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Old 03-14-2014, 07:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Riding groomers with heavy snow fall

So today I decided to hit up mont tremblent for some riding

first half of the day was great, then it started to snow, pretty heavy...With all the skiers there, the hill ended up really really bumpy, and full of little hills of snow

I bailed a few times from catching my edge on the snow, while leaned over carving...then had to ride REALLY slow, carving really hard not to bail

is there a trick to riding in similar conditions?
I ended up just playing it safe, but wondering if there was a better way
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ya...I hope someone with more experience in these type of conditions answers this as well.
I just got back from Whistler last week and experienced the same thing....skiers creating huge ruts in deep snow making it extremely choppy when off groomed runs.
I figured I just had to bend my knees more to absorb the choppy snow...legs got a hell of a workout.
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Perhaps it wasn't snowing that heavy...most tourist folks leave when they cant see and if snowing heavy it would fill in and smooth things out and be soft enough to blast. the trick is to point it, relax and fly low and lighten up...assuming you know where ur going and don't need to see when its puking. otoh get off the groomers and ride some soft patches or in the trees if you need to see....LOVE DA PUKE!
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if its snowing and on groomers , i would just shift the weight to the back foot and surf.


do some unweighted turns like going over moguls.
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OP do you mean the skiers turned everything into a mogul field? If so, you just have to let your hips and knees loose. Leaning back a bit in the deeper snow will help too. It's just something you'll to experience more and have practice with riding.
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I bailed a few times from catching my edge on the snow, while leaned over carving...
Hmm, I was there yesterday as well. Didn't experience those conditions. Some new snow that got lumped up on top of Tremblant's typical icy base, but there wasn't enough to form moguls.

I'll hazard a guess that the OP was off-balance from leaning. At that point, it doesn't take much of an unexpected bump to put you down.
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Just keep going down the slopes most people as was said leave when condition get poor. Don't be one of them you will never progress. Stop looking down in fromt of your snowboard, the more your vision is extended down the slope you will be better able to handle most conditions. Also as said legs are lose.
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Thanks for the replies guys, I will try to stay looser and more leaned back next time out

the consistent bouncing def threw me out balance

Bones, weird dude, maybe we were doing different runs? I am not sure why you didn't notice it, or maybe you're more experienced and it doesn't affect you as much? I stuck to pretty much blues yesterday and mostly on the south side of the mountain

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Hmm, I was there yesterday as well. Didn't experience those conditions. Some new snow that got lumped up on top of Tremblant's typical icy base, but there wasn't enough to form moguls.

I'll hazard a guess that the OP was off-balance from leaning. At that point, it doesn't take much of an unexpected bump to put you down.
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Excellent question
I have the same problem, being a relatively new to boarding.
One thing that helped me was to relax more, trying to ride not so aggressive.
Seem to work. Maybe by that I am losing the knees and hips like suggested. not sure.
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Bones, weird dude, maybe we were doing different runs?
I was lapping Jasey Jay to the TGV chair or doing top to bottoms on Kandahar and Ryan. There was new snow and it did get a little lumpy, but we only got 2 inches over the day.

If I were you, I'd just get lower, looser and well-balanced. The advice to lean back is probably coming from Westerners who are thinking that "heavy snowfall" meant deep powder. It wasn't that.
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