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Old 02-01-2013, 09:11 AM   #21 (permalink)
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What is the name of the app you use to track speed?
Ive been using Alpine Replay on my Galaxy S3. I hear Ski Trax or something like that is good if you have a crapple iphone.

As to what Snowolf said...the board absolutely can make all the difference in the world. Sure you can hit 50 on a noodle, but would probably feel scary as hell. I chose my Never Summer RaptorX for a reason. Im a straightline rider. Love to bomb in just about any condition. I will say that 48 on bumpy icy runs at a crowded resort is a bit unnerving, even on the Raptor. But...that thing will stop on a dime if I need it to. Especially when you have unpredictable slow traffic in front of you. On nice early morning groomers, 50+ was a dream and felt really, really good on that board.

What are you riding by the way, OP? Not saying that the board is EVERYTHING, but certainly makes a difference if increasing your speed is high on your list of priorities. That said, my good friend is still a bit faster than me on his little Carbon Credit, but that comes more from confidence than anything else. Id hate to try and keep up with him if he were on a Premier or Raptor.

As others have said...slow progression is what it will take to up your confidence. Try short bursts of flat based straight lining on nice smooth runs and start getting used to the higher speeds. Before you know it you will be bombing chopped out crud with little fear. Just remember once you get going you need to commit. Thats what has helped me. I just stopped hitting the brakes and commit myself to the bomb. When you start to get tired or worn out start making wider turns and gradually slow yourself down and take a breather if you have to.

Good luck.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:20 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I use that Alpine replay app for recording my runs and i went 40mph on one run,the rest was a combine speed of 34mph. I was happy with that and besides my goal to progress more on bump runs. I know i could go much faster but it was not my priority. We have a blue/black run here on our local mountain that you can reach 70 mph BUT it has to be like a ghost town to safely achieve it. There was a youtube vid posted on that particular run. anyways, confidence is a big factor on going fast, but you have to be in control of such speed cuz we've seen or read about incidents of careless speed demons on the mountain.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:26 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Ive been using Alpine Replay on my Galaxy S3. I hear Ski Trax or something like that is good if you have a crapple iphone.

As to what Snowolf said...the board absolutely can make all the difference in the world. Sure you can hit 50 on a noodle, but would probably feel scary as hell. I chose my Never Summer RaptorX for a reason. Im a straightline rider. Love to bomb in just about any condition. I will say that 48 on bumpy icy runs at a crowded resort is a bit unnerving, even on the Raptor. But...that thing will stop on a dime if I need it to. Especially when you have unpredictable slow traffic in front of you. On nice early morning groomers, 50+ was a dream and felt really, really good on that board.

What are you riding by the way, OP? Not saying that the board is EVERYTHING, but certainly makes a difference if increasing your speed is high on your list of priorities. That said, my good friend is still a bit faster than me on his little Carbon Credit, but that comes more from confidence than anything else. Id hate to try and keep up with him if he were on a Premier or Raptor.

As others have said...slow progression is what it will take to up your confidence. Try short bursts of flat based straight lining on nice smooth runs and start getting used to the higher speeds. Before you know it you will be bombing chopped out crud with little fear. Just remember once you get going you need to commit. Thats what has helped me. I just stopped hitting the brakes and commit myself to the bomb. When you start to get tired or worn out start making wider turns and gradually slow yourself down and take a breather if you have to.

Good luck.
This is pretty bang on.... confidence in your gear and in yourself is the key. You need to hit the "commit switch" and just giver'
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:32 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Sorry, but I know from my own experience that that is just bullsh*t. I have pretty soft highbacks (Union DLX) and even softer boots (ThirtyTwo Prion), and I've been going around 50 mph, according to the app on the iphone.

It's not about having fancy stiff boots and carbon highbacks and crap. Although yes, they do make everything more responsive and easier to handle, you don't need them just to go faster.
Having more responsive gear will only make it more comfortable to go faster, but that doesn't mean you can't already go just as fast if you have low end gear.
The only thing that's bullshit is your Iphone app. I've seen that thing read 76 mph when according to my contour i've never broken 60.

If you're riding packed pow yeah you can get away with rubbery gear. But if you're riding manly conditions you're going to need manly gear.

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Old 02-02-2013, 08:39 AM   #25 (permalink)
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My Tracks is also an app option. Everyone has to remember that the GPS units in most phones are basic chips and your high speed is often going to be skewed. More solid data is going to be achieved with a dedicated GPS unit, but who wants to carry yet another "unit". To the Op, keep riding, keep pushing and you will find a new "comfort zone" with each passing day.
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I use Ski tracks on my I phone.

During my last trip to Keystone, Ski tracks showed 58.8 mph.

My Contour gps showed the same run at 59.1.

I think the accuracy of the iphone app depends on your surroundings quite a bit.
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I have also compared my Ski Tracks to my Contour+ GPS and they were pretty damn close in multiple instances, so I'm happy with just using the app usually.

Ski Tracks:
"Location accuracy can be effected by iPhone position, foliage, reduced visible sky area (such as being in a valley), other electronic or magnetic devices close by. Track statistics such as Max Speed, Slope Angle are calculated on good quality location data over approximately 100 meters (300 feet). Our tests have shown that the accuracy is about 5% depending on location."


On the wide open straight runs I find it seems pretty accurate. If you pick a nice wide open bomber run with nobody around and keep riding it over and over and tracking your progress it should give a fairly accurate reading of your improvements I would think.
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I have also compared my Ski Tracks to my Contour+ GPS and they were pretty damn close in multiple instances, so I'm happy with just using the app usually.

Ski Tracks:
"Location accuracy can be effected by iPhone position, foliage, reduced visible sky area (such as being in a valley), other electronic or magnetic devices close by. Track statistics such as Max Speed, Slope Angle are calculated on good quality location data over approximately 100 meters (300 feet). Our tests have shown that the accuracy is about 5% depending on location."


On the wide open straight runs I find it seems pretty accurate. If you pick a nice wide open bomber run with nobody around and keep riding it over and over and tracking your progress it should give a fairly accurate reading of your improvements I would think.
Plus I find occasionally you need to allow it some time to collect accurate data. On occasion it has told me I went 68 mph or more, then checking the stats later in the day it settled down into the 50's or 40's.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:13 PM   #29 (permalink)
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My goal was 50mph this season. I'm sure I would have hit it had my season lasted longer. The resorts weren't even fully open before my season ended.
I hit 39.7 yesterday. Still can't hit 40, but I'll be 60 in a few weeks and feel pretty good about that speed.
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What is the name of the app you use to track speed?
I'm using Ski Tracks (lite)...a freebie.
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