...The first concept is very counter intuitive since you are actually switching to your downhill edge to enter the turn as your board crosses perpendicular to the fall line; even angling uphill to slow down...
Thanks for the tips. I would still say I'm decent at carving though . Kinda like you said, I'm usually just cruising down the hill with a rhythmic downhill edge-to-edge motion and pretend I'm going around pennies on the ground.
Everything sounds like good advice. Putting my edge downhill DOES sound very counter-intuitive, but I'm guessing that the idea is to do this while all of your momentum is going across the side of the hill, right?
ya when it gets too steep thats all i do is pray, because i have yet to figure out how to ride an ice rink at or at least near a 45 degree angle. One of our backside runs has got to be near 45, and we went down it not knowing how icy it was. It had to be the most ice i had ever ridden on. I started down it as usual, went to make my first turn (heel side) and whoom, board washes out, im totally caught off guard and slide down 40 yards on my back with the ice just cutting at my now exposed side because my jacket pulled up (i got some gnarly road rash from that). I finally dig in the edge enough to stop, so i get up start side cutting and go to make my toeside turn and washout again, sliding another 40 yards on my stomach before flipping over and stopping again. I look up and my freinds are just dicking around sliding down on their stomachs and asses because they gave up trying to actually ride it. I did about half that little run uncontrollably sliding on my back or stomach...never again haha.
Haha (laughing WITH you). I bet that sucked! I had a similar experience at Snowbird.
Me and a friend went to the very top. As soon as we got off the lift the wind was blowing so hard that bits of ice were scratching our faces. We just hurried over to the first steep hill we could find. Starting sliding and had to punch out handles in the ice. Prayed for about 10 minutes (God, please let me pass out before I start tumbling), rolled over to my back, and hoped for the best.
Its the days where some of the snow freezes over into patches of ice that you can't see until you're riding right on them that scare me. That is 90% of the reason I always wear a helmet... I don't want to wash out on some ice patch and end up with a concussion or a busted jaw.
The first day I went, I ate it on my toe edge hard. Didn't hurt until my board came around and cracked the back of my head. I'm all about helmets now.