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Old 09-30-2011, 04:53 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Yeah I definitely wouldn't call someone "advanced" if they can link turns comfortably on blues... The Keystone levels make more sense. Whistler's are too generic to be beneficial. I haven't gotten switch down at all and I hesitate to call myself "intermediate"
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Old 09-30-2011, 05:28 PM   #22 (permalink)
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One thing you don't want is to limit yourself to half of the possibilities. I remember in basketball (way way way back) in school, some guys who couldn't use their off hand simply wouldn't use the left side of the court. Same principle with riding switch -- you'll only end up doing half of what you could be doing.
Yea, I remember I always had to guard a kid and I noticed he couldn't really drive with his left hand so I'd just force him around to the left every time. We'd most likely get a turnover and he would never score even if he could take it to the hole. Not that I'm one to talk, left handed layups aren't exactly the easiest thing for me.

Now, in snowboarding, riding switch isn't quite as tricky as skating switch, but I think that's all the more reason why people should be able to do it. I know very few skaters (personally) that can switch flip and only one that has switch tres dialed. There's really no expectation to skate switch because it's so difficult but I think for snowboarding, everyone should learn it eventually.
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Old 10-01-2011, 07:42 AM   #23 (permalink)
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At my old mountain, I used to have all the new instructors do this after going over teaching beginners. Then, coming down that green, we talk about using those movements for beginners we just went over to improve their switch riding. It was always a goodtime and usually humbled them right away.
We also used to have random "switch days" where everyone tied a piece of fluorescent tape around their new front leg and if you got spotted with it in the back when riding there were consequences...
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At my old mountain, I used to have all the new instructors do this after going over teaching beginners. Then, coming down that green, we talk about using those movements for beginners we just went over to improve their switch riding. It was always a goodtime and usually humbled them right away.
When clinicing new hires on first time progressions, I also have them do it on their first chairlift ride, if it seems safe for the group. Great way for them to develop empathy for their future students.

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We also used to have random "switch days" where everyone tied a piece of fluorescent tape around their new front leg and if you got spotted with it in the back when riding there were consequences...
I may be "stealing" this. Sounds like a fun time.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:05 AM   #25 (permalink)
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It's a great "challenge by choice ". If I do a clinic the same day as switch day, usually just break everyone into groups of 3 and tell them to just go ride switch as a group and coach each other and then just float from group to group to help keep them on task. Great way to work on their teaching while riding.
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