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01-21-2013 07:32 PM
t21 on that second vid.around 2:50 was some tight run between rocks but that too is what i strive for on real narrow steeps and chutes. on OP's vid,have anyone notice two boarders sitting on the middle of that run??
01-20-2013 01:43 PM
Steep chutes, blacks, double blacks. Question regarding technique.

Originally Posted by Kevin.Brock View Post
Am I the only one that thought his face was straight out of a horror movie at 2:57 lol
Haha true!
01-13-2013 10:10 PM
Originally Posted by AIRider View Post
Here's a "goal" video for me! these guys seem a little more efficient in riding chutes!

1:35 to 1:50 is what I need to improve, going toe/heel really smooth. When I do it, it's very choppy, and doesn't look elegant.
Am I the only one that thought his face was straight out of a horror movie at 2:57 lol
01-11-2013 02:16 PM
Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post

Flexion and extension and their timing:

Get as low as you can possibly get ( make it hurt a little) and retract the front leg as you shift forward. Extend through apex to increase edge pressure then as you shift aft, retract that rear leg to get low through completion.
I think I get everything except this. I guess the question is, how do you down unweight for the edge change if you are already low at the completion of the turn?
01-08-2013 09:44 PM
deeppowder Having grown up with my dad being a skier, I board and ski, but there have been lots of times he has taken me down some narrow shoots when im boarding that are much more favorable to be on ski's. I thought the guy could have made some smoother turns when it opened up a little.
01-08-2013 08:49 PM
t21 Originally posted by Snowolf
Lastly, when things start to go to shit on you......BEND SOMETHING![/QUOTE]

i concur this advice! when i suddenly hit an ice patch, i bend down or unweight. that saved me a ton from crashing
01-08-2013 08:41 PM
Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
Lastly, when things start to go to shit on you......BEND SOMETHING!
Probably the best riding advice ever - and one of the hardest, most unnatural things to do. When your mind is screaming to lock your legs, that exactly when you need to be loose and bend those knees. It's a bad habit I still catch myself doing sometimes, especially when I'm tired and need to hang it up for the day.
01-08-2013 06:27 PM
AIRider So much great info here!! Thank you all! This is why I love this forum, everyone's pitching in with ideas, techniques and tips. Love it.

Now, off to the mountain to find some steeps and practice...
01-08-2013 04:42 PM
ShredLife the first video is how not to do it. the guy is riding like its the last run of the day - or he's just out of shape. he isn't bending his knees! he's riding standing up, stiff legged, throwing his center of gravity from toeside to heel thru his stood up torso its crap riding. he's falling over and grabbing onto the hill on every third turn...

the second video is how to do it, regardless of the conditions. take it down the fall line, not back and forth all swishy swashy across the whole area... i'm not saying you can't bleed of speed - watch the second video, they turn completely sideways to have total control over speed when they need to - you don't need POW to ride like that. every time they're going perpendicular to the fall line and either stopping or getting that face shot you can do that on fucking ice, you can do that on top of moguls, you can do it in a box with a fox wearing sox.

the key is to do it using your legs, bending your knees, and keeping your upper body centered and quiet. you can lean way over and drag a hand on a huge high-speed pow turn, but you should be centered in an athletic position and moving pretty much down the fall line - even if you do have to sideslip a part or something.
01-08-2013 04:18 PM
sabatoa Before I comment, full disclosure:

I'm an intermediate rider, I like riding "steep" Michigan blacks and have zero experience with anything out west yet or chutes. So I might be talking out of my ass here.

As he approached and entered the chute I'd probably handle it the way he did. Feel my way through it and make it out. But once he cleared the chute he was wide open and really could have opened up the throttle and had some sweet turns.

I would have pointed my nose down and had some fun with that, the snow looked great.
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