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Old 01-09-06, 07:23 PM   #1
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some help for when i am out on the slopes.

hello any snowboarders/skiers out there.

the winter is upon us, so i have been snowboarding twice this season so far. and i went twice last season. so i am fairly new. i got a board this christmas, i used a rental the first two times.

the new board is really 'responsive' the guy said it would be hard the first couple times but once i got better the board would be great. so. . .to my question.

when i am going down, and i pick up speed. i stop on my heel side, just to get down to a better speed, and then hop 180 and continue. i see people carving in and out. i tired it, but it sent my flipping down the hill. does anyone have any tips for me? they would be GREATLY appreciated.
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Sounds about right This is a question for snowboarders, since the technique for carving on skis is different. I'm in the same boat as you on the board
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i am pretty good on the balence end, but thanks for the tip anyway.

it is the only way i have seen people keep a pace down the hill though. i dont like to stop like that and then startup again. i want a little more 'rythmic' way of doing it.
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I haven't snowboard for 2 years now.....will go next weekend (Camelback) and the weekend after (Mt. Snow).

I got my board 3 years ago (after renting 3 times), and here's my progress.

Year 1: Snowboarded about 3 times....I stayed on the greens. I tried linking my turns, but couldn't, I would always catch the downhill edge and flip over. So, basically I just did the leaf thing. I'll be on my heel edge going down....going from one end of the trail to the other (like a leaf). Then, I would turn around and face UP the mountain and use my toe edge and do the same thing.

At the end of year one, if I go slow enough, I was able to link my turns (going down in an "S" shape). I find that when I went on blue trails, it was more difficult for me to link my turn because I was going down faster than I was used to. On some "steep" parts of the blue trails, I would just snowplow down.

Year 2: I think I went 2 times (both up in Vermont). Surprisingly, linking my turns wasn't that difficult. I also started going down the easier blue trails. And I was able to link my turns......but as the speed picked up, I would just snow plow it a little to slow it down a bit. I think the secret is to find a good pace. You can't really link your turns when you're going too slow. It takes momentum. When you go from one edge to another, you lean your body pretty far down (just like when you corner hard on your bike), but somehow, you don't fall over. It feels like there's an invisible rubberband and as you stretch it, it gets tighter, and that's when you know, you have to spring back up and get on the other edge, once your on your other edge, you'll feel the rubberband effect and you get pulled back up and you get on the other edge......

Year 3: Didn't go at all.

Year 4: Will report in next week

Happy riding dude.

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One more thing that I found was helpful.....try to put more weight on your front leg. But that helped me. When I was going down fast, I was afraid and my body would automatically lean back, putting most of my weight on my rear leg. When you do that, you don't have much control of the board (at least for me).

When you put 70% of your weight on your front leg, you can use your rear legs to pivot the board and steer it. Again, I am by no means good at snowboarding. So, take my opinion with a grain of salt....I'm posting it just because it was something that helped me.

PS - What board/binding/boot did you get? I used to be super addicted to it and know all the gear and knew what was hot and what was not. But no more. I don't even know the size of my board.
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I'm thinking you guys will have more fun and will want to hit the slopes more often in the powder over here
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Yeah, rub it in, why don't you

I will fly out to CO one of these days and experience "real" powder.
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Yeah, rub it in, why don't you

I will fly out to CO one of these days and experience "real" powder.
You should, I'm out in CO right now, yee haw!
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One more thing that I found was helpful.....try to put more weight on your front leg. But that helped me. When I was going down fast, I was afraid and my body would automatically lean back, putting most of my weight on my rear leg. When you do that, you don't have much control of the board (at least for me).

When you put 70% of your weight on your front leg, you can use your rear legs to pivot the board and steer it. Again, I am by no means good at snowboarding. So, take my opinion with a grain of salt....I'm posting it just because it was something that helped me.

PS - What board/binding/boot did you get? I used to be super addicted to it and know all the gear and knew what was hot and what was not. But no more. I don't even know the size of my board.
thanks, i am not sure how much that helped me untill i can actaully try and do it. . .

i find i am more stable on flatter terrain when i weight my back foot, but ones it gets speedy i push my weight to the center and more towards the front when i *attempt* to do some s turns.

i got a 05 k2 push (nice board and cheap since it was last years model) with 06 k2 v8 bindings (i really, really like them) and 06 burton moto boots. the boots have this thing you pull and it tightens the whole boot up, it works real good.
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Just got back from Camelback. It was freezing and the conditions sucked. It was so damn icy. And to top it off, it was sooooooooooooo windy. But I still had fun!

My board is a scratched up Salomon Prospect (154) with Burton bindings (not sure which model) & Burton Ruler boots. I purchased this package back in the 2001/2002 season.

This time, I stayed on the green trails more (they're longer). But I did go down a few blues as well. Surprisingly, after 2 - 3 runs, it all came back to me. I was able to link my turns.

The secret is to gain enough speed. If you're going too slow, you'll never be able to do it. You'll just end up catching the downhill edge and fall. But if you're going fast enough, momentum should be on your side and you should be able to lean on one edge, bounce off, and lean on the other edge pretty easily.

Have fun & be safe out there! I'll be heading to VT (Mt. Snow) this coming weekend for 2 days of fun in the snow.

PS - Does anyone know a good forum for snowboarding? I see a few forums for skiing, but these forums don't include snowboarders. If you know a really active forum that includes snowboarding, please let me know.
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