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Old 06-13-2011, 05:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

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 yearís 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 didnít 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 didnít 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 canít turn properly, hereís 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 Ė getting my body to initiate the board to turn without it feeling like Iím forcing the board to turn (I think itís 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 Ė maybe Iím 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.
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Board Ė 148 Flow Myriad 2010
Binding Ė Rome Arsenal 2010
Boots Ė Salomon F22w 2011

Also just some really random question Ė would practicing on a skateboard help during the off days?

Thanks in advance guys!
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Stay off steep hills until you get your technique right. And take some lessons.
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Lessons would be ideal. Also, you're first day out of your second season ever snowboarding is going to be rough. Just keep riding and working on your technique. If you could link some turns last season, then you should be able to pick back up and be linking turns in no time this season. The more you ride, the more you progress.
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True. Also, take lessons.
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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As far as steeps go, look across the hill as that is where you are going.No need to look straight down it as that isn't where you plan to go.And break it down into manageable bits.Only difference between the bunny hill and regular runs is the length.If you break it down into say, 5 turn segments it becomes less daunting.
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I think you've pinpointed what is probably your biggest problem already: you need to keep your weight on your front foot! Practice practice practice and you'll get the confidence you need to get there. One of my biggest problems learning to ride was that I wouldn't commit! Once you just DO IT, you'll find its actually much easier than you probably expected it would be. I also agree that lessons can be invaluable when you are first learning if you can get some of those.

In the meantime, pointing where you want to go really helps you to keep your body aligned the way it needs to be... try it when you're learning if you have to. Yah, you might look silly with your arm sticking out but anyone who is not a total moron will be able to see that you're just learning and it will probably make things a lot easier on you.

When going into your toeside turn are you initiating your turn by flexing your lead foot first? If you keep your knees bent and kind of press your toe of your lead foot toeside (almost like you're pressing down on a gas pedal of a car), you'll feel the board start to turn. Your back foot can follow momentarily after.

I'm terrible at explaining but there are great tips and even videos from Snowolf and some of the other posters on here who know way more about what they're talking about than I do
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I think you've pinpointed what is probably your biggest problem already: you need to keep your weight on your front foot! Practice practice practice and you'll get the confidence you need to get there. One of my biggest problems learning to ride was that I wouldn't commit! Once you just DO IT, you'll find its actually much easier than you probably expected it would be. I also agree that lessons can be invaluable when you are first learning if you can get some of those.

In the meantime, pointing where you want to go really helps you to keep your body aligned the way it needs to be... try it when you're learning if you have to. Yah, you might look silly with your arm sticking out but anyone who is not a total moron will be able to see that you're just learning and it will probably make things a lot easier on you.

When going into your toeside turn are you initiating your turn by flexing your lead foot first? If you keep your knees bent and kind of press your toe of your lead foot toeside (almost like you're pressing down on a gas pedal of a car), you'll feel the board start to turn. Your back foot can follow momentarily after.

I'm terrible at explaining but there are great tips and even videos from Snowolf and some of the other posters on here who know way more about what they're talking about than I do
My girlfriend has the same problem. She has no problem toe to heel, but heel to toe she is a lot more nervous. Lessons are great for teaching you what you are doing wrong and how to correct it. However, sometimes they don't help if you are afraid, at some point you 'just have to do it'.

One thing that helped her a lot was me following her down with the go pro. Sometimes I couldn't quite explain what she was doing wrong, but it was so obvious in the video.

Something I noticed she does in both snowboarding and long boarding is the toe to heel turn she is very comfortable leaning back into the turn, like sitting into a chair. But she struggles a little with the heel to toe, because she doesn't lean forward into the turn. Sometimes she leans a little, and it looks like she is a little nervous so she backs off. So her lower body is trying to turn, but her upper body is fighting it.

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