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Old 03-24-2012, 06:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Well this is a bit of an eye-opener. I thought I must be doing something wrong, because riding on this stuff when it gets like that just kills my legs! And knees... I do see other boarders who just bomb the run and do abrupt braking maneuvers every once in a while to bleed off speed. That looks easier, but not more fun.

OK, if it's not just me then there isn't something I'm missing, then I'm just going to take everyone's advice and head for the park or the glades, or do what grafta's always saying and just do side hits off the greens.

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Old 03-24-2012, 06:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Going faster is always more fun ( and easier). Skiers pick their way around, we on big ass boards SHOULD bomb it when possible.
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:05 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Going faster is always more fun ( and easier). Skiers pick their way around, we on big ass boards SHOULD bomb it when possible.
Ride faster on tired legs and you have no control...And I see skier's too eating it at the end of the day
I'll tell you Monday at the end of the day...going up Kwood again...should be good after the weekend crowds
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:16 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I can handle most terrain, although not the fastest or steadiest by any stretch. But the one type of terrain that just gives me fits is moderate to steep blue runs when the snow is chopped up. I know that for real diagnostics you'd need a vid, and I don't have one. But is there perhaps a video someone can point to of a not-totally-professional snowboarder going down that type of terrain properly? If I can review how it should be done, maybe I can figure out what's giving me problems.
I've found going slack helps me alot. If you have decent balance you just bounce along with the snow and it don't wear you out to much.
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:34 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Well this is a bit of an eye-opener. I thought I must be doing something wrong, because riding on this stuff when it gets like that just kills my legs! And knees... I do see other boarders who just bomb the run and do abrupt braking maneuvers every once in a while to bleed off speed. That looks easier, but not more fun.

OK, if it's not just me then there isn't something I'm missing, then I'm just going to take everyone's advice and head for the park or the glades, or do what grafta's always saying and just do side hits off the greens.

I think the more you ride moguls and big nasty bumps the better you get at picking your lines. Get to the top of a section and look down at where looks easiest and if it all sucks then try to get some rhythm going on and ride it out.

Yeah the Whistler kids make me feel stupid. They bomb past and hit something huge and make it look so easy and relaxed. It's practice on that terrain and conditioning I think.

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Going faster is always more fun ( and easier). Skiers pick their way around, we on big ass boards SHOULD bomb it when possible.
That comes across like you think EVERYONE should think the same thing as you FYI, my girlfriends two planks are quite a bit longer than my board. Do you ride anywhere with good skiers? Plenty round here that slay whatever they are hitting and I don't see them nancying 'around' anything

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It's good to know it's not just me who has trouble with this terrain. I would have to stop and let my legs/knees recover just from the constant strain it puts on them. Thought I was just doing it wrong, but I guess there's no way not to get tired in that kind of conditions haha.
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:19 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Ride chop/moguls when you are fresh, its not about reacting to them...its about anticipating them. So you got to keep your legs loose and suck up your knees going over; don't fight by trying to stop and turn...your legs will be too stiff and you'll get bucked. But learn to float over them...catching a bit of air is fine...no reason to freak. In turns you will be really compressed...squatting down low...getting the board to really de-camber to grab the edge...but that will be followed by launching/popping to the next edge...like billy goat hopping from edge to edge. You will learn to pop and swing that board around underneith you...which is much easier and faster than trying to move your upper body around...try to keep your leading shoulder pointed down the fall line and then move your lower body around. When you get a rythym going by looking and anticipating your line it will be more efficient and less tiring.
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OK, so it seems I have to go back to Whistler to practice and get some more conditioning on this kind of terrain. It's an obligation thing.

(Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket)
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I normally try to straight line as much as possible over the really choppy stuff and pick the correct time to scrub off speed. The stuff tires me out like no other. Plus, I typically find these types of conditions later in the day which makes matters worse. I thought I was the only one. This thread makes me feel better.
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When it gets bumpy, ride slower that is a key element too many snowboarders don`t get. Especially for us older guys who don`t have the 19 year old stamina to just bruiser our way through it. We have to rider smarter not harder if....
+1, and this goes for any chopped up run. To some extent in choppy powder you can put more weight on your back foot to bring the nose up to ride over instead of through the chop (think of a boat up on a plane).

But the main thing is to ride a speed you're comfortable with, and pick your line. There are a million ways down a run, and looking well beyond where you're riding should help you pick your lines ahead of time. Actually I rode in a fair bit of chop yesterday, I could post a vid if anyone wanted. When I paused to wheeze at the side of the trail about half way down, and 4 year olds on skis when bombing past, I just smiled.
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