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03-17-2014 03:22 AM
Consonantal Didn't bother reading all the posts, but for me, rails are just another aspect/element of difficulty in snowboarding and that's why I like them.

I can totally see where you're coming from because rails can seem "artificial" (as opposed to getting airborne) but I appreciate watching the art of manipulating your board on and off a jib.

Without a terrain park, I wouldn't be snowboarding. Yeah hitting pow and going down big runs is fun and all, but it can repetitive. I love the inherently challenging nature of park riding.
03-10-2014 06:07 PM
Originally Posted by BurtonAvenger View Post
Yep I'm the asshole because I believe having a concept of edge control correlates to understanding how to ride a snowboard. Man I must but such a dick too because I believe turning is more a fundamental then hitting a jump.

03-10-2014 04:44 PM
Originally Posted by jtg View Post
This doesn't make them idiots, it just makes you an asshole, FYI
Yep I'm the asshole because I believe having a concept of edge control correlates to understanding how to ride a snowboard. Man I must but such a dick too because I believe turning is more a fundamental then hitting a jump.
03-10-2014 01:07 PM
kalev Growing up skateboarding, rails were a part of daily life. So it only makes sense that they are part of snowboarding

Personally not a park fan (even when I used to skate). I like the freedom and the sense of exploration that can't be found inside the confines of a park. If I wasn't so old and brittle, I'd love to hit some 'street' features. Love the idea of cruising around town scoping out different spots, getting all set-up, hitting the feature only a couple of times before possibly be chased away by security

Oh to be 15 again
03-10-2014 03:20 AM
wrathfuldeity Thankfully there are no damm rails at my I don't have to think about or worry about them. However they would be useful in that if they were at the hill and were popular they would keep the darn rats off my pow.
03-10-2014 03:07 AM
tokyo_dom I dont disagree, but to be fair, on that 25foot down rail you could bail to the side at any time - you would have to be in fairly good control to make it all the way down. Bailing on jumps anywhere after you hit the lip always seems to end painfully

But there is something scary about aproaching a downwards rail. Yesterday I hit 2 successive 20 footers (just practicing shifties), then lined up for a bs boardslide on a 10 foot downwards rail which was practically roll-on, but got scared and bailed last minute.

No idea why but i couldnt do it. Took me ages to work up the courage to go from 50-50 to boardslide on straight rails too. Its weird, because with Jumps most of the mental block only happens on the lift looking at the size/length of the kicker as i am going up, once i line up in front of it i am already 100% commited...
03-10-2014 02:39 AM
john doe
Originally Posted by SnowDogWax View Post
Sweet spot on a jump after a perfect tweaked grab has to be just a little more of a thrill.
It depends on what rail and what jump. Boardsliding a 25ft long ollie on down rail where you gain a lot of speed while on the rail has higher consequences and a higher thrill then your average 15ft jump. Shit, there have been ride on down boxes that I'm more scared to 50-50 then to hit the 30ft jump.
03-09-2014 08:29 PM
Originally Posted by neni View Post
Dressage may appear boring at first glace, it's not about speed and hight like XC, it's all about precision. Being good at dressage requires most skills.

And I assume, "slipping down" rails - as trivial as it sounds - requires an awful lot of balance and precision. Is this complete BS or an valid analogy?
Not exactly. I'm an event rider (with a love for dressage), not rail rider, but I'd say snowboard rails is more like stadium than dressage. Both require balance, precision, and speed. XC does as well, you know it's a whole lot more than just gallop and go For stadium all you need is flat ground, some standards, and some (jump) rails at its simplest.

If anything with regard to your analogy, I'd say dressage is more like snowboard flatground tricks. Precision, balance, and skill as more of an art form. Not so much speed, but power in dressage.
03-09-2014 08:06 PM
andrewdod honestly... i ride them because they are there and they are offering a challenge to me... this year my goal is to get better at rails and im doing just that... and having a blast doing it.... going to perfect my boardslide tomorrow too btw!
03-09-2014 07:53 PM
tokyo_dom F1EA, actually i am still a bit unsure which has least margin for errors/injury possibilities; kickers or rails

Kickers have a very real potential to do a lot of damage. Spine injuries, concussions etc. And thats not even the big ones - i think it was Sabatoa that broke his back last year on what looked to be a 10-15footer.

By contrast, the bad injuries from rails would probably be more like broken arms, face/teeth, preventable head injuries (I know there is a medical term for it - i mean like hitting your head on the corner of a rail/box at slower speeds - something a helmet can be very helpful for).

Of course neither are all that much fun, but the rail stuff is more 'superficial'.

I say this having nearly ended my day when i overshot a landing of a tiny (10 foot if that) kicker, landing on my hip and having trouble concentrating on anything after that.
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