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Old 12-17-2010, 08:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What are you talking about, on groomers or on powder? I think personally steep groomers are more difficult then pow since you have to commit far more to sticking your edge and transitioning then you do in powder,(you also gain more speed).

Initially steep terrain scares you into side-slipping and avoiding your transition because since the pitch is so high; you gain speed far faster then you are used to. This means that you have to be in control as soon as you drop in since too much speed on certain terrain = out of control = crash.

In order to be in control you need to get a decent amount of turns in depending on the steepness in order to keep yourself at a controllable speed. Not committing to your turns is not an option, because the less turns you make the more out-of-control your going to get. I suggest finding a steep groomer, and practicing slowly your transition from front to back, making a full/close to full stop between each turn in order to keep your speed down and familiarize yourself with how it feels.

The more you do this, the less sketchy making turns on steep terrain is going to feel and pretty soon you will be able to connect fluid turns without having to speed check yourself. Like any other terrain, it's mostly just a process of getting used to the feeling associated with your body moving at a faster speed then you are used too and keeping in control.

Also, be aware of the conditions! Have the groomers been chopped/moguled up? Has the pow been compacted into crud? Taking these conditions into effect with your riding is important because fucked up snow greatly increases your chances of eating shit when going fast, especially on steep terrain. You can be doing everything right and hit an ice patch/mogul hump and it will completely throw you for a loop.
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