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Old 12-08-2010, 04:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So last weekend was my first outing for the season. I can now successfully link my turns on the blues. I'm also confident that I could of done a black if my legs weren't dead tired. I snowboarded for 7 hours straight.

The thing that I'm most excited about was I had got a lesson, and the instructor had said I was keeping my upper body silent. He had also mentioned that I was starting my turns correctly.

One thing the instructor pointed out was that I locked my front leg when we tried the black runs. Why do people usually lock their front leg? Does that tend to happen more as your legs get tired? Or is it a fear thing?

This forum has taught me a lot over the past year, and I would like to thank you guys for that.

*I had thought i was in the tips section...Could someone move this to that section??
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't speak for anyone else but when I would lock up my front leg it was due to fear. I don't know if I was afraid of catching an edge, or falling or just the steepness itself. When I was still learning I was favoring my rear leg to turn on the steeps. You really should initiate the turn with the front foot and keeping the leg bent. It'll be easier to keep your dynamic movement and linking turns as you get more into the steeper slopes.

Kudos and getting it together. It's a great feeling when it finally 'clicks'.
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Both - when you get tired it is harder to support your body with your muscles so you start trying to support it more by "stacking" your skeleton relying on bone to bone. Fear, as you already mentioned, can also do it.

To overcome the fear sight in on closer areas for turning and general line selection. Also the rule of thumb is new terrain, old skill. Don't be afraid to kick out some garlands or c turns and traverses. get use to what the pitch of the hill is doing to you before you try the newer skill of hooking up s-turns.

Other skills to improve on before blacks to make blacks easier to ride.
Nose Manuals, beginner bumps(green or blue), varying the size of your turns and how fast you turn, mix freestyle manevuers into your turns(this will give you movement options since blacks usually come with "varying" terrain.(i.e. flat spins, ollies, hopping, etc all while maintaing an s-shape)
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