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post #11 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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I'm glad I'm not alone!!! Let us know how it goes!
By the way, since I ride goofy, when I catch an edge, i fell on my right cheek of my ass, and it's been 2 days and its still sore like hell when I sit on it. There are no visual bruises or anything, but when I pressed deep down, it hurts, I think it's also a bit inflamed. Any tips on faster healing?
i'm icing, using arnica gel, and taking arica tablets. It doesn't hurt while walking or train in martial arts, but I cannot even bear the thought about riding and landing on my right ass when it's sore to even sit.
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Finally have some time to report back on my snowboarding day on Monday. I went back to some easier blues to practice linking turns. I now definitely have the feel for initiating the turns and straightening the board out down the fall line using pressure on my front foot, but my toe side turns still need some work. I still feel that I'm picking up too much speed diagonally before my toes really start to slide into the turn and burn off speed.

I think what I need to work on is keeping my weight forward and doing the 'dry hump' with my hips in front like Snowolf has talked about before. I'm eager as ever to get back on the piste and practice practice practice. On the bright side, I managed to conquer both the T-bar and chairlift without falling once

Also a question: I'm renting a board/boots for the season and for whatever reason, the dude decided to set my bindings at 27/-15. Could the large angle of my front binding be affecting my ability to turn toe side? I'm going to give 15/-15 a try for next time.

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metric: this happened to me too!! I would be turning over my shoulder to look diagonally down hill, put weight on my front foot, maybe i'm applying toe pressure (against shin) or maybe not enough, but I literally will freakn fly down the moutain diagonally and I know I'm applying some pressure on the toe side edge because i can hear the "shhhhhhhhhhh and snow flying", but it won't slow down, and I freak out until I either fall down or apply so much pressure that it stops!!!

What I really need to learn to do is when I'm getting my board tail to nose straight, to keep pressure on my rear foot, so I'm not always flyign down the mountain leaving me no time to think about what to do next!
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Turn uphill. I'm always yelling that at my daughter when she starts to go too fast and panic. If you don't like your speed, turn uphill.


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I know... sometimes I will be able to do that. But sometimes I freaked out and i was going so fast, my brain won't work and all I can think of is, okay, let's do a heel side edge to stop it (umm before my board points down hill) and bam, catch an edge.
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Hi Snowolf, yes, so I would completed my heel side turn, point board nose down, flat for a sec, then initiate my toe side turn. The turn initiation usually is fine, I would be traversing across the slope on my toe side, but at a speed where I don't really like, it all happen so fast that my brain would lock up!! I think sometimes I would apply more toe pressure and I would come to a complete stop, panic and wanting to link the turn, i would try to initiate the heel side before my board goes thru that nose down stage and catch an edge
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Hi Snowolf, yes, so I would completed my heel side turn, point board nose down, flat for a sec, then initiate my toe side turn. The turn initiation usually is fine, I would be traversing across the slope on my toe side, but at a speed where I don't really like, it all happen so fast that my brain would lock up!! I think sometimes I would apply more toe pressure and I would come to a complete stop, panic and wanting to link the turn, i would try to initiate the heel side before my board goes thru that nose down stage and catch an edge
So it sounds like you complete a heelside turn, then more-or-less complete a toeside turn but skid-stop toeside because of speed, then try to initiate another heelside too soon, catch a heel-edge, and fall over. That's what I'm reading.


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in addition with Snowolf's last suggestion I suggest looking for visual cues to help you stay actively moving. Remember try this after first attempting the forementioned movements first.

Use a counting system. somewhere between 1-3 or 1-5. I will use the 1-5 for instance. You will want try and match the nose of your board with these cues. Start on your toeside in a traverse
1- is straight across the hill to slightyly up(left side of run)
2- is at a 45 degree angle down the hill
3- is straight down
4- is at a 45 degree angle down the hill (right side of run.)
5- is back straight across to slightly up the hill.
now repeat back for your next turn.

try looking only 15 feet(or whatever the size of your turns will be) or so down at the snow where you plan on turning.
keep the count going at the same pace to build flow between your turns.
if it helps make a pointing gesture to where your are turning too in the snow. Once you get comfortable you will be able to stop this.
Make sure to count out loud. Otherwise you will have a tendency to stop counting which probably means you have stopped moving throughout your whole turn.
Try different counts with different sizes of turn.

Remember you will still need to make the movements descibed above in earlier posts. This trick is primarily a mental one. You can even make specific movements at specific counts to help you turn. i.e. at 1 let your foot start goin flat. at 2 starting turning(rotating) your foot and hip in the direction of your turn) 3. Starting pressing your lead foot up hill edge into the snow and raising the downhill edge with both feet 4. continue rotating adding in the back foot now. 5. finish out the turn with your back foot pressing uphill edge into snow. and then back to one. There are many ways to use the "count" to assist in learning to ride.
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Thank you!! I think the counting will definately help to get me into rhythm!
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So it sounds like you complete a heelside turn, then more-or-less complete a toeside turn but skid-stop toeside because of speed, then try to initiate another heelside too soon, catch a heel-edge, and fall over. That's what I'm reading.
Exactly. I still remember how I would be traversing on my toeside, i kept looking down the hill (at a spot where I DIDN"T want to go), and it just kept carving down (or whatever the word you use skid, carve..)until I say to myself, okay enough already, if I don't skid stop toeside, i'll either drift all the way into the otherside of the fence (terrain park) or I'll have to just fall and stop
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