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Old 09-20-2007, 06:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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aight i need some advice before next season... i can do almost anything on the mountain other than big jumps,crazy rails, and half pipe... and the damn T-Bar lifts!!!! with only my front foot in bindings (i ride regular so my left foot) the front of the board always drifts to the left like if i was about to go heelside except not as extreme. even with a sick stomp pad it does it... so every time i try and go up really high on a mountain with a tbar, the lip catches a rut and i either fall off or say screw it and let it drag me up. sucks cus either way i look like a fag. is there something im missing out on about how to ride those lifts?? appreciate the help...
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Old 09-20-2007, 06:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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practice your neutral balance. (and pay attention to your caps lock )

but for any kinda of ski orientated drag system, the important thing is to RELAX!

you can see the cuts and lines in the track you are being dragged up from other 'passengers'; so just chill and reassure yourself that your board edges will simply follow those.

your efforts to amend even the slightest detour from your desired path, will cause you to tense up and do something detrimental....

so the one thing i would advise....is chillax!
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Old 09-20-2007, 11:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep...don't fight it. Keep you knees bent on the board and balanced as though you are actually riding your board (coasting your board not racing or else you are going to look really odd squatting low on a T, lol).
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Old 09-20-2007, 11:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you can strap into your back binding before getting on the bar. Not always practical, but it can be done. The T-bar/Poma are very hard to master.
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Old 09-20-2007, 05:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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the poma suck.. not very snowboard friendly.

Try to keep loose and relaxed... don't really think about it and just let the t-bar and the track do the work. People tend to stiffin up when they try and force things or get nervous(etc...) and when this happens you are more likely to wipe.
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Don't go into a sitting motion on the t-bar or poma, makes life a helluva lot more difficult.
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Old 09-21-2007, 04:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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if drag lifts (button, T or L) cause you problems, don't come to eurolandia!

for the T lift tho, what i find helps, if you are riding it alone, is to get on the right hand side (left if you be a goofy freak ) and reach around with your trailing hand and grab the seat bar on the left hand side.

it gives stability and ensures you maintain that 'leading shoulder' position.

for all others tho, just relax and grin and bare it!
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Old 09-25-2007, 11:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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thanks guys... i will definitely put the advice to good use. i can see grabbing the left bar with my back right hand working out well. i will most likely be alone if i go on any of those lifts because all the people im going with this yr are new to mountains, snow, and boarding! but ya much luv to all... who is gonna be in summit county this yr?
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Summit County Colorado or Utah?

I'll be in Summit County Colorado here and there. I have a pass good at Copper, plus maybe a trip to Janet's Cabin. I also get out in the backcountry in and around summit from time to time. I spend most of my time at Berthoud Pass and Winterpark in the winter though.
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Old 09-25-2007, 11:34 AM   #10 (permalink)
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colorado... ill be taking a few trips there this season. i also scored a season pass to durango for $135 and it comes with passes to some cool looking mountains in cali that i have never even heard of.

oh one more thing about the t-bar lifts.. do u guys put the bar under ur butt or like around the back?
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