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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2010, 01:10 AM
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I have just finished my group lessons for snowboarding and I am really enjoying the sport. But I have a question. I find that when I am traversing the hill (on my toe side mostly. that I am shifting most of my weight to my back foot (I know don't do that). What I find concerning is how tired my front ankle gets. When I started thinking about it i discovered that I am attempting to stand on my toe (kind of like a skate board before you pop it). The binding obviously keep my foot in place but is this the normal way of controlling a board or just a bad habit that I need to break?
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I used to do the exact same thing, but as I've been getting more comfortable, I've shifted my weight more towards the front. An instructor told me that when you are leaning back, it's because you are mainly nervous. From what I know, it would be a good habit to break.
I'm used to going fast on skis, so once I started getting down some control on a board, the speed started to pickup, and so did the control. Can't explain it, but it worked for me. Been snowboarding a whole 2 times, and the first day I had to focus on it, the second time, I didn't focus on it so much. One trick that did help me, instead of focusing on putting your weight on your front foot, try taking some weight off your back foot. Don't know if it will work for everyone, but it helped me out.
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Maybe a little forward lean too to help you bend your knees and help you lean where you need to
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2010, 03:03 PM
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You want to be on the balls of your feet, not your actual toes. Really bend your knees (sounds sooo much easier than it actually is) and if you engage the turn or traverse with your ankles and really get up on the balls of your feet, another thing you can do to keep from tiring out is rest your shins on your boots with your knees bent, ankles flexed and on the balls of your feet. This will alleviate some of the pressure on your ankles while you are still spending a lot of time on one edge. It's hard work, exhausting but totally rewarding! Keep it up, you'll get there!

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thanks guys, I am going later today so I will work on it tonight.
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One tip i picked up here that helped a bunch..instead of thinking of getting up on your toes by pushing down with your toes..push your lower leg into the tongue of your boot. This forces you to do three things..push your hips out, bend your knee's, and pushes your toes down.

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It's also a lot more tiring if you're spending most of your time on one edge rather then making turns and going from toe to heel side, at least in my experience.
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One tip i picked up here that helped a bunch..instead of thinking of getting up on your toes by pushing down with your toes..push your lower leg into the tongue of your boot. This forces you to do three things..push your hips out, bend your knee's, and pushes your toes down.
Best reply award. This was very helpful.

Also, today I made it all the way down the mountain without falling on a few runs (thats a first). I also didn't fall getting out of the chair, I strapped my bindings without having to sit down and I made it from the lift to my run without falling. All firsts for me.

Have no fear, I still ate a lot of snow, I just also had some successful runs!
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