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Old 11-07-2011, 09:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kinda related to my last thread, but hoping to get more details.

Anyone have tips for controlling your speed on icy days? Everyone tells me you are supposed to ride ice as straight and low as possible. Speed-checks are BAD ideas. So how do you keep from flying down the hill?

Last season was my first. I went 12 - 15 times. I can carve really well with a good rhythm on regular snow and I ride powder just fine. Jumps and black diamonds can be fun too. Ice just freaks me out big time.
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sharpen that shit!

other than that, you gotta just pray
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No one likes ice. You're not "missing something". It's just shit to ride on.
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if u find yourself on a trail that is completely an ice rink, maintain a very slight edge. Too much edge will cause your board to slip under you. As youre keeping a slight edge, gradually steer towards the edge of the trail. Throughout the day, all snow will tend to be built up along the sides of the trails which is where u really want to be in those situations.
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if u find yourself on a trail that is completely an ice rink, maintain a very slight edge. Too much edge will cause your board to slip under you. As youre keeping a slight edge, gradually steer towards the edge of the trail. Throughout the day, all snow will tend to be built up along the sides of the trails which is where u really want to be in those situations.
What he said. And sharpen your edges!
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sharpen that shit!

other than that, you gotta just pray
I prayed hard a couple times when i was on those slopes
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for sure... night time boarding on the east coast after everyone has killed the trails all day is always that way.

too bad i cant stand going during the day when its $20 more and 1000 times more crowded.
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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.
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other than that, you gotta just pray
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.
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