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Old 02-14-2010, 11:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

I'm new to this forum and was hoping to get some much needed help with my toeside carving turns. I just can't seem to get it right! Upon reviewing some video footage I am leaning too much into my toeside turns and don't seem to be flexing my knees / ankles enough - that is my knees aren't being driven towards the snow enough and my body is not being kept over the board.

I was just wondering if anyone has any tips for me to get my knees closer towards the snow and my body upright over the board (instead of leaning towards the slope). Every time I make a consious effort to drive my knees towards the snow, I just can't seem to get them there. I feel like that there is this invisible floor that I can't get my knees past so I end up leaning into the toeside turn to compensate and compelte the turn. My ultimate aim is to keep my upper body relatively stationary while my knees / ankles are making all the necessary movements to achive heelside to toeside turns.

I hope the above makes sense!

Any guidance at all would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 02-14-2010, 11:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You are trying to do dynamic carve turns? I have similar problem only when my boot is tight. If I loosen up the top laces of my boot, then I can bend my knees easier. But, the support is not as good for really hard carves. The problem may be that you are not throwing your weight over your toe edge enough while trying to keep your body stationary. That requires bending knee and ankles and it is hard to bend your ankle when you have a stiff boot. So try to loosen your top laces just a tad bit (that's what I do). You have to bend your ankle first inorder to distribute your weight to your toe side, bending the knee alone will only throw your weight to your heel side. By loosening up the top laces, you allow your shin to be pushed forward more and bending your ankles. Just don't loosen them up too much.

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Old 02-15-2010, 12:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks! That definitely makes sense and I'll give that a try the next time I'm on the slopes (unfortunately it won't be for another couple of weeks) - I'll let you know how I go!
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when you're stopped and kneeling down on the snow, put all your weight on your front knee. Shake your back knee loose. Kneel tall, not bent at the waist. NOTE this position and try to emulate it when you're riding. I call it "the PeeWee Herman dance" It does take conditioning of your muscles, but it's such a subtle move, and so effective.

Try and isolate just driving that front knee and nothing else to the apex of the toeside turn.
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks heaps for all the advice guys - I will put those tips in action the next time I am out. I know I should push my pelvis forward on the toeside turn but for some reason always seem to forget that part when I'm riding. I think I focus too much on driving my knees to the ground, while forgetting to push my pelvis out and arch my back (and therefore lean into the turn). Snowolf, I've read some of your other posts and will definitely try the "hump and dump".

SB, I might even give your "PeeWee Harman dance" a go at home tonight.

I'll let you know how it all goes!

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Old 02-16-2010, 12:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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just be sure not to put any pressure on your heels when in a toeside carve.

you'll eat it really hard. (i know from past experience hahaha)
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