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02-14-2011 08:32 AM
whiskaz
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Originally Posted by Catman View Post
We ride about 130 days a season give or take.
Wow! You must be really close to the slopes. I take it you guys go out a lot after work/school I'll be lucky to reach double digits for myself this season.
02-12-2011 10:54 PM
Catman
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Actuallly its not too much as long as the width of stance isn't too wide. I wouldn't set up a perfect duck stance for a person when first learning. Its better to have a higher angle on the front foot with a lower one on the back. Also typically a riders combination of angles shouldn't be greater then 30. you will notice with the suggest angle setup that it is below 20. But this could change depending on the individual. If you have information/facts to why you believe that +12, -6 is too much please let me know where your information is coming from. I'm always eager to expand my knowledge base.
I find working with little kids (3-6) Their knees and legs last longer with a mild stance.And when they fall and happen to roll with the torso and hips twisting a mild set up allows their knees to flex the same either direction meaning if they were at a 12+ they have already lost 12 degrees of knee rotation in one direction. Did I explain that clear enough if not I can try againThat is my opinion from trial and error

I only say equal right now for her first few times because she is probably doing some drifting so why not let her get used to switch whatever that may be.
02-12-2011 10:43 PM
Catman We ride about 130 days a season give or take.
02-11-2011 04:43 PM
Nefarious Find a way to make the drive fun for her. Set up some rituals that a kid would look forward to along the way. Favorite place to eat/ buy her something. It's borderline bribery, but better than risking an early burnout caused by car rides. As for stance and width, at her age and ability minor adjustments won't yield mind blowing results. Ask her and make sure she's comfortable, past that...just let her progress and have fun. Once she starts feeling the flow of the board, she'll want to learn and progress on her own ambition.

Either way this is super inspirational. As the father of a 2 year old boy, I've got big dreams of shredding. I'll never force him, but I'd love to go and hit the slopes with him. Keep having fun!
02-11-2011 03:52 PM
whiskaz Lots of different advice - I like it. I may try adjusting some things to see how it goes.

She was pretty good at keeping her knees bent (something she did pick up really well from her lesson!). At one point she got them nice and bent, kinda low, good from. I praised the heck out of her

We'll be riding Snowshoe together in 2 weeks. Hoping for another fun day.

Catman, how many days per season has your son put in since he started (per season)? Do you live close to the mountain you ride most? Wisp is a relatively quick drive for us - 2-2.5 hours but the mountain is SMALL. It's perfect for her but I don't really want to drop money on a season pass for myself just to take her every weekend, all because it's close. Snowshoe is 3 hours away and my preference for riding (and a season pass is cheap if purchased early enough). I'm just not sure how she'll handle the drive if done very often!
02-11-2011 03:26 PM
pencap75
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Gotcha. Yea, like I said, I noticed here doing it right off (of course when she turned to look back at me, he shoulders would become more parallel to the board, but when she turned to look back down the hill, her shoulders would rotate too). I tried to get her to put that arm back but she wasn't listening. Maybe I'll try adjusting her stance for next time.

How about her stance width, in the pic with the instructor. Does it look too wide? I wasn't sure. The instructor said it was OK.

Wide stance width is fine since it lowers her center of gravity, which will make her more stable.
I find it funny when I see novice snowboarders standing straight up in the air, totally unstable.

With my wife, in addition to foward stance, I also widened her stance slightly so that she bends her knees more, stays low, with a lower center of gravity and therefore more stable.

You never know, one day she might end up being the female Shaun White.
02-11-2011 03:17 PM
gjsnowboarder
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That is NOT a good for a 5 year old that is way too much angle for their developing knees. At the max they should be 3+ to 3- after they get the feel for riding.
Actuallly its not too much as long as the width of stance isn't too wide. I wouldn't set up a perfect duck stance for a person when first learning. Its better to have a higher angle on the front foot with a lower one on the back. Also typically a riders combination of angles shouldn't be greater then 30. you will notice with the suggest angle setup that it is below 20. But this could change depending on the individual. If you have information/facts to why you believe that +12, -6 is too much please let me know where your information is coming from. I'm always eager to expand my knowledge base.
02-11-2011 02:47 PM
Catman
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Do not go 0,0(neutral stance is neither duck nor forward) for her stance. It limits the range of movement a person has because it blocks the hips. When I teach beginners typically a good stance is roughly shoulder width to a little wider for the stance width, and +12,-6 for the back. I would probably take an inch of her width judging from the pictures.
That is NOT a good for a 5 year old that is way too much angle for their developing knees. At the max they should be 3+ to 3- after they get the feel for riding.
02-11-2011 09:43 AM
gjsnowboarder Do not go 0,0(neutral stance is neither duck nor forward) for her stance. It limits the range of movement a person has because it blocks the hips. When I teach beginners typically a good stance is roughly shoulder width to a little wider for the stance width, and +12,-6 for the back. I would probably take an inch of her width judging from the pictures.
02-11-2011 12:10 AM
Catman That is awesome! I am glad you both had fun.She is cute as a button too.

As with the stance I would try it 0 front and rear just so it feels the same both ways. Remember this is a totally new feeling to her and she could ride switch as good as regular right now so why not teach it.

The harness is a great tool on the open slopes it is a must until you feel she can turn and or stop to avoid getting hurt.Better safe and ride everyday than all out for one

Again glad it went well!
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