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Old 11-07-2011, 09:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a great snowboarder in powder. I think almost everyone is though. Unfortunately, my regular resort doesn't get a lot of good snow. Bogus Basin in Idaho.

I've developed this bad habit. When I get to an uncomfortable speed on ice or packed snow I lock my knees from the fear of catching the toe edge and losing some teeth. I don't know how to go slow on ice. I've been taught to get low and go as straight as possible to stay stable... but you pick up some speed when a good portion of the trailed is iced over.

What do you do to keep from locking your knees when you accidentally catch yourself going to fast?
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I don't know what you mean. I thought you lock your knees by straightening them and locking your knees.
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You move to Utah?

Really though, can't help... I'm mostly a CO rider and when it's icy, I go home or find powder
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I don't know what you mean. I thought you lock your knees by straightening them and locking your knees.
That's exactly what I do. My friends suggest that I get low, but I don't. I panic and lock my knees standing straight up.
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You move to Utah?

Really though, can't help... I'm mostly a CO rider and when it's icy, I go home or find powder
Haha. Nice. I actually moved AWAY from Utah before I got into boarding. Not sure boarding is enough to make me ever want to live there again... and Snowbird was my worst experience ever when I went to visit last year. I'll be back to other area resorts this year though. Going to CO in Feb too for Monarch.
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So use your head and don't stand up and panic?

Confidence and the experience of making it over some crap and not wiping out

If you know how to ride and you're just freaking out on ice, then stop it.... You can still slow down on ice, just gotta be careful with it
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Wow, no offense, but that is horribly dangerous. Don't ever stand up while you are snowboarding. NO MATTER WHAT. Just stay low, not olny is it more comfortable; it gives you better balance, control and quicker reaction.
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Wow, no offense, but that is horribly dangerous. Don't ever stand up while you are snowboarding. NO MATTER WHAT. Just stay low, not olny is it more comfortable; it gives you better balance, control and quicker reaction.
This, maybe just don't go fast on ice too.... I usually just turn as much as i can on ice if i'm uncomfortable with the situation.

Now i don't think we get the same type of ice. even though we're only like a 100 miles away....... but anyway, i can always dig my edge in if its just shit, then i pack up and go home, i enjoy keeping my face.

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I've developed this bad habit. When I get to an uncomfortable speed on ice or packed snow I lock my knees from the fear of catching the toe edge and losing some teeth. I don't know how to go slow on ice. I've been taught to get low and go as straight as possible to stay stable... but you pick up some speed when a good portion of the trailed is iced over.
Standing up and going straight seems like a bad way to control your speed. I remember a couple of years ago Bogus Basin did not get any snow for a while and it was really ice in the shade and packed snow in the sun, that was an interesting experience.

Anyway having sharp edges is your best friend.
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Give your bindings more forward lean, it will work your quads more but will force you to bend your knees...just do this until you get more comfortable bombing an icy hill though, because it kinda sucks. Also sharpen your edges to the point that they will nearly cut paper. Near Tahoe we get 'sierra cement' when it hasn't snowed for, say, a month. Slowing down on that is like trying to slow down on a sheet of glass, but it can be done.
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