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|02-25-2013 10:57 PM|
Confidently riding one-footed takes a lot of practice, and I don't claim to be an expert at it. I do know that any rotation in the upper body will eventually transfer to the board (pivot). This often results in a heelside washout, so keep the shoulders steady relative to the board.
Also, I can't edge aggressively with my free foot. I have to be gentle with the free foot. Instead of trying to apply pressure to my edges per se, I pressure more toward the center of the board, but on the heel or toe side of center to shape turns, like I'm using the back of the ball of my foot and the front of my heel instead of the ends of my boot. That may be a clumsy explanation, but hopefully it makes some sense. It's just a different mental approach to steering the board, but it has helped me.
|02-20-2013 11:22 AM|
Originally Posted by freetheanimals View Post
Beginner chairs are often fixed chairs, i.e. the chair doesn't slow down when you exit. They make the slope steep so that if you fall down the chair goes over you rather than hitting you. This is cold comfort for you as you have to skate down a steep slope but there is method to the madness.
I haven't read the whole thread but you seem to be getting lots of good advice, it gets better over time, and remember you are one lucky dog to be able to go to whistler so frequently.
|02-20-2013 10:33 AM|
You caught an edge while turning right and fell forward, is your left foot strapped in? If so it sounds like you are leaning over the edge of the board and just falling over. You shouldn't be able to catch your toe side edge with your weight on your front foot only. Also if you are going too slow and trying to force a turn , you'll just fall over. Strap your board on carpet and and pickup your rear foot , rock heel and toe side. This is how it should feel getting off the lift.
After reading your other post I wonder if you leaning on your rear foot when you get nervous off the lift. If you lean on your rear foot , it will bring the rear foot around and you WILL catch the edge, Bad. Knee pad will help with impact, a brace can also be used as a preventive measure.
|02-19-2013 06:03 PM|
Still struggling with steering the board while skating
I have been practicing LOTS at the Whistler learning area and focusing on some fundamentals, including skating with one foot in the bindings and forcing myself to face my demons with the chair lift often. Today, I did have another bad fall while offloading, though I didn't tweak my knee badly. Again, several skiers stood in the offload area. Since I am still not proficient at steering with just one foot in I did focus on straight ahead. And that worked fine, until I realized one of the skiers just stood right in front of me and stared at me not moving. To avoid hitting her I ever so slightly put pressure on my front foot to try to maneuver the board to the right. The result: I did go right but my board caught an edge and I went flying forward. This really scared me because I met a guy the other day who said he wrecked his knee by falling while he had one foot in the bindings. I will keep practicing but of all the skills I'm learning, one foot in the bindings while skating worries me the most because of potential injury.
On a more positive note, my turns are improving! I had picked up a bad habit of kicking my back foot to finish the turn but have worked hard to avoid doing that and relying more on the front foot. I'm also doing better with straight runs even though the speed freaks me out a bit.
|02-19-2013 12:56 PM|
|wrathfuldeity||If you are getting off the chair and there is a pile up...if you are on the side just do an immediate cut right or left or just do a controlled sit down and then roll off to the side...thus avioding plowing into others and/or an uncontrolled fall and injuring yourself or others. Its a hassle but better than ruiniing your or somebody elses day or season.|
|02-19-2013 12:46 PM|
For getting off the lift what helped me the most was to think of 2 things: keep my board straight and reach for the front of my board with my front hand. Keeps the weight forward. To turn I put my toe over the front of the board. You can drag that foot hanging over to slow down.
I just look forward, where I'm going. I had a habit of focusing on some ice on the side of the lift and freaking out. I always wear knee pads. My husband has been riding a long time and he always wears them. These are pretty small foam ones. Not only to they help if you fall, they're warm for sitting in snow. I used to wear the hard plastic ones. They're good too.
|02-17-2013 07:43 PM|
Originally Posted by edlo View Post
And sometimes you can be setting up for a nice normal dismount and some asshat will choose that moment to cut through the landing area. If I don't have time to bellow or evade, I'm happy to run over his toes or shoulder-check him. The point is not to assume that you are the one at fault and that you have to accommodate. If someone does something stupid I absolutely will not sacrifice myself for their sake. My wife did that on boxing day and she's still not back on skis yet. So if it's me or you, you're going down.
|02-17-2013 05:16 PM|
Originally Posted by Donutz View Post
|02-17-2013 11:34 AM|
Padding for old guys
I'm an old dude snowboarding as well, just turned 46. I've been boarding for a lot of years, but generally only a few days a year, since I don't live by mountains. I've become what I would consider intermediate-advanced on all activities that don't involve leaving the ground...old remember?
For skating, or more accurately, sliding with 1 foot in, what helped me was something that has already been mentioned: push HARD against the back binding so your back foot is locked. Slide your foot a LITTLE bit towards the edge you need to use, then put even weight on both feet. Consciously use your front foot to lift the non edge side of the board, and also use your front foot to hold that edge.
One thing that hasn't been mentioned is protective gear. I would guess most 20somethings will say suck it up, but for us older crowd, it HURTS to fall in hard pack or ice. Even something as simple as falling on your ass getting off of the lift can jar my back and make the rest of the day suck. I now wear padded shorts and knee pads. Falls like I'm describing hurt a LOT less. Instead of getting all twisted up and wrenching a knee, I just fall on my well padded ass.
|02-17-2013 09:15 AM|
Originally Posted by edlo View Post
There's "inconsiderate" and there's "just plain stupid". Stopping at the exit of the landing area is inconsiderate but you can get around it. Walking right through the landing area for instance is just plain stupid and those people need a wake-up call. I've run right over the equipment of people who do that, and actually straight-armed one guy.
I'm not normally a rude fuck a la BurtonAvenger but the guy's got some good points on some issues. There are people who are so dense that saying something polite like "Excuse me kind sir. Could I trouble you to move your Grey Poupon elsewhere?" just does nothing.
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