1) roll with every slight curve off the hill. Minimize drag as much as possible. and stay balanced. mastering the flats really just take time and miles, just try to be as efficient as possible. dont do the hop until you've wasted all your momentum or itll slow you down rather then give you a little umph. If im on a flat that Ive come to a stop, Ill do a little butter action to get going(fish walk as my kids call it...), but thats a whole other thing that just takes practice.
2) There will be a "perfect balance" position when your going straight and flat. This is were you'll feel the least amount of drag, and you will glide over the snow rather than plow through it. Generally i think I get there with a nice relaxed forward stance, meaning weight just slightly over the front foot to help point the board with momentum. I really try and use every bit of curvature of the run to help me along. if its even slightly higher on the right side, use the slope from right to left to push you. Note: on most flats its not almost obvious that theres a fall line, but there is.
3) ratchet in a home to practice if you want? Use boots and gloves. Also this is just an efficiency thing that you get better at over the seasons. As soon as I can see the lift area, im spotting for where Im gunna plop down and strap in. get off the lift asap, clear the zone asap, get to that spot asap. strap up. asap. Usually my ski friends are just finishing fixing their goggles or whatever and we're g2g.
Last edited by liner; 01-18-2013 at 04:14 PM.