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04-09-2013 09:29 PM
Originally Posted by stan_darsh View Post
good advice in the off season: learn to ride a skateboard...!
+1...when you skate, there is no offseason, they overlap...not the same, they compliment eachother
04-09-2013 09:17 PM
stan_darsh good advice in the off season: learn to ride a skateboard...!

it will seriously help you. a lot of people will say the two are not very similar, but the balance and control aspects you will learn will definitely help you a lot next season.

i've been skateboarding for 16 years and i've been snowboarding less than you... i just started 6 weeks ago. the skills i have learned from skateboarding had me linking turns on greens within 10 minutes, and the whole mountain by the first two days. this forum was a big help in deciding which gear to invest in, and all around an awesome place to learn from - thank you guys!

i'm not trying to sound like a jerk or come off in a bad way, i'm just sharing my experience that board sports translate from one another in many ways. skateboarding would be great cross training for you, and you'll be so much more confident with your riding if you can get good on concrete. i commend you for learning from scratch on a snowboard, i slammed so hard my first few days - i can't imagine how frustrated you got!

keep snowboarding too, it's awesome that you are at this point! from my limited experience, it gets REALLY fun from here on... as mentioned before, a lesson should help! i haven't had one yet, but might do some sort of advanced lesson next year just to make sure i'm not learning bad habits.

oh yeah - HAVE FUN!
04-09-2013 07:53 PM
CassMT oh dear, whutcha got there son is a bad habit
04-09-2013 06:52 PM
Originally Posted by CassMT View Post
getting off the chair you gotta get forward, 70/30 weight on the front foot, swing it around a bit, pressure heel or toe to stop, drag at first if you like....practice somewhere you can kick downhill and stop

you are most likely getting too far back inadvertently, then, as you know, yer fukt
haha you are right on. at this point i've figured out how to jump off into a toe side slip pretty quick and hit the deck with no injuries. at least i can fall predictably... but im gonna commit next time up to just putting the weight forward (im always sitting back too much) and just figure it out
04-09-2013 06:38 PM
CassMT getting off the chair you gotta get forward, 70/30 weight on the front foot, swing it around a bit, pressure heel or toe to stop, drag at first if you like....practice somewhere you can kick downhill and stop

you are most likely getting too far back inadvertently, then, as you know, yer fukt
04-09-2013 06:19 PM
cav0011 just a tip on the chairlift thing. When i was still new to it i figured out that if i put half my free boot on the board and half off it was a lot easier. I would basically be on my toes nad if i went too fast i would put my heel down which helped me stop.
04-09-2013 05:42 PM
nooboarder Update - went down my first black diamonds at Kirkwood! Again, not pretty but was able to link turns as long as I was cutting across the mountain. So fun. On normal blues I can link turns and on easy blues and greens I'm starting to carve and really maintain speed. Woot! Too bad season is over.

Wonder if there's anywhere to go for summer boarding and can't wait until next season...already put $49 down on a tahoe local pass

But I still basically fall off the chairlift everytime. Get lots of laughs. Overall 9 days up this season, after discovering snowboarding in late jan. Hoping to double that next year and I'll be happy camper.
04-01-2013 11:49 AM
nooboarder Thanks Snowolf! Love your advice on this forum. I have taken 3 lessons at the very beginning and they were quite helpful, so don't really want to take any more this season since I just want to keep practicing what I know I should be doing. Next season I'll probably take another lesson to see what bad habits I've picked up and try to help my technique. I've actually watched all your vids that you posted - more than once . I really like your demonstration style and it's helped me a lot.
03-30-2013 10:38 AM
nooboarder I agree --- will try to basically eliminate falling leaf. I usually ride a mix of greens and blues because I really hate limiting myself to the green parts of the mountain and really enjoy seeing the whole thing. I know this might hurt my progression in the short term, although I think hitting harder runs forces me to advance quicker too possibly.

I like how you're thinking about it heelside - strait down - toeside - strait down. This is basically what I know in my mind needs to happen, and it's not hard on shallower slopes, but I am just not confident enough at speed not to freak out during the "strait down" portion on steeps. But each day I'm sure it will become easier.
03-30-2013 12:52 AM
Originally Posted by nooboarder View Post
I tried to "carve" on some shallower parts of blue and green runs and think I was able to sort of do it (assuming carving means going from one edge to another without fully turning). On steeper parts of blues, I have to basically traverse the whole run diagonally and then turn the other way---my linked turns are super ugly but I can see how to progress from here. Basically I think comfort with speed will be key, which can only happen with more practice.
You definitely turn while you carve, the only difference being that while carving your edge is fully engaged in the snow and the back of your board isn't dragging/slipping/speed checking. The track you leave while be a thin line of your board edge instead of the wider, messier track of a skidded turn. You're able to go a lot faster while carving and you lean into your turn/carve a lot harder than for skidded turns.

While learning your linked turns I'd suggest learning on greens and shallower blues. It's a lot better to get the technique down right than to "be able to make it down harder hills without falling." If you're not able to link turns on a hill because of its steepness/difficulty, avoid that run if possible until you're more comfortable.
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