I started snowboarding in Jan. and have been to 6 mountains getting a lot of time snow time. I have been on the lifts since mountain 2, most using the detachable lifts (is that what they are called)...the ones that slow down to unload. I fell off maybe once in the beginning, otherwise, was good. I was using rental beginner Burton Boards. I think they all had stomp pads. Last week I got a killer deal on a 141 Burton Sweet Tooth. It is flat and glassy on the top and no stomp pad. You guessed it, all last weekend at Crotched Mt. and Pats Peak, I fell off EVERY lift. I could not do it. I felt like an idiot. Can I blame the new board?
I will get a stomp pad for sure but, what the heck?
Just make sure you don't put the stomp pad in the middle of your board.
I would recommend that you practice skating and turning with one foot off. It may be the change in board profile that is messing you up and not the slippery top sheet. But nothing wrong with putting a stomp pad.
Stomp pads are not 100% necessary. Some will argue for, and some will argue otherwise. I do not have a stomp pad on my board. If your technique is proper you should be fine. I say leave it off and it will be like a benchmark to reach for. Keep ~60% of your weight on your front foot and let it dictate your direction, just like regular riding. A lot of people put a lot of weight on their back (loose) foot while skating which is the opposite approach. If anything put extra weight on your front. If your tail is being unruly then try 2 things: 1.) when placing your back foot in front of your rear binding, apply pressure back into the side of the binding should help you stay stable and keep you from rotating unwillingly. If that is hard just keep your straps out of the way and put your foot into the foot bed.
thanks..I have been pretty good skating to get around and onto the lifts. The decline (some pretty steep) coupled with older clunky lifts booting me in the ass has caused me to bale. Also, yes, lots of slushy soft slippery snow on my board. Will try these tips. Thanks...
What my instructors always said about getting off the lift: put your back foot on the board, look straight ahead (or where you want to go), stand up straight and relax.
I also hold on to the lift for a little longer to let the people sitting next to me to get off first. They always cut me off for some reason (goofy rider, I sit on the left side of the chair). But they're usually my friends so I forgive them :P
Keep in mind it may be mental to a certain degree - you are thinking the top sheet will be slippery since it is glossy and are allowing it to psych you out. A stomp pad will alleviate that mental issue by giving you comfort that your foot will stick. Eventually you likely won't need it. I know I installed one first thing on my first board which I rode for years. Didn't install one on my current board and haven't noticed the difference at all.
The top of my arbor is slick as snot when snow covered or wet. .Any time I tried to use that back foot to help steer, it slipped off the board. ...and, I was having trouble with the lifts at first without adding that to the mix. I fell, A LOT!!!
A stomp pad helped me immensely! Once I could keep my rear foot glued to the board, I fell a whole lot less often. (...dismounting the lift anyway!)
....I should also mention I don't have a stomp on my other two boards! (Unless the mystical, magical NS carbonium top sheet of my proto counts as an "all over" stomp pad!) LOL!
You're only Young Once,.. but you can be Immature FOREVER!
imo, get a stomp pad for goodness sake, if you rebuild your confidence you can just take it off later...it's about fun, and eating it getting off the chair is not fun, and a potential knee-buster...get one that looks like a piece of rasta-bacon and all the kids will be jelly