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Old 03-12-2014, 11:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Riding powder for the first time tomorrow...

i have a never summer legacy. plenty big enough to handle. looking at about 24" of fresh powder. never ridden pow before.

should i drop my bindings back a bit? right now they're completely centered.
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't like the way NS's rocker-camber rides when you set back the bindings. Keep them the way they are, but with 24" of fresh, you're gonna be working hard. If the opportunity exists, it would definitely be worth it for you to demo a powder board.
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I would.

Or just go rent a powderboard and enjoy the snow.
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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that's a hell of a trial-by-fire, straight into 24" deep..might i suggest sticking to the trails at first, then dipping in the edge pow here and there to get a feel for it. if you go offtrail right away (which will be the temptation) and get in over your head (literally and figuratively) you may not come out again.
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that's a hell of a trial-by-fire, straight into 24" deep..might i suggest sticking to the trails at first, then dipping in the edge pow here and there to get a feel for it. if you go offtrail right away (which will be the temptation) and get in over your head (literally and figuratively) you may not come out again.
yikes, now im nervous. yes vt is supposed to get a decent storm. 24" might be on the high end.

will the trails be safe enough?
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that's wasn't supposed to scare you, sorry...but do treat it with respect, like you would The Ocean. the trails should be great, and safe enough.
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i have a never summer legacy. plenty big enough to handle. looking at about 24" of fresh powder. never ridden pow before.

should i drop my bindings back a bit? right now they're completely centered.
I am not familiar with your board, but leaning back keeps your nose out of the snow and prevents it from catching which makes you flip forward. It is very sudden, but not typically painful. On a non-powder specific board, it can make your thighs burn. I would almost rent a powder board as suggested by 24WERD.
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i have a never summer legacy. plenty big enough to handle. looking at about 24" of fresh powder. never ridden pow before.

should i drop my bindings back a bit? right now they're completely centered.
Demo'ing a powder board is good advice, but also PREPARE. Drink lots of water. You will be in a lot of pain after just a few runs, but good hydration helps with the muscle burn. Plus, them damn skiers bump it all up quickly, so you'll have to be razor sharp and be able to see where you're going. Plan your day and hit the stuff you really want to hit EARLY, before said skiers f**k it all up. Lean back, keep your nose up, be prepared to go fairly slow and not get in as many runs as you were expecting. 2' is deep powder for New England, and if it is wet snow it will kill your legs even worse. Take breaks, ride the edges of the trails -- all the skiers will be zig-zagging all over the center, leaving the good stuff along the outside. The best news is, the noobs and the mom's riding with their kids will be off the mountain by 11:00 am. If it's still snowing, you'll be able to seek out some of the stashes they left behind.
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I had a knee-deep powder day this year (several day 6-10 inches of fresh too) and rode my Heritage (slightly different board but not by a ton) and kept my bindings centered on the insert. I think this is a 3/4" setback on that board (could be wrong). Anyways I didn't adjust my stance and was fine, but did learn very quickly to weight the back leg more to get more float.

After that amazing day, I fully understand why guys out west talk about their back legs being fried on a powder day. Get ready to have some fun!
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Dude!! 24"? That's gonna fun as all hell!! I wouldn't sweat it too much. Keep the set-up the way you're used to riding it and just adjust and compensate by weighting your back foot more and keep your speed up in the flats!

I've had one short weekend of that kind of POW here in MI last year. I rode it with a short(ish) for me, twin, 157 NS Proto CT! I'm a BIG guy & I didn't have any real trouble staying on top! If you are competent, and confident in your ability to ride fast in the groomers You will get the feel for it and It should come pretty naturally after a few turns and getting the nose submarined a couple times.


Now if we're talking Off Piste? Yeah, there you want to be careful! Don't ride alone, Stay out of tree wells, (...if they have those in the east?) and watch out for bombing over blind unfamiliar rollers or turns! I would absolutely shit myself if I were to inadvertently rip right off some 15-20 foot drop I didn't see coming! (....Hell! Even if I saw it coming!)

Have a blast man!!! You're gonna Luv It!!!




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Oh,... and if you are a pudgy, somewhat less than "limber" older dude like me? Be prepared to Sweat Your Ass off after you fall in that shit! It can be a real bitch kitty to reach your bindings, get stood up n going again! Lol!!!
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