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I think I have it somewhat down, but I'm trying to get better at it. I can never actually see how I looked until this first time I recorded myself.

It looks like I can carve a small line in the snow at some parts, but some sections of the turn looks washed out.

Board is a NS Funslinger. Soft flex and has rocker in the middle, so not best to carve with, but I don't wanna blame equipment for crappy skills lol



If I were to criticize myself, I could get lower and bend knees a little more. Other than that, I don't know what else to do. Any critique of upper body or anything else I'm doing wrong?
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You should avoid closing your turns sweeping your back leg out as you do now, get more on your edges and stay on them. Do longer turns and balance on edges, extending your legs before flexing them into another turn.
Use your back knee to close the turn imstead, rotating it toward your front leg.

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on groomers weight forward. Steeper terrain-> get lower otherwise lazy boarding doesn't really require it. Biggest thing is on ur toe side carves u got alot of counter rotation goin on which forces u to slide ur turns. Not sure if its cus ur holding a go pro but ur heelside doesn't seem to do it.
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It seems as if you "push" your hind leg backwards, away from under your hips on your frontside carves. This makes the end of the turn slip (you hamper the edge grip by this push).

Try to drive out the turn with your weight over the toes, i.e. get your body over the edge (as opposed to push the board backwards). When your knees/hip get over the edge, your ancles tilt the edge and it'll grip. If you just push backwards, the edge has no tilt and thus no grip, and the radius can't follow the carve -> slided turn.


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Thanks for the comments so far. The general observation seems to be that near the end of the turn, my tail slides out and that's specific to my toeside carves. Wow I didn't even realize this until I can see myself in a vid and you guys pointing it out.
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I'm no expert but you look pretty good to me. Tough to say much since I can't see your feet. The date stamp says this is from last year, just curious how old this is.
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The date stamp says this is from last year, just curious how old this is.
oh I should have mentioned, don't mind the time/date stamp! it gets screwed up when I put in new batteries. video was this weekend, not last year. Time stamp was 20:15 (it's obviously not 8:15pm based on daylight).

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Try to drive out the turn with your weight over the toes, i.e. get your body over the edge (as opposed to push the board backwards). When your knees/hip get over the edge, your ancles tilt the edge and it'll grip. If you just push backwards, the edge has no tilt and thus no grip, and the radius can't follow the carve -> slided turn.
That.

I'd be more specific and suggest to bring your pelvis forward when you are bringing weight over toes. You bend at the waist too much on your toeside arch. Sit lower on your haunches, straighten up at the waist and and bring the pelvis over the edge of the board. And yes, you have to trust the board to hold your weight, so if you want to lay down a real deep carve Funslinger is probably not the best deck for the task.
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I think I have it somewhat down, but I'm trying to get better at it. I can never actually see how I looked until this first time I recorded myself.

It looks like I can carve a small line in the snow at some parts, but some sections of the turn looks washed out.

Board is a NS Funslinger. Soft flex and has rocker in the middle, so not best to carve with, but I don't wanna blame equipment for crappy skills lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96DIUJZERcU


If I were to criticize myself, I could get lower and bend knees a little more. Other than that, I don't know what else to do. Any critique of upper body or anything else I'm doing wrong?
The board is fine for what you are doing there. In fact, I think it's perfect for this slope, speed and snow conditions.
Also, your turns are not that bad, considering it is difficult to get any "real" carving down on such a mild slope.

Most of the recommendations here are already good.... so get on with that and just keep riding and improving. Basically get lower, flex your ankles a bit more, and just try to keep your weight closer to right above the board edge.......

Also take it to steeper slopes too so you can really lay more edge angle.
Once you get more edge angle and more weight right on the edge, the end of the turns will be cleaner.
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Which part of the video should I look at to see you carving? Just kidding, bro. You gotta bend your knees. Make that weight go up and down. Decamber the board (unless it came decambered from the store in which case oh well) as you go through the turn.

What I saw in the vid were S turns. They ended at the fall line and then you transitioned to the other rail for another turn. You never really went perp to the fall line and you never went back uphill. There was a little skidding but not too much --see post by neni above.

I wanna see you moving your weight more. Load the nose going into the turn. Unload gradually through it. Flex that board downward to engage the effective edge. You appear to be using about 1/3 of your board's edge. Use the whole thing. In order to do that you are going to have to move your center of mass up-down and forward-back a lot more.

Try to jam it across the fall line and turn back up the mountain while still holding your speed. Then turn off of your downhiil edge with authority, weight way out front, and ride that edge it around by about 270 degrees.
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