I live in Ontario, Canada and ride at Blue Mountain often. There's this one steep black run that is very hard packed snow with occasional icy patches. The black runs are probably tamer compared to other mountains, but this is my 1st full season boarding so I'm still getting the hang of things.
I always stop at the drop off and prep myself mentally- building up a burst of adrenaline. I point my nose straight down the fall line, get low and pick up speed which = momentum. The MTX on my Rider's Choice really seems to grip the ice. However, I could never get over that nasty ass grinding noise that sounds like skidding, which makes me think my tail could pop forward, catch an edge and eat steep shit.
Eventually I'll get near the bottom all while making big carves (or scarves)? But I'll have picked up so much bloody speed and the snow is now all uneven with random bumps that I either: plow through or absorb through my knees. I can't avoid them cause everything is happening so fast and I don't like being air born at that speed. So I try to speed check cause I'm feeling unsafe and end up washing out on my ass flung across the snow. On semi-good snow I'll ride through
So my question is:
1. How do you guys prep yourself before taking the plunge?
2. How do you start the traverse?
3. The sound is really unnerving like my tail is going to kick forward and cause me to eat hard packed shit. Is it possible I'm skidding?
4. How do you deal with high speeds over snow mounds you have to blindly absorb?
5. And finally how do you speed check going fast down a steep hill?
I'm not going to let this hill punk me like dat!
Thanks for your input