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Old 01-08-2013, 03:41 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Here's a "goal" video for me! these guys seem a little more efficient in riding chutes!



1:35 to 1:50 is what I need to improve, going toe/heel really smooth. When I do it, it's very choppy, and doesn't look elegant.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:49 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Here's a "goal" video for me! these guys seem a little more efficient in riding chutes!
That guy is riding really dynamically.... and lots of pow. Pretty different from tracked out bumps
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:51 PM   #23 (permalink)
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the thing about the above vid...its all about hitting it when the snow conditions are great....when its great snow and you got good visibility anything is doable. The gunsite chute pic at baker is early and not filled in...for me...I will wait til the conditions are perfect, before I'll try it and hopefully get first track
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:10 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Here's a "goal" video for me! these guys seem a little more efficient in riding chutes!

1:35 to 1:50 is what I need to improve, going toe/heel really smooth. When I do it, it's very choppy, and doesn't look elegant.
Yeah, TONS of snow and some of the early runs didn't seem that steep. Possibly in the 30-35 degree range which is really fun in chute terms. 45 deg+ is where it starts to feel like mountain climbing instead of boarding!

The 1:30-1:50 stuff just takes practice. Get out on powder days on open pistes and work really hard on short quick carves. No need to learn that with cliffs and rocks nearby!

Cool video though, this is one of those cases where the pole mount really helps what they're trying to show...
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Before I comment, full disclosure:

I'm an intermediate rider, I like riding "steep" Michigan blacks and have zero experience with anything out west yet or chutes. So I might be talking out of my ass here.

As he approached and entered the chute I'd probably handle it the way he did. Feel my way through it and make it out. But once he cleared the chute he was wide open and really could have opened up the throttle and had some sweet turns.

I would have pointed my nose down and had some fun with that, the snow looked great.
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the first video is how not to do it. the guy is riding like its the last run of the day - or he's just out of shape. he isn't bending his knees! he's riding standing up, stiff legged, throwing his center of gravity from toeside to heel thru his stood up torso its crap riding. he's falling over and grabbing onto the hill on every third turn...

the second video is how to do it, regardless of the conditions. take it down the fall line, not back and forth all swishy swashy across the whole area... i'm not saying you can't bleed of speed - watch the second video, they turn completely sideways to have total control over speed when they need to - you don't need POW to ride like that. every time they're going perpendicular to the fall line and either stopping or getting that face shot you can do that on fucking ice, you can do that on top of moguls, you can do it in a box with a fox wearing sox.

the key is to do it using your legs, bending your knees, and keeping your upper body centered and quiet. you can lean way over and drag a hand on a huge high-speed pow turn, but you should be centered in an athletic position and moving pretty much down the fall line - even if you do have to sideslip a part or something.
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So much great info here!! Thank you all! This is why I love this forum, everyone's pitching in with ideas, techniques and tips. Love it.

Now, off to the mountain to find some steeps and practice...
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Lastly, when things start to go to shit on you......BEND SOMETHING!
Probably the best riding advice ever - and one of the hardest, most unnatural things to do. When your mind is screaming to lock your legs, that exactly when you need to be loose and bend those knees. It's a bad habit I still catch myself doing sometimes, especially when I'm tired and need to hang it up for the day.
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Lastly, when things start to go to shit on you......BEND SOMETHING![/QUOTE]

i concur this advice! when i suddenly hit an ice patch, i bend down or unweight. that saved me a ton from crashing
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Having grown up with my dad being a skier, I board and ski, but there have been lots of times he has taken me down some narrow shoots when im boarding that are much more favorable to be on ski's. I thought the guy could have made some smoother turns when it opened up a little.
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