectory of movement is created immediately after the change of the edge and then you can focus on the basic position and balance. Or enjoy the surrounding beauty.