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Old 01-27-2013, 07:41 PM   #231 (permalink)
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I feel like I'm only qualified to post in Off-topic since I've only just completed my 3rd day snowboarding today. Yep, that's right..I didn't leave the forum, I've been in Snowshoe with absolutely no cell signal and no wifi for 3 days...
3 days eh?? So,.. How'd it go?
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:35 PM   #232 (permalink)
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I feel like I'm only qualified to post in Off-topic since I've only just completed my 3rd day snowboarding today. Yep, that's right..I didn't leave the forum, I've been in Snowshoe with absolutely no cell signal and no wifi for 3 days. But anyway, I still do read the other topics, just wouldn't know what to say.
Well, here's what ya do, head over to the trip reports section. Start a thread about the experience. Did you take lessons? If so, how were they? Did you rent gear? If so, where, and how was the service? Anything outstanding about the trip? Anything to complain about? These are things that riders of any ability like to know. Actually, reading about others trips is one of the main reasons I've stuck around here so long.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:43 PM   #233 (permalink)
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3 days eh?? So,.. How'd it go?

My first day was a week ago in another resort and it was very icy and slushy and I just kept falling. My second and third days..well I couldn't practice as much as I wanted because it was my children's first time skiing and I spent a lot of time with them, but I can do basic stuff like heelside turns and heelside traverses and toeside side slipping. I can't do toeside turns very well and when the board decides to go goofy on me, it's a toss-up whether I can heel turn my way to get back the regular way or I just fall.
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...I can do basic stuff like heelside turns and heelside traverses and toeside side slipping. I can't do toeside turns very well and when the board decides to go goofy on me, it's a toss-up whether I can heel turn my way to get back the regular way or I just fall.
I had similar issues with getting switch when I turned toeside. The advice I got was to watch my shoulder alignment AND keep my weight off the back foot when I was turning. That will definitely cause the tail of the board to swing all the way around especially if you're keeping your shoulders open & rotated into the turn! Once I started paying attention to that, the turns got easier, AND I wasn't afraid of getting switch early on!!! A nice bonus!
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:29 PM   #235 (permalink)
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Well, here's what ya do, head over to the trip reports section. Start a thread about the experience. Did you take lessons? If so, how were they? Did you rent gear? If so, where, and how was the service? Anything outstanding about the trip? Anything to complain about? These are things that riders of any ability like to know. Actually, reading about others trips is one of the main reasons I've stuck around here so long.
Good idea. I may do that.

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I had similar issues with getting switch when I turned toeside. The advice I got was to watch my shoulder alignment AND keep my weight off the back foot when I was turning. That will definitely cause the tail of the board to swing all the way around especially if you're keeping your shoulders open & rotated into the turn! Once I started paying attention to that, the turns got easier, AND I wasn't afraid of getting switch early on!!! A nice bonus!
Thanks for the tip! I'm hoping to make at least two more trips before the end of the season. We are 6 hours drive from Snowshoe and live at the beach (I'm sure you figured that.)
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...Thanks for the tip! I'm hoping to make at least two more trips before the end of the season. We are 6 hours drive from Snowshoe and live at the beach (I'm sure you figured that.)
Another tip that helped me get comfortable with my turns was to use my lead arm to steer me. Hold your lead arm out & use it to point & steer your turns. The board will tend to turn & go where you point your shoulders.

This clip will give you an idea of what I'm talking about. This is from my switch riding lesson last Feb. 2012. But it applies to riding regular/goofy as well! As you can see I'm awkward & tentative about it, but this is exactly what I did riding regular to get comfortable with turning and keeping my shoulders basically in line with the board! Now, I get switch whenever I can, on blues & even some parts of the black runs up @ Boyne!!!
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...and in case you doubt how effective this technique can be, and how fast you can progress once you get comfortable,.. this is me riding switch within a day of getting back from Boyne at one of our local hills. The camera is mounted to my lead foot binding so all the views back up the hill is me switch!

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Yeah!!! ...but I still managed to learn to ride, and I get switch better than U guy's!!! (Thanks for pointing that out to me back then BTW! My wider stance now is definitely better!)
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Yeah!!! ...but I still managed to learn to ride, and I get switch better than U guy's!!! (Thanks for pointing that out to me back then BTW! My wider stance now is definitely better!)
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Another tip that helped me get comfortable with my turns was to use my lead arm to steer me. Hold your lead arm out & use it to point & steer your turns. The board will tend to turn & go where you point your shoulders.
Is that why when I did a "two thumbs up" I fell on my ass?!

I really appreciate your help. I can't wait to try it out as I'm sure that will help me a lot. My first day out I was just overwhelmed with everything and I think the voice in my head was probably too busy going "oh shit, oh shit, oh shit" instead of "hmm what techniques can I incorporate to become a better rider?"
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