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01-13-2014 06:40 PM
nillo If you can't link turns, you have absolutely no business being on a black.

@hardasacatshead I'm pretty sure a cross-over is a turn where you shift your weight (center of mass) over the board to engage one edge or the other.
01-13-2014 06:25 PM
stillz Okay, it sounds like the problem is simple speed anxiety. Basically, the steeper the slope is, the more you need to feel like you're leaning forward (down the hill) to keep the front foot weighted. Your spine should be perpendicular to the board/terrain.

If you can't align yourself with the terrain, it's too steep -- take a step back. There's no need to rush to the most challenging terrain you can survive. Take your time and ride with some style on blues before moving on to blacks. I know that sounds boring, but I would rather tear up a blue run with authority than sideslip, flail, and scorpion my way down a double diamond.

Also, I'm glad to hear you're getting a lesson. They really are worthwhile.

Edit: As for leaning into the turn, your center of mass (CM) should be balanced directly over the turning edge, achieving edge angle by flexing the joints of the lower body (angulation). If conditions are good, you can get away with leaning your CM farther inside the turn like a eurocarve (inclination), but an ice patch will put you on the ground.
01-13-2014 01:25 PM
BamaBoarder86 Sorry for taking so long to reply, work issues.

Lots of different opinions. I think my biggest issue is leaning on my back foot, especially when getting on blues and blacks. And when I lean back I probably slide my back foot around like a rudder some, if that makes sense.

Secondly, I probably do use my arms too much on steeper slopes.

One thing I have never heard (and I watched some videos on snowprofessor) is say when going from toe to heal side, I should pick up my toes on the front foot, and then follow with picking them up on my back foot when I start to turn. I have always done this at the same time, is that wrong?

I also think I probably have issues being centered over the board. So if I'm going from toe to heal side should I just pick up my toes as stated above? Or should i lean back some, whether at the beginning or during my turn?

Biggest issue I think is the speed of the blacks scare me so I lean way back and screw myself up. I can ride greens tight all day, blues fairly well. I will get a lesson this time, but just trying to get a leg up. All the info so far has been helpful.
01-09-2014 09:49 PM
CassMT just for the record, my comment above was just general, not directed at anyone...words suck for communicationing.
01-09-2014 09:32 PM
speedjason
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For fuck's sake he was telling him to shift his weight between heel and toe to initiate a turn (that's not fore-aft). It was wrong and it still is. People need to stop giving poor advice here.

I agree with you that you need to have some weight on the front foot to INITIATE the turn. Once you're into the turn though your weight needs to be centred fore-aft and stacked over the edge your turning on, as I said.

I need a beer, you fuckers are wearing me thin tonight.
hey, I didnt say shifting weight to initiate the turn. I was suspecting the edge catching during transverse is caused switching edge when the weight is not over the board. maybe I didnt word it right.
actually come to think of it are YOU telling me when you change edge there is no weight shifting at all? I was talking about weighting over edge you are turning on, not fore-aft weight shifting jesus. relax.
01-09-2014 08:17 PM
stillz Yeah, words over the internet are far from ideal. I can't accurately assess someone's riding or learning style sitting here at my computer. Some people, such as myself, benefit from an accurate, technical description of what needs to happen. I tried to be thorough without excessive wordiness.
01-09-2014 08:13 PM
ksup3erb I don't see where he says you have to shift your weight from heel to toe. Don't quite understand what he's saying actually.

Go have that beer, not sure what your problem is.
01-09-2014 08:10 PM
hardasacatshead ^ Agreed.

There's a pretty definitive line when something is outright bullshit though.
01-09-2014 08:08 PM
CassMT probably the worst way to explain anything, especially something simple like turning, is with a shitload of words on the internet.
01-09-2014 08:05 PM
hardasacatshead For fuck's sake he was telling him to shift his weight between heel and toe to initiate a turn (that's not fore-aft). It was wrong and it still is. People need to stop giving poor advice here.

I agree with you that you need to have some weight on the front foot to INITIATE the turn. Once you're into the turn though your weight needs to be centred fore-aft and stacked over the edge your turning on, as I said.

I need a beer, you fuckers are wearing me thin tonight.
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