I know you have probably seen a lot of these on here but I really need some advice on helping me get past the beginner beginner to 'can go down the hill without falling' beginner..if that makes sense.
Let me explain, but first some background so you experts can make a proper assessment of my failings. This is my second year snowboarding and end of last year’s season I was able to do some linked turns, so I figure this year I might finally be able to just pick up where I left off and start turning and finally get down the hill without hurting myself....Sufficed to say....no it didn’t happen.
I forgot everything and had to start from scratch. We went on a short trip last weekend, and well I was disappointed because I didn’t even get some consistent linked turns plus at the end of the trip I managed to hurt myself and lost confidence for the day.
Anyway! I went through in my head my problems of why I can’t turn properly, here’s what I think they are (my main problems is doing a heel edge to toe edge turn):
Going down the fall line from heel to toe scares me and I stupidly lean back instead of keeping my body stance centred (BIGGEST problem)
From the fall line – getting my body to initiate the board to turn without it feeling like I’m forcing the board to turn (I think it’s my technique)
Turning on steep hills ....SCARY!
Any tips or advice you guys can provide PPPPPLLLLEASSEE, so I can finally start going down the hill doing some consistent turns and so at our upcoming NZ trip, I can finally enjoy some green runs
Oh incase this helps – maybe I’m using the wrong equipment for my skill level? I bought my own gear this year so I can get used to using the same stuff and hopefully get better.
152 pounds (yes, I’m on the chubby side)
Board – 148 Flow Myriad 2010
Binding – Rome Arsenal 2010
Boots – Salomon F22w 2011
Also just some really random question – would practicing on a skateboard help during the off days?
Thanks in advance guys!