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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2008, 08:30 PM
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Heelside turn advice

well just got back from snowboarding, today. Another great day except my friend broke his collarbone, but it was still good. But 1 thing i noticed today...... and i wasnt, sure if it was a real problem or, if it was all just in my head. But i can toeside turn fine, but when i'm on steep hills, i am a little apprehensive, to do a heelside turn. I don't know if its some fear i have, or if my board needs waxing? I think that i'm just afraid, when i heelside turn because i think that i will go downhill.

i think apprehension, plays a little part in it. Because, after i toeside turn, and am ready to go into a heelside turn, i kinda of just loose focus . Its like im pushing on my toe with one foot and my heel with the other. I think its just something that i am going to have to break out of. Any help would be great, becuase i am going up again tommrow
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2008, 11:51 PM
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cant anyone answer me lol
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-19-2008, 08:36 PM
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alright thanx i tried a little of that 2day
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Two basic pieces of advice.

First, to reiterate what Snowolf says, shift your weight onto your front foot when going into any turn, heelside or toeside. This creates the pivot point and helps bring the tail around quicker and smoother. Some instructors call this "letting the board wash around". This concept has probably been the biggest and most positive change in my riding after I had reached and got stuck in the low-intermediate range.

Second, try leaning the highbacks of your bindings forward. When you tilt back, the board will respond quicker. Just careful not to lean them too far forward cuz you can push your boot out too far forward and get toe drag.

What kind of runs are these and where?
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blue runs at a place called mt.rose
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-20-2008, 12:57 PM
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yep thats the place. The Chutes there are gnarly. I get freaked just when I ride over them on the chairlift. Double Black Diamonds are not for me a probably never will be. Ya i tried turning heelsie and didnt get my turn in time, so i went down the mountain at an angle, and tumbled. No problem on the greens
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