I don't think one necessarily causes the other...
Originally Posted by therusty
Ok, so I was in a clinic last weekend and this guy says an open stance (shoulders facing somewhat in the direction of travel versus being aligned to the board and perpendicular to the direction of travel) causes more weight to be on the front foot.
It doesn't seem to me that this is necessarily true--certainly not enough to say that toeside counter causes
your weight to go back. At least when I try it here, in my office, I can twist my torso (either slightly or a bit more) and distribute my weight anywhere along the length of a 'virtual' snowboard.
My limited understanding of physics and kinematics suggests that fore/aft weight distribution is primarily influenced by the position of the cm relative to the base of support: if it's located closer to the tip of the board, you'll 'weight' the tip, vice-versa for weighting the tail. It doesn't seem--or feel--to me that having a twisted relationship between the upper/lower body significantly effects this relationship. As I stand here, at my desk, I can counter slightly and get weight fore or aft--depending on where my cm sits over my board.
At least that's what I feel.