Main reason for edge catches is your weight in the backseat, so the hind part of your edge is in contact and then all of a sudden the front grips, causing a sidden slam.
Get your weight out of the backseat and control your front edge. Shift weight to your front foot, bend your knees well and let the front edge have contact and have the lead. The hind edge will follow.
That's also your solution to riding steep hardpack. Move your weight to the front, trust your board/edge. Additionally, to get good grip, you need to tilt the board. If you're riding timidly, you don't have tilt and enough pressure on the edge, the board can't help you. If you ride determined and tilt it, get nice pressure on the edge, it'll hold. It's a confidence thing... the more you hesitate, the less the edge will help you.
If I face challenging conditions/runs, I conciously try to focus on the nose of the board and forget abt the hind leg. Front leg bent, weight to the front, nose pointing downhill, quick short half turns. The job of the hind leg is only to quickly finish the turn and follow back to get the nose downhill again. Don't do too long turns which will get you back into the backseat.
I really thought quicksand was going to be a much bigger issue in my life when I was little
Last edited by neni; 01-29-2017 at 12:00 PM.