take advice from the Euro's
"you carve you carve, you no slide.. even when its icy..."
Haha, those europeans know how to get it done. Technically if you're 'sliding' down the mountain, you're going toooooooo slow! Think it's mostly to do with confidence because any intermediate and up rider will tell you that double blacks are WAYYYYYYY easier to ride down than say a green where you have zero speed.... When I first learned snowboarding I went with my buddy (expert skier) who took me on nothing less than double blacks most of the time and when you're doing that you have to commit to a line going down, lol, so it forces you to actually learn to snowboard the right way. Not gonna lie, my board took a beating going over rocks because I wussed out and 'slid' sideways down the hill for a short time, but what happens is you say to yourself, screw this man, I'm going for it and you point your board down the steepest line and JUST DO IT. WAIT MAN, that's not so bad, my turns flowed so smoothly and I had such awesome consistent momentum. Plus, many stay away from the real steeps, hehe, so you always get a pow run!
I dunno, went into a bit of a tangent here. The gist of what I'm saying is sometimes you learn best by throwing yourself down the mountain. I found that my once stiff leg going down runs was caused by me being mentally lazy. Why? because I had zero speed and was waiting for the turn to start itself (I'm sure many shredders know what I mean here). Getting sick of catching an edge, falling on ur arse or w/e, then point your board down and charge at it with confidence. P.s. when you (crash) on a double black you don't have far to fall because you're already laying down in the freshie when you carve :P
[QUOTE=Jenzo;436122]Depends how ridden it is... that's when you get into jump turning on moguls. God I love steep pow runs with no skiered up shit on em, though it can be fun too. One great thing about Silver Star, lots of double blacks. When I went to Mt. Bachelor the conditions were so bad they had warning signs all over this gondola run (it was like a double black of ice, literally). I made it down but it was a bit scarey as if you fell you slide, allllll the way down. To me steep double blacks with mogles and decent snow are nothing, ice is the enemy!
This reminds me of Kicking Horse Resort if you've ever been. It's a GEM of pow most days, that is until you get to the bottom portion of the hill where it's a skating rink every spring, lol.