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Old 11-08-2011, 12:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Ha, when I tried to hit steep blues or blacks, I just yell "ATTACK!!" in my head. Seems to work...although it backfires once in a while. Luckily nothing broken...so far.
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Old 11-08-2011, 12:55 PM   #12 (permalink)
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To the OP. Respect for putting yourself out there! Snowolf and Matt's advice is on point. Your upper body IS very quiet and looks well aligned with the board and turn shape is very nice. Think about keeping both knees bent equally and you will get your weight centered. From there, flexion and extension will be easy to add.
To think of flexion and extension, think of pushing your legs out at towards the apex of the turn, and bending the knees more as the board passes under you. (Suck it-Push it is an easy way to remember it for some reason!). One exercise to try is to is to picture yourself riding down a long hallway. Try to push your board out to the sides of the hallway, as your body takes a path down the middle. If that doesn't make sense let me know and I'll try to word it better.
How long have you been riding BTW?
Last year was my first full season. Total I have about 14 days standing sideways. I wish I could go more throughout the season. . I think I'll have about ten more days under my belt by the end off this season. I really want to get dynamic turns down and start getting comfy in the air this season.
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:00 PM   #13 (permalink)
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you're already off to a strong start. The best thing you can to do to progress from here is to set some achievable goals and figure out what the best steps to take are to get there.
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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on the topic of form in shit like that, whats your advice for riding chutes/steep ass double diamonds in utah. The last time i was in utah i was at powder mtn which doesent have really stupid steep stuff, it was also a 2ft pow day so i stuck to glades, and the time before that i was at snowbird but it was icy as shit and didnt want to hit the double diamonds with that much ice. So provided i get my utah trip this year to snowbird or the canyons or one of the resorts and there is some workable snow, i would like to find some chutes and utah style double blacks. Any good tips, besides the dont lean back too much previously stated in this thread?
PNW chutes and steeps on 2 ft pow day...scope, pick your line...point it, keep loose...slash and destroy. On an ice day...walk away and live to ride another day.
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:09 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Yep, it is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone whether rider or skier does this and only experience and confidence breaks you of it. I do it too when on something scary like this:



Descending West Crater Rim from the summit of Mt. Hood.
If that is pow...so slash-able, if its warm and wet spring...looks fun...and if glazed or icy...walk away...you don't want to loose it and go careening off the planet.
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:41 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Leaning back is probably the biggest hindrance I see riders have when they're learning/perfecting to link turns. Hell, I fall prey to it too when I get intimidated by the hill. I remind myself that I need to commit to the line I take and lean forward. Can't turn if the front wheels don't have traction!
Is it weird that when I'm on a steep hill, my first inclination is too lean a little forward to steer with my front foot? I find it's easier for me to turn and I need to turn so I don't go flying down the hill. I notice when I lean back it's harder to turn and I actually gather speed too fast. So when I'm looking at a steep hill I lean forward and go, helps me with control for some reason
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Is it weird that when I'm on a steep hill, my first inclination is too lean a little forward to steer with my front foot? I find it's easier for me to turn and I need to turn so I don't go flying down the hill. I notice when I lean back it's harder to turn and I actually gather speed too fast. So when I'm looking at a steep hill I lean forward and go, helps me with control for some reason
Turn initiation is started at the front, when you lean back you lose that. By leaning forward on a steep you're more squarely centering yourself over your board allowing it to do it's job. Our natural instinct is to lean back up the hill to be in line with gravity, when being perpendicular to the slope is what's required to ride the board properly.
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Turn initiation is started at the front, when you lean back you lose that. By leaning forward on a steep you're more squarely centering yourself over your board allowing it to do it's job. Our natural instinct is to lean back up the hill to be in line with gravity, when being perpendicular to the slope is what's required to ride the board properly.
For some reason my natural instinct is to lean forward. I guess I learned quickly on that
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:30 PM   #19 (permalink)
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thanks for the great reply!! It looks like i will be working on refining the fore-aft weight shifting this year. Is that something that some what happens on its own already by initiating turn and changing edges, or do i need to the thinking about it and making sure to shift my weight each time? also im not sure if im too tall while riding, i dont think i am, i am pretty sure i usually keep a low aggressive stance. so ill keep that in mind and see if i need to not be as stiff legged. That chute looked killer if it would have had some decent snow all the way down, but that just looked miserable.
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take advice from the Euro's
"you carve you carve, you no slide.. even when its icy..."
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