I have been riding for 15+ years but have really been getting a lot of days in each season since 2006. My problem is this - I need to get a board figured out that can give me the top speed I am looking for!
I currently have a quiver of boards (Park, All Mountain, and Pow)and have a RAD setup for my All Mountain board - Burton Vapor 162 Wide with Trident ESTs. Problem is that I am topping this board out for speed on a regular basis! I simply hit a glass ceiling and cannot get going any faster even when the terrain is steep and I am straight-lining it.
I run into this problem consistently at Squaw Valley - when I have the need for speed I head over to Siberia bowl and just straight-line the chairline all the the way down. I have a buddy who is considerably less skilled that is able to keep up - even though I am straightlining it I just don't seem to pick up any additional speed past a certain point while he does. I know my speed is being checked by something, and I figure the board or potentially my technique at high speeds may be playing into it.
Here's the facts:
Height - 6'2"
Weight - 200
Outerwear - depending on what I am wearing Baggie or somewhat baggie
Board - Burton Vapor Wide 162
Wax - Fresh to moderately fresh (I wax once every 2-3 days of riding - I have my own hot wax kit, same equipment they use in the shops and have followed the tutorials to a T - it's super smooth when I head to the hill)
Snow - Groomed Tahoe hard pack for this type of riding
How I ride - Generally flat on the board or ever so slightly on my toe edge to give me a little control if something unexpected comes my way - just the tiniest bit of pressure so that the board is still flat on the snow. When I am pinning it I am aware of wind resistance slowing me down so I tuck my limbs in tight and hunch over to a low profile to stop my jacket from working like a parachute and slowing me down as much as possible. My friend mentioned above is kind of a Gaper so his gear is not baggie at all.
I have tried to use my Pow board for comparison purposes (a 164 Slackcountry) but I am nervous about getting up to extremely high speeds with this board because it has rather intense reverse camber and more difficult to control when you need to make a really hard turn or brake. As far as I can tell my acceleration feels about the same as the vapor though.
Has my equipment selection limited my top speed (as in does 200lbs sitting on top of a 162 put too much pressure on the surface area? Could I go faster if I stepped up to something like a 168)? Any tips, hints, gear selection, etc is welcome. I'm just trying to get rad - someone help me.