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Old 02-06-2012, 08:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
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trees and glades are my favorite things to ride on the mountain. One of the biggest deciding factors even on where to ride is how steep it is. the more snow the more fun it is, but also the slower you go and the harder it is to stop. making tons of turns through the forest in pow kills your speed, so you have to be on steep enough terrain to keep your momentum. Having enough speed is also critical. Like all aspects in this sport the faster you go the easier it usually gets (to a point). if you are trying to make turns through glades and you are coasting along slowly it is going to be so much harder to balance and it is going to throw you off and you will lean too much either way and fall over. which sucks because then you have to dig yourself out. When turning in deep snow like you would hopefully find in glades you dont carve with your edge, there is no hard pack to dig into, so you are pushing off of the snow with your base instead of digging in the edge, also while sitting more backseat so the front is sticking up. therefore your turns have to be more mellow and drawn out. it is also going to be alot more full body leaning as you get into the "surfing" and floating style. so because you cant make sudden adjustments you have to think and plan your line quite a ways ahead of you. you have to be looking for the next turn, the exit to that, the approach to the next turn and that exit so you dont get yourself stuck and in a situation where you have to dig yourself out. always be on the look out for thick bushes, holes, valleys, anything that you dont confidently think you can ride through and keep your speed, always have your next turns and exits planned.

you said you were getting thrown around by the bends and trees. that all just comes down to having a smooth, mellow, floaty style and planning your lines so there are not any surprises.
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
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i'm pretty new to tree riding here as well, just started 'enjoying' them this year. First time at a resort with decent glades, and even then i found some of the trails to be pretty rutted out. I try to take my time, but definitely not looking pretty lol
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doesnt help that my local mtn is tiny with barely any glade runs, and are usually iced to shit...can't wait to go back to jay

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Old 02-16-2012, 07:06 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Congrats at going to jay!!! The best glade system on the east coast. To ride glades you first have to have your skills at their peak performance, specially for tight trees like jay. Next take a mellow ride through at first and look for lines you feel confident and comfortable doing. Next find you center self and focus your mind at the task at hand, and then rip it!!! Always be with a friend or have radio with ski patrol channel programmed in. Also wear a helmet, trust me it wont take long to appreciate it.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:37 PM   #14 (permalink)
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riding glades can be both awesome and brutal depending on the conditions. Riding glades in deep pow is absolutely heaven. pure and simple as close to utter bliss as i have ever been.

but riding tight glades in hard pack tracked out conditions is suicide. your contact points are always different because the ground underneath is such a hard mess. Then you get those scooped out turns and your toast. Still fun though.

As long as the glades have a steep enough pitch to keep you moving - you're in paradise.
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