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Old 02-04-2013, 12:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So last night I FINALLY made it to the hill (Cascade Mountain) to start my transition from skiing to boarding. I pretty much stuck to the "beginner" hills to get started. I also picked up a single lesson from a guy named Austin at Cascade Mountain (great kid/guy). Overall I would say that for my first time out I did well. I was able to load/unload from the lift, skate, hike, and stop. As for turning that is where I need the most work. I am able to initiate a toe side turn as well as a heel side turn, but am having some problems transitioning from one to the other (linking). I have been using the "push/pull" method to transition the board, but am still having issues doing it consistently. I also have an issue holding a turn at a higher speed. I feel like I am very unstable at greater speed.

Can anyone provide some advice? The instructor said that I am a natural and am well on my way to being able to snowboard. He stated I was probably the easiest student he had (I am guessing my skiing ability helped a bit). I am just looking to find a few more dots to connect Thanks in advance!!
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So last night I FINALLY made it to the hill (Cascade Mountain) to start my transition from skiing to boarding. I pretty much stuck to the "beginner" hills to get started. I also picked up a single lesson from a guy named Austin at Cascade Mountain (great kid/guy). Overall I would say that for my first time out I did well. I was able to load/unload from the lift, skate, hike, and stop. As for turning that is where I need the most work. I am able to initiate a toe side turn as well as a heel side turn, but am having some problems transitioning from one to the other (linking). I have been using the "push/pull" method to transition the board, but am still having issues doing it consistently. I also have an issue holding a turn at a higher speed. I feel like I am very unstable at greater speed.

Can anyone provide some advice? The instructor said that I am a natural and am well on my way to being able to snowboard. He stated I was probably the easiest student he had (I am guessing my skiing ability helped a bit). I am just looking to find a few more dots to connect Thanks in advance!!
idk, not an instructor but perhaps use a count...1,2,3,4
1 drop the nose or release the uphill edge to drop the nose into the fall line,
2 initiate the turn by engaging the nose contact point...heel or toe edge with cog shifted fore...use torsional twist or steer with the leading knee or big toe/little toe pressure.
3 apex or middle of the turn with cog shifted to mid to aft
4 turn compleation or transversing and getting ready to transition by shift cog fore
*cog= center of gravity, move by shifting your hips fore (nose) and aft (tail) along the length or paralle to the board.

Its kind of a rythym or timing thing...thus the count
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Can anyone provide some advice? The instructor said that I am a natural and am well on my way to being able to snowboard. He stated I was probably the easiest student he had (I am guessing my skiing ability helped a bit). I am just looking to find a few more dots to connect Thanks in advance!!
Congrats on making the switch!

My advice is to just get out and ride as much as possible. Don't over think it. Sounds like you've done well so far, so go practice for a few days and then get another lesson if you've reached a plateau.
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Since you have some experience with skiing, this usually really helps your progression with snowboarding. Having some muscle strength and decent balance go a long way. With out a video, I would guess the transition is one of the more common problems:

Problem:

Weight is shifted to the rear as you start to point the board down the hill. This reduces your ability to steer into the turn. You may sometimes notice while trying to turn you get popped around quickly and lose your balance. This happens when you shift to the rear quickly.

Fix:

Focus on keeping your weight balanced, with a bit of extra weight on the front foot. Think about putting the weight on your knee and foot. You don`t want to be standing too tall and leaning over the front of the board with the upper body.

Problem:

Not bending the knees, and ankles enough. While at the same time leaning the upper body. This sort of looks like this:

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The lower body is not bent/flexed at all and you initiate the turn only with the upper body.

Fix:

While standing on the flat ground, try and bend your knees and ankles. Almost like you are going to do a small jump. Keeping your back up straight, and head looking in the direction you want to go. Get used to this stance while not moving. As you take it to the hill, you will likely start to unbend the knees and ankles as the speed increases. Try and focus on keep them bent and flexed.

Problem:

Riding open. This means that you turn you upper body to face down the hill.

Fix:

Try and keep your upper body in line with the board. You can try grabbing the sides of you pants to keep yourself in line with the board. For some people, they like to stick their hands straight out, so they can see when they are not inline with the board. Try both, but for most holding the sides of the pants works best.

Good luck and keep at it!
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Really appreciate the responses thus far!!! Keep'em coming.
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The instructional videos from Snow Professor and Snowolf have really made a big difference for me.
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