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Old 01-27-2014, 03:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been snowboarding for 4 years now, for about 2 1/2 of those years I have been able to connect pretty much no more than 2 turns at a time before getting too wary of my speed and slowing down. I know speed is my friend, I know the concept of how to do it, I know pretty much everything I should at this stage, but I seem to have a serious issue getting my turns to become fluid and allowing myself to gather any speed. I learned on my heels and that is still my comfort zone, but it's boring and slow. When I do make a toe-side turn, I usually get so freaked out about dropping my edge that I over-commit and end up riding back up the mountain. Any tips on how to be less of a basket-case or a technique that may allow me to turn easier or relax while doing it would be greatly appreciated. I love snowboarding so much, I just wish I had the carefree attitude I did when I was an invinceable kid.

I am going to Vermont in a month and am hoping that being on a large mountain with a longer ride down will help give me the time I need to get over myself.
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Hypnotist...???

Seriously, you have a fear, and you either overcome it yourself or get some help, if you are capable of doing turns, and are just wary of speed, then it is in your mind...

Try flatter hills for a while, gentle slopes that allow you to ride at your comfort speed and link more turns, it will become more natural in time...
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hypnotist...???

Seriously, you have a fear, and you either overcome it yourself or get some help, if you are capable of doing turns, and are just wary of speed, then it is in your mind...

Try flatter hills for a while, gentle slopes that allow you to ride at your comfort speed and link more turns, it will become more natural in time...

I know, and totally agree with you, but I also think that I don't have the appropriate skill to do it comfortable which is part of my issue, maybe. I'm trying to find the balance between heel to toe without carving the mountain in half. It looks so effortless on everyone else, but I feel that maybe I swing too hard with my hips...or whatever I'm doing wrong.
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How many days have you ridden total would you say? 4 years means nothing if you only got out a few days each year.
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Private lessons.... I always ride way better after I take one. Every year I try to do two and they are always worth it imo. If the fear stems from you thinking you don't have the skill or are doing something wrong a quaified instructor should be able to see it in one run.
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Make sure your boots are centered with respect the edges of your board.

You should engage the toeside edge by driving your knee toward your toes pressing your shins against the tongue of the boot.

Many noobs try to engage the toeside edge using only plantar flexion which makes for weak turns and sketchy initiation.
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Definitely agree with private lesson. I just did a couple runs with an instructor earlier this season and have progressed leaps and bounds since then. The reason I asked how many days you've ridden is because like kevin mentioned above, the more you do it the easier it gets.

I'm in my third full season and even late last year was frustrated at my speed. Learning how to turn properly and riding a lot, all the while being mindful of not reverting to old habits made a world of difference for me.
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What he said.
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Not sure if you've tried this, but get out on the mellow slopes when there's pow out. Even 10cm on top of a groomer will make you feel hugely more comfortable at speed. I used to get hugely sketched out going fast on hard, bumpy groomers, once I got used to it on soft snow it wasn't so bad.

Plus if you crash it doesn't hurt as much.
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