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Old 02-17-2011, 06:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Groomed progression question

I have about 20 sessions on a snowboard so far, with the first 10 spread out over the last decade, and the last 10 being all within this season as I am finally living near snow for the first time in my life (thank god).

I've got fast, dynamic skidded turning pretty mastered and can fly down any blue run no problem. I've fooled around with carving a little at lower speeds, and I have the basics, but I definitely don't have it quite as mastered as skidding yet. I also tried my first black run on my last session, and it wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it would be (did only skidded turns down it). Now my question is, which should I be focusing on more now:

More blacks and eventually double blacks with skidded turns?
Perfect my carving on the blues first?

If it were up to me I'd do both at the same time. I feel like skidded turns are a more essential survival skill and useful for the steep groomers, and when I come to boring flatter sections at the bottom I can work on the carving, which I'll eventually be able to do on steeper stuff... in this way I can do one long run and work on both things. However, I read somewhere online that you shouldn't go on the blacks until you can carve really well. How true is this?

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Old 02-17-2011, 06:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i almost never carve and i can hit double blacks just fine. Its possible that i carve unconsiously once in a while though, probably to turn quick and avoid people
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