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Old 01-24-2011, 12:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

Last holiday in the Alps (Austria) I really had big issues with the icy conditions. Especially when riding on my heel-side my board seems to slip away and causes my to drop right down on my ass and tailbone, which is gonna hurt after a few times.

Does anyone of you have some tips for riding on icy slopes? I'm sure my edges were sharp, my board is camber but it's a jib/rail board so it's not really stiff (Lib Tech Youth in Asia for those who wanna know)

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The best tip I can give is to be very light on your feet. You can't get up on your edge too much and you can't make very quick movements
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Thanks,

Yeah I tried that, but at the steeper slopes there will always be a moment you have to take back some speed, especially when you're riding like what you said, you will gain lots of speed. And that's the moment you get too much weight on the heel-edge and hurt your ass. More technique tips?
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Yeah I tried that, but at the steeper slopes there will always be a moment you have to take back some speed, especially when you're riding like what you said, you will gain lots of speed. And that's the moment you get too much weight on the heel-edge and hurt your ass. More technique tips?
A) Don't ride on ice.
B) If you have to ride on ice wear crash pad shorts. The plastic shield on the tailbone is a life saver.
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A) Don't ride on ice.
B) If you have to ride on ice wear crash pad shorts. The plastic shield on the tailbone is a life saver.
Hahaha yeah but sometimes all nice slopes are icy and I did not pay that much for just sitting in my appartment, watching the mountains...

And those crashpants, I'll be buying one of those
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A) Don't ride on ice.
it's called a SNOWboard for a reason right? meant for snow!!! just don't turn...the mountain has to end somewhere
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Find better snow. There's gotta be snow on that mountain somewhere, right? Any type of snow beats ice. Crusty, windblown, whatever. It's better than ice. If there's none to be found, time to hit the bar or head to the house. I've got other things to do, might as well get some of them done rather than "ride" all day in survival mode on a sheet of ice.
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Ofcourse there's a bit of snow on the ice, as it is crushed by all skiŽrs and boarders, but it's just a thin layer. When the slopes are totally made of ice, ofcourse I'm not riding on it. I'll only hurt myself then...

But there is someting between all fresh snow and a full iced slope, it's very icy and slippery, and my point was, how to ride at it
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Hahaha yeah but sometimes all nice slopes are icy and I did not pay that much for just sitting in my appartment, watching the mountains...

And those crashpants, I'll be buying one of those
Then wait at least a few hours until it turns softer or slushier...Anything is better than riding ice...I avoid it, boards were not designed for that in the first place...But the crash pants do help a lot. Last time I feel without them I spent 2 minutes on the side of the run just breathing deep and absorbing the pain in my ass. Never again.
Those and protective gloves are standard issue now.

I was the same when I started...just ride anything any day...then you tend to became more picky Npw unles it's a powder day...or close to I don't even drive up there..uunless my kids want to go.
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Ah thanks snowolf, this was what I was looking for! I'll keep 'em in mind next time I'm up to that icy slope
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