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04-27-2012 01:20 AM
PNWRider
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Originally Posted by jdang307 View Post
Your toes most likely hurt because of the heel lift. When you're heel lifts your basically tip toeing that whole run if you're on the toe side.
Do you mean if my heel lifts within the boot, or just toeside in general? I think I have very little heel lift with my new boots. On steeper slopes I do make the mistake of trying to tiptoe to apply toeedge pressure rather than driving the knee towards the hill and letting the boot tongue take my weight.
04-27-2012 12:26 AM
jdang307 Your toes most likely hurt because of the heel lift. When you're heel lifts your basically tip toeing that whole run if you're on the toe side.
04-24-2012 11:49 AM
PNWRider
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Originally Posted by Irahi View Post
I don't know where you heard this from, but Crystal will remain open until there's no snow left to ride on, which was all the way until July 16th last year. The snow pack is deeper now than it was at the same time last season, so it's reasonable to expect at least until June, maybe longer so long as the temperatures don't stay too high during the spring.

Your only problem will be that those last couple weeks will only see Green Valley running, and that only serves hard blue/low black terrain. By the time that rolls around you should know whether you can handle those runs or not though.
Oh, I was just quoting the current operation schedule on their website. I know that they right TBD for June and July, and I believe they were open until June or July last year, but I didn't want to count on that in case they do close early.
04-24-2012 03:16 AM
wrathfuldeity
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Originally Posted by handscreate View Post
As far as the difficulty of the runs/terrain, well I am an advocate for pushing ones self onto blues & steeper greens, as you'll be forced to put what you've learned into effect instead of just being "comfortable" riding something that you've come to know. The change in terrain is kind of like muscle confusion in a workout regimen. The more new/harder terrain you try to incorporate, the easier the stuff you know will become & you'll advance faster. However, don't bite off too much more than you can chew. It's ok to side slip a blue or steeper green the 1st time to feel it out, but try to make turns towards the bottom & then the next time going down it try to link turns as much as you comfortably can, even if it means side slipping halfway & then turning, until you're at a point where you can make turns the whole way down. This is a sport where pushing yourself (within reason) will prevent you from plateauing out & getting comfortable with what's easy & familiar. Don't confuse this with me telling you to push yourself to an unsafe riding situation, but more a friendly shove in the right direction
This is where you start riding with folks better than you and just try to mob the best you can. You will be amazed what you can pull off. And go do a double black a few times then return to a blue and you will find that you have instantly improved. Double blacks here in pnw are now very do-able filled in and corn snow.
04-24-2012 12:38 AM
Irahi
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Originally Posted by PNWRider View Post
four more weekends before Crystal closes for the season
I don't know where you heard this from, but Crystal will remain open until there's no snow left to ride on, which was all the way until July 16th last year. The snow pack is deeper now than it was at the same time last season, so it's reasonable to expect at least until June, maybe longer so long as the temperatures don't stay too high during the spring.

Your only problem will be that those last couple weeks will only see Green Valley running, and that only serves hard blue/low black terrain. By the time that rolls around you should know whether you can handle those runs or not though.
04-23-2012 10:58 PM
PNWRider
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Originally Posted by handscreate View Post
This is a sport where pushing yourself (within reason) will prevent you from plateauing out & getting comfortable with what's easy & familiar. Don't confuse this with me telling you to push yourself to an unsafe riding situation, but more a friendly shove in the right direction
Thanks handscreate, I tried to take this advice this past weekend. Went up to Crystal Mountain in WA for spring riding. Somewhat mixed results. The snow was quite choppy but I was able to link turns on some of the medium greens. Was not able to get enough speed to get through the flats at Crystal, which was quite annoying but I have only my speed fear to blame

I tried the easiest blue on the mountain but the "easiest" blue was covered in moguls and I was like "Um, ok, falling leaf on the heal edge it is". Managed to consistently link on the transition from the blue to the green which was a nice way to end the day. Caught the flu but hopefully will be recovered enough to go again on Saturday. Racing against the summer now; four more weekends before Crystal closes for the season, so I really need to step it up and link on blues before the season is out. Wish I had a camcorder to request a critique, but that will probably have to wait till next year.
04-10-2012 03:50 AM
handscreate I would suggest riding centered on your board. If your board is directional, you're likely setback a little - in which case you can widen your stance a little - maybe 1 mounting hole out from where you are. If directional, move your front binding forward 1 hole, if twin play with to find a setting that feel comfortable for you. I think you'll find it a little easier to control your board with just a little more length in the nose than the tail.

As far as the difficulty of the runs/terrain, well I am an advocate for pushing ones self onto blues & steeper greens, as you'll be forced to put what you've learned into effect instead of just being "comfortable" riding something that you've come to know. The change in terrain is kind of like muscle confusion in a workout regimen. The more new/harder terrain you try to incorporate, the easier the stuff you know will become & you'll advance faster. However, don't bite off too much more than you can chew. It's ok to side slip a blue or steeper green the 1st time to feel it out, but try to make turns towards the bottom & then the next time going down it try to link turns as much as you comfortably can, even if it means side slipping halfway & then turning, until you're at a point where you can make turns the whole way down. This is a sport where pushing yourself (within reason) will prevent you from plateauing out & getting comfortable with what's easy & familiar. Don't confuse this with me telling you to push yourself to an unsafe riding situation, but more a friendly shove in the right direction
04-10-2012 03:29 AM
PNWRider
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Originally Posted by handscreate View Post
Your instructor laughed at you for holding your pant leg? I'm sorry to hear that. My friend is a Level 3 instructor & uses that tip to teach her beginning students & more advanced who don't lean forward enough. Eventually you should drop the pant leg once you're feeling more comfortable with your stance.
Yep; on the milder green I'm able to keep my weight forward but on the steeper green, I just ignored his teasing and grabbed my pant leg regardless

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I would suggest trying your rear binding at a negative angle (angled towards the tail of the board). You will likely find it will aid in your ability to control your turns much better.
Thanks, I'll try this. One thing the instructor mentioned that made sense was that he noticed the bindings were set back from the nose of the board. He suggested moving them forward to help with the weight distribution. I'll try this too.

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I think you should develop your skills before being concerned about going faster down runs. One you have the technical skills down you'll find you'll be more comfortable riding at faster speeds since you will have built up your confidence in your ability to handle most anything (if not anything/everything) you'll encounter on the runs you're riding.
I agree with this approach! It doesn't make sense in my mind to push to harder terrain when I still have to think "front foot, then back foot, then round the knee", as opposed to it being in muscle memory. Throw in "flex the knee, now extend the knee" and I have a lot to think about without worrying about the slope as well
04-10-2012 03:07 AM
handscreate Your instructor laughed at you for holding your pant leg? I'm sorry to hear that. My friend is a Level 3 instructor & uses that tip to teach her beginning students & more advanced who don't lean forward enough. Eventually you should drop the pant leg once you're feeling more comfortable with your stance.

I would suggest trying your rear binding at a negative angle (angled towards the tail of the board). You will likely find it will aid in your ability to control your turns much better. Also, I don't think it's ever "too early" to start working on flexing & extending the knee to initiate turns. Picking it up early will help to prevent some bad habits & will help you progress a little quicker as you learn to flex your knees in & out of turns, weighting & un-weighting your body - but don't hurt yourself in an attempt to get better or you'll end up regressing instead of progressing. The speed confidence will come as you progress. I think you should develop your skills before being concerned about going faster down runs. One you have the technical skills down you'll find you'll be more comfortable riding at faster speeds since you will have built up your confidence in your ability to handle most anything (if not anything/everything) you'll encounter on the runs you're riding.
04-09-2012 04:09 PM
firstx1017 Your welcome! I have no desire to go fast - unless I'm in a car! Something about being confined in something metal I have no problem with, falling at a high speed with the possibility of breaking something or getting hurt at 52 - I have a problem with that! lol

My goal was to snowboard like I was just taking a leasurely walk, heelside, toeside and get down the mountain is enough for me. But the steeper runs - well, let's just say those aren't "leasure" runs! lol They take work and my knee is living proof of that! lol

My second year I have struggled as I started off the year with some Flow NXT AT step in bindings and I could never dial them in. No matter what I tried I felt like I could not turn the board heelside or toeside without feeling like I was going to fall. Yet, I didn't give up and kept thinking it would get better - NOT! It was like I was going backwards in my learning. Finally after 2 months my husband told me to put my old bindings back on - which I did and then I felt like I was back to where I ended the first season. However, then I decided to try a wider stance and that is when the knee problem started up and I still couldn't progress. I suffered the next two months with this pain behind my knee. Then I finally decided about three weeks ago to narrow my stance which was better, but I still hadn't dialed in my angles and was wondering if a different board would help my toeside turns engaging and WOW what a difference! Now that I FINALLY have my stance and angle and board dialed in, the season is over -

So, I can't wait until next year because I feel like this was a wasted year for me - just haven't progressed as fast as I thought I should. Time will tell!
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