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01-13-2012 07:50 PM
AAA Work at it on a gentle green hill, keeping your base dead flat and your body aligned dead straight over the board. Bent knees, no rotation. No cheating with subtle edge pressure. You'll feel the board get squirrely under your feet, shimmying back and forth. It's unnerving, but if you maintain your composure and stance, you'll reach a point where you get comfortable with this. The subtle oscillations will self correct. You'll learn at what point the board kicks too far out of line and slams you, and when you need to consciously correct. Sometimes (usually the faster you go), it's just too late. Whatever you do, MAKE SURE YOU KEEP IN CONTROL AND CAN STOP OR AVOID A COLLISION with others on the mountain. I can't stress that enough, and will say that MOST of the straightliners I see are grossly out of control and are serious hazard to other people. I and others get slammed by these jagoffs every year...skiiers and boarders alike.

Years ago, I was in a closed course, Super G race on a black diamond run in glare ice conditions. The 8 or so gates were spaced so wide apart, that you could take a beeline to the bottom if you lined up right. We all talked about how the winner would be the person with the biggest stones to flatbase all the way down, without feathering an edge. We all lamented over the ominous fact...that someone WAS going to get hurt. Sure 'nuff, one of the girls got slammed and hauled off unconscious by the ski patrol. We did the math, based on run length and time, and estimated speeds around 55 mph. It was "interesting" under controlled conditions, but definitely NOT something to do on a run opened to the public.
01-13-2012 09:00 AM
TXBDan Thanks for all the input. I guess i'll just keep practicing and I'll try to remember more of exactly what is happening so i can report back if need be.

Thanks
01-12-2012 05:02 PM
WetWork999 First time back on a board after > 10yrs. GF bought me a Burton Barracuda and boots and bindings. We went to Mountain High and I started on Blues and had no problem getting off the lift or getting down the hill for that matter.

After several runs I decided to hit some of the boxes which proved to be a bad idea. Bravado got the better of me. Anyways, I got onto the box with no problem and then my board started to spin and well, after that I turned into a yard sale (goggles and hat one way and me another)

I need to get in a few more days to get my legs back but I had a blast. I also need to work on tracking straight. Thanks for all who offered advice.

~A
01-12-2012 01:31 PM
Snowferret
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Originally Posted by Gustov View Post
start on a smaller, flatter hill. if you've done it before, you need to get your muscle memory back. i don't go straight for the blacks on my first run of the season.
That's good advice... The problem is I've been out of it for too long (used to ride in high school and since then I've gone 1 in the last 5 years til yesterday). I'm in eastern Canada and we've had a really mild winter, they started making snow on Dec. 11th and didn't open the slopes til Jan. 7th. And yesterday they only had 2 runs open, a bunny hill and the main advanced run. Except I didn't know it was advanced. I saw the shapes and colors and was thinking the black diamond meant easy or intermediate or something. Later on (when I got home) I realized I was on the advanced run. Now I'm all kinds of sore Back at it tomorrow! (They have at least one more open now)
01-12-2012 12:50 PM
Gustov
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Originally Posted by Snowferret View Post
K I'm new to this forum and rusty at snowboarding but I finally started my season yesterday ...

I have the complete opposite problem. Whenever I hit a steep spot I forget everything I know, and just go straight and missile down the hill. The guy at the chair lift saw me zoomin down the hill and was like "Ha think you can go any faster??" I get nervous to turn/carve/anything thinkin the board will catch and I'll go flying.
start on a smaller, flatter hill. if you've done it before, you need to get your muscle memory back. i don't go straight for the blacks on my first run of the season.
01-12-2012 12:33 PM
Snowferret K I'm new to this forum and rusty at snowboarding but I finally started my season yesterday ...

I have the complete opposite problem. Whenever I hit a steep spot I forget everything I know, and just go straight and missile down the hill. The guy at the chair lift saw me zoomin down the hill and was like "Ha think you can go any faster??" I get nervous to turn/carve/anything thinkin the board will catch and I'll go flying.
01-12-2012 11:07 AM
david_z
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Originally Posted by wrathfuldeity View Post
Yes loose and balanced...but no you can't react fast enough for bumps ruts and stuff...that's why you keep loose and learn to "float" over them. You get in trouble trying to react to them...cause you will stiffen/tighten up and get tossed. Floating is keeping your body balanced and going in the intended direction...directly down the fall line...thus no edges to catch. The having your legs loose...usually sucking up the knees to absorb the bumps and if you get air time...just keep compacted (i.e., no flaying about) and absorb landing...don't try to turn or slow down until you are back in contact with the snow.
Yeah you're right I guess "react" was maybe a poor choice of words since my "reaction" to these conditions is pretty much just what you describe: floating and absorbing the chatter with your knees rather than trying to muscle through it, and especially not stiffening up.

Also to OP check your speed whenever you get too fast for comfort!
01-12-2012 10:53 AM
moondoggy when i first learning how to go straight, i used to put pressure on both edges on different leg (i.e. front foot heel, back foot toe, or vice versa). now i just become lazy and stand still, which may not work to my advantage these days because i'm so accustomed to it that i just stand there on most runs that i do.
01-11-2012 07:53 PM
The111 I am not by any means an expert, but I have found that on long flats where I need to go as straight and fast as possible, I actually weight my BACK foot. Or maybe I am just weighting evenly, and to me it feels like I'm too far back since I'm used to being further forward when riding more dynamically.

Basically though I take a lot of weight off my front foot, and crouch down to limit wind resistance, and rest my elbows (and therefore my entire upper body) on my back knee. This helps keep my hips/chest/shoulders parallel to the board (which is much different than how I twist them when carving), and I can also get very slightly on either edge and go ALMOST straight. In my mind it is preferable to be going ALMOST straight (but on an edge)... true you have to cover slightly more distance, but you decrease the friction between the board and the snow by more than enough to make up for it. I find it easy in the position I described to rock from rail to rail every so gently and give the illusion that I am going straight, but keep greater control and speed. Plus, I hate being 100% flat because I am always paranoid the wrong rail will catch first if the board starts drifting.
01-11-2012 07:40 PM
IdahoFreshies
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Leo has a great point.
oh good job, now he is going to start doing an "i told you so" victory dance
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