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firstx1017 04-08-2012 11:57 PM

Snowolf - latest update 4-8-12
 
Just wanted to give you another update. I seemed to be struggling with the Roxy Ollie Pop board I have so I tried a Rossignol Diva Magtek Directional Board last Friday and OMG I LOVE THIS BOARD! I always wondered if I should try a directional board and maybe that may help me get over this hurdle I've been having troubles with. My Roxy Ollie Pop is a true twin and 151. The Rossignol I got is a 148 and I was a little worried because I am over the weight limit for this size of board - but wanted to try something smaller with the camkber between my feet rather than rocker. This board had Ride VNX bindings which did not have the new 1.5 canted footbed (they are last year's model) but it did have some lift at the toe area which I wonderd how it would affect my toeside turns. The Rossi board is 60% camber between the feet and 40% rocker at the tips - kind of similar to your Rossi Angus I think. I was concerned that it was reversed from my Roxy Ollie Pop which is rocker between the feet and camber under foot and rocker at the tips like your Billy Goat. Both boards have the magnetraction on the boards. Since I only ride groomers and icy packed conditions I thought maybe the camber between the feet would be better since I seem to have been having problems on the Ollie Pop.

Last weekend I also played with my angle again because of my knee pain. I decided to just stand on the board in a position where it did not hurt my right knee and go with that angle. So, the angle I settled on was +15/-21. I know the -21 seems extreme but OMG it gave me about 90% less knee pain than any other angle. Before just standing up from the bench my right knee would start to hurt. Now I can stand up and it doesnt hurt. woo hoo!

So, Friday I started with the Rossi Diva and wow - getting off the chairlift was SO MUCH EASIER! First toeside turn was really odd due to the fact that the bindings had lift at the toes - but on my second toeside turn I REALLY noticed the board turning for me in a way that the Roxy never did. I was having such a hard time going toeside on the Roxy but on this directional board I can't explain it but it really felt good. Turns seems to be a breeze and I didn't feel like I had to man handle the board around like on the Ollie Pop - so now I wonder if the 151 was just too big for me. Or, being that I am over the weight limit on the Rossi that it makes it ride differently. The magnetraction on this Rossi seemed much better than on the Roxy also in the icy spots I encountered. In any event, I really love the Rossi. I have tried a 148 in the Roxy but it it could have been my stance or angles affected why I didn't like that length or else having more time on the snowboard that I can now tell the difference.

I really think the standard camber between the feet and and the rocker at the tips and being directional is why I like it - could I be wrong or am I smoking something? It is a 7 rating on the stiffness and going down the diamond run on it over clumpy snow was WAY better than on the Roxy - but it could be that I am cutting thru rather than slidding over them? My Roxy is a 4.5 flex rating so maybe the 7 flex is what I am liking?

Went riding with Handscreate today and now I have a new knee pain - the pain from doing blues and diamonds over and over! All that bending is a new pain now! lol

Here are some videos. The first video is on the green run getting used to the new board.



The second video is upclose showing that I am getting somewhat on my edge on the blue and black runs.



I know sometimes I am still slidding, but it seems way better than what I was doing before. Any comments???? Next year I want to work on trying to not open my left shoulder on toeside turns and try not to make so many turns on the blue runs. I've been trying to find a board where I feel confident to excel on and now try to fix my problem areas and I think I finally found the perfect board! (for now! lol)

Vicki

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readimag 04-09-2012 07:38 AM

Wish my wife could board like that but oh well. Looks good and you have come along way dont worry about getting a new board you need to feel confident. Like you pointed out you open your shoulder when you turn toe side, what works for me on moguls is to point where I want to go so your shoulder is pointed and your body lines up. Not a crazy point but a more just a casual in front of your board point. Also you look like you are treading water with your hands being so high all the time, if they keep coming up hold your pants till you get used to keeping them down. Over all for what knee problem you have you look very good, dont worry about sliding on the black it looked like a slush day.

slyder 04-09-2012 08:13 AM

it's nice seeing you progressing more and more.Snowolf will have you bombing those runs in no time

The 2nd video that skier has the whole mountain and yet he feels he needs to do a fly-by on you. The hands in the air, classic, never understood why people can't be more considerate. Especially since that hill was "SO" crowded....

chomps1211 04-09-2012 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by slyder (Post 501448)
...that skier has the whole mountain and yet he feels he needs to do a fly-by on you. The hands in the air, classic, never understood why people can't be more considerate. Especially since that hill was "SO" crowded....

I was thinking the same thing when I watched that vid! I will NEVER understand how stupid, in-considerate, selfish, self absorbed, and dangerously clueless people can be!!! See it ALL the time on the road as a truck driver!!! Someone tries to commit suicide in front of my rig on a Daily basis!


Back on topic,.. Vicki,
Looking good! I would echo the advice to slap that back hand firmly on your thigh, or grab the pant leg!! I catch myself goin' on that "Mystery Date" myself from time to time! ;) and when I do, I grab my own Ass!! ;):D:D It really does help with the turns as it keeps my arm & shoulder in proper alignment with the board & It will eventually stop requiring a "conscious" effort to avoid doing it!

Nice vids!!

BoardWalk 04-09-2012 09:13 AM

Almost hit by a pole waving out of control bunny, what are the odds...

mixie 04-09-2012 11:24 AM

I take it none of you have ever visited Los Angeles? Being self centered and self absorbed is not just tolerated it's celebrated....sigh


Vicki, I love seeing your videos. I learned to ride at Snow Summit on the same runs. It's a bit of a drive for me, so I don't go there much anymore. Next season I'd be happy to ride up hill and run interference for you, I have no problem body checking an out of control skier ;)


I just bought a new board and it's like night and day. I went from a trad cambered board to a camber/rocker/camber board. It's faster, much more stable and much easier to ride. I am glad I learned to ride on the beast but I am never going back!

Also, which black run is that in the video? it looks like you were on miracle mile and rode that back down to the bottom of the hill? Do you ever ride chair 5 and 6? It's a little steeper over there but in my experience it's better as far as avoiding people. It's all blue and black but nothing you couldn't handle. They don't always spin those chairs but there is a traverse across the top. Might not be possible this late in the year :(


I know it's the uphill skier that is supposed to watch out for you, however that is not doing any good as you see to be a magnet for people. Keep working on the head turning, and if you can get to where you're comfortable looking over your shoulder oh.....every 5 seconds or so you'll be able to see the trouble headed your way.

firstx1017 04-09-2012 11:35 AM

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Originally Posted by BoardWalk (Post 501461)
Almost hit by a pole waving out of control bunny, what are the odds...

Thankfully that wasn't me - I was on a snowboard with no poles! lol

Argo 04-09-2012 11:46 AM

Lol I had a skier yesterday almost get killed twice. I was coming down a groomed blue run going about 36 mph, he passed me... Cut in front and stopped..... Maybe 15 yards ahead. I was doing very narrow turns going almost straight down the hill, he was straighlining it. I cut to heel side HARD and sprayed the shit out of him but bailed to avoid hitting him whipping myself barely around him to miss him..... Literal split second decision to not plow him...

I cussed him out but he looked at me like he didn't understand English...... probably better he didn't say anything, might have beat him

firstx1017 04-09-2012 11:51 AM

[QUOTE=mixie;501491]
Also, which black run is that in the video? it looks like you were on miracle mile and rode that back down to the bottom of the hill? Do you ever ride chair 5 and 6? It's a little steeper over there but in my experience it's better as far as avoiding people. It's all blue and black but nothing you couldn't handle. They don't always spin those chairs but there is a traverse across the top. Might not be possible this late in the year :( QUOTE]

Hi Mixie - the blue run in the video is the bottom of Miracle Mile and the Easy Black Run is the Diamond Section in the middle of Miracle Mile - where you can take a blue run to the left or take the black run on the right - this is the right which is the black run.

Chair 5 hasn't worked in 2 years I believe. At least they never had it working this whole year and we've been up there every weekend. Chair 6 is for the harder Diamond and Double Diamond runs - not willing to do those yet! My husband tried the Wall 4 times two weeks ago and fell every time. One time he even fell twice! lol

I have major problems with getting off the lifts on Chair 3 (Ego Trip run) and Chair 10 (Perfect Pitches run) I fall everytime so that it makes it no fun to do those runs anymore. I CAN do okay on Chair 7 (7-down run) but it is such a short run to have to deal with that chairlift stress!

So I start off on Summit Run in the morning to warm up until all the crazy people show up. Then we go over to Miracle Mile and then we head over and take Log Chute all the way down. The end of that is a Diamond also so I get my diamond practice from the middle of Miracle Mile and the end of Log Chute. By noon this old body has had it and has to save something for the next day as we board both Saturday and Sundays every weekend up there!

mixie 04-09-2012 12:16 PM

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Originally Posted by mixie (Post 501491)
Chair 5 hasn't worked in 2 years I believe. At least they never had it working this whole year and we've been up there every weekend. Chair 6 is for the harder Diamond and Double Diamond runs - not willing to do those yet! My husband tried the Wall 4 times two weeks ago and fell every time. One time he even fell twice! lol

I have major problems with getting off the lifts on Chair 3 (Ego Trip run) and Chair 10 (Perfect Pitches run) I fall everytime so that it makes it no fun to do those runs anymore. I CAN do okay on Chair 7 (7-down run) but it is such a short run to have to deal with that chairlift stress!

So I start off on Summit Run in the morning to warm up until all the crazy people show up. Then we go over to Miracle Mile and then we head over and take Log Chute all the way down. The end of that is a Diamond also so I get my diamond practice from the middle of Miracle Mile and the end of Log Chute. By noon this old body has had it and has to save something for the next day as we board both Saturday and Sundays every weekend up there!

No wonder I've never seen chair 5 running. :confused: I only ride weekdays and they keep limited chairs running, I've never been on chair 7 or 10 as they only run those on weekends. Ive had them stop spinning 3 in the middle of the day and had to hike out. I can't remember how the lift ramp on 3 is? I do know that it's a trickier one to get on with the stupid plastic mat and it's super slow anyway. Maybe with your new board it will be better to exit? Ego trip area is best avoided anyway.


The Wall stays icy until later in the day. If you're wrapping up by noon that might be why your husband is having a problem with it. It gets softer later in the day, sometimes. At least it's short, you don't have very fall to fall :) I'm actually impressed he fell twice on The Wall. That's one of those if you fall you're going right to the bottom with everyone on the lift watching!


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