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post #31 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-13-2012, 10:38 PM
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Slyder come on, 900 vertical and 400 acres, no way that place is beyond your level..... I do like how their site says no beginners allowed.....
I saw that too

Thought I saw a triple diamond run "extreme back county"
Is there such a thing as triple black....
Think they only have 2 blue runs too

Definitely won't be riding there

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Looking at the trail map it looks like a big glade park.... Some fun looking trails for the size of it.....
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Looking at the trail map it looks like a big glade park.... Some fun looking trails for the size of it.....
It's definitely fun. I'm not sure why "Experts only" scares everyone away. I took a couple guys that had only been snowboarding 2 years and they did fine.
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For those who care...

I go to Chestnut every Friday night since it's now my closest Park. I've also been to Devil's Head hundreds of times. IMO Chestnut is better for park with the Farside and Devil's Head has much longer and better runs but almost no park features. Chestnut runs are extremely short, like 30 seconds down. They are steeper (especially the blacks, which are steeper than anything at Devil's Head) but they usually have terrible snow - either really icy or full of skier moguls. Chestnut has a better view from the top if that's something you care about. The view when you get to the top of Devil's Head is literally snowy cornfields (both at the top and bottom of the hill). Devil's Head has a lot more trees and a little better seclusion between runs, whereas Chestnut is basically just a free-for-all snow field with a few tiny pockets of trees. Neither have a good lodge but Chestnut has the slight edge.

Also, yes the "black diamond" and "double black diamond" is all relative to the mountain out here in the midwest. At Devil's Head the double black is really the same (actually less) than the blacks at Chestnut, but because they use circle, square, diamond, double diamond, you get a better idea of what skill level to expect on each hill. At chestnut, blue square could mean flat or steep, it really depends on the run.

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Icy is an understatement.
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Icy is an understatement.
Yeah, on warpath you either get "really bumpy balls of ice", "sheet ice", or my favorite: "sheet ice covered with a thin layer of sliding bumpy balls of ice"
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I was there saturday and sunday and it was in surprisingly good shape. There were some ice balls on crazy horse and the wind had blown apache bare in a couple spots, but that was later in the day. We are coming up again this weekend hopefully they get hit with that snow that they are forecasting thurs.
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BTW, Crazy Horse is my favorite run at chestnut when it's not super icy. It has the best view of the whole mountain. Here's a partial panoramic my friend took on his galaxy nexus.

Edit: Sorry for the huge size, can anyone tell me how to force a custom size on embedded images?

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I saw that too

Thought I saw a triple diamond run "extreme back county"
Is there such a thing as triple black....
Think they only have 2 blue runs too

Definitely won't be riding there
check out the chart halfway down

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For the most part this looks good except that you seem to consistently ride in a countered stance ( you twist at the waist and ride facing forward). Work at riding in better alignment in all if your riding; keep hips and shoulders aligned with board more and turn just your head to look forward.

As for your takeoff, some funky things seem to happen here and this is mainly a result of your approach in that countered stance. It is hard to tell but it looks like you are trying to use your upper body a lot to throw yourself into the air as if you are trying to Ollie off of the lip. One of the things that trying to add the Ollie does with a new park rider is it invariably puts them way in the back seat on takeoff and that is not the kind of help you need. As you approach the transition, shift your body foot to foot toward the nose of the board and gently extend just a tiny bit to pump this transition and maintain your speed. A better method for learning to gain a little more pop is to pop off of the toes and not try to Ollie. Use only lower body movements and keep the upper body quiet. Popping slightly off of the toes allows you to launch in much better overall alignment and gives you a little more pop. It also helps counter a tendency to open up and face forward in the air.

On your landings, you are being a little too quick to heelside speed check and sometimes you can do this before the board actually has fully engaged the snow. This is such a common cause for washing out after an otherwise successful landing. Delay this movement and point the board after landing to totally get fully stabilized and recentered after landing before doing a heelside speed check. It is super easy to land tail heavy and if you do not get recentered before braking, you stand a good chance of using your ass to brake with.
Glad I found this on a google search. I am also struggling with simple technique with jumps.
I have been trying to bend my legs more because although smooth, I feel l have not been getting enough pop. So I have been trying to work on that, since then my landings have suffered.
A friend pointed out today im doing something with my upper body/arms. I guess i am trying to pop from my upper body instead of using my legs?

For someone who did ballet for years, ive never felt so out of touch with my body.
Thanks for the advice :-)
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