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Old 01-03-2012, 07:43 PM   #21 (permalink)
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So... I guess it's down to either a C or L pad then! I don't really know how "knobby" my heel bones are though, and I can't seem to tell whether or not they can sit in the "cup" inside the liner. In any case, I'm not too sure what exactly to look for, so perhaps you can give a better judgment as to which type of pad is better.. =P

- I don't have that little dimple when I point my toes.
- When I lean forward and the foot is flexed to the max, the knobs aren't that well-defined.
- It's a constant fight trying to take off my boots.. It's not as tough getting my feet in through. xD But mark my words, one day my boyfriend will pop my ankle or something from trying to get my boots off for me...
See... this is why you go to a "good" bootfitter, they figure all of this out for you . The guys at Elite Feet in Squaw Creek (it's the hotel very very close to Squaw Valley, but not actually in the village) are great (ask for Jeremy or Christian).

For your boots... try completely loosening (i.e. several inches of slack) the laces two rungs pass your ankle (if you are not sure, just loosen ALL of the laces). Then pull the boot tongue up and forward (away from your ankle), and then loosen/pull liner tongue up and out before even beginning to attempt to pull out your foot.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:58 PM   #22 (permalink)
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All advice is good.. snowolf's youtube videos are great... (now if someone would tell me to stop being a baby when i try new things in the terrain park, they'd come in handy more).

My advice... JUST DO IT. Don't think too hard about it, and go into it hard. It too me a LONG time to get comfortable toeside but just know its something you have to do.. its not an option if you want to get the best out of your riding.

Good luck -- at your age, when you're my age, you'll be kickin it pro.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:16 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Kinda late, but here are some videos that might help. I'd hate to post somebody's video from this forum as an ex. of what not to do, but it was sent out for critique:

Flumserberg Day 8 - YouTube!

That's what swinging the tail looks like. The problem with that is that you suddenly plop your board into big skids, where your board is plowing sideways across the snow more than cutting forward through it. For me at least, this causes BIG problems when you go into choppier or steeper runs. On choppier terrain, if you skid too much, your board will get knocked around. The front of your board might hit a bump, and it'll turn your board in ways you didn't want. You could also hit a bump and literally get bounced up, or catch an edge and flip over. Skidding at high speed over choppy snow can be an awful feeling (it's very hard to maintain control).

When you carve turns, you make nice graceful S patterns, and the edge of your board cuts a more narrow path through the snow. Your board kind of flexes over bumps, or cuts through them, instead of getting knocked sideways.

I think some people in this thread can post what better carved turn videos! There's so many experienced instructors here haha.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:28 PM   #24 (permalink)
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You can stack... we stacked THREE c-pads in my wife's boots... a stop-gap measure until we got her boots that fit better out of the box.
Holy moly.

I have terribly skinny ankles/heel and then a fricking wide foot (hey I'm asian) right in the middle of the foot. I sized down and still have terrible heel lift.

Time to fill up the heel area. Love Snowolf's Macguyver suggestion of a sponge
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:18 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Thanks for all of the info!! I went snowboarding again today, and all of this has helped me so much! As it turns out, I was flexing too much rather than letting my knees do some of the work. As it turns out I really wasn't bending my knees enough Now toeside turns have been amazing and almost as good as my heelside. You have all been so helpful!!!
Hey Im pretty sure I know exactly what your talking about, as in it's hard to get to the greens at alpine. Where you get off the lift, go down about 30 feet then it breaks off into 3-4 different runs? I had that problem too starting there. You just have to get down there. If you have to side slip then do it. All those runs over there are awesome for beginners. I progressed alot there. That blue was pretty rough. Lol. If you can navigate the beggining there, heel and toe side, your doing good. Pretty soon you'll know those runs like the back of your head and you can find the fun crossovers and stuff. Good luck.
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