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Old 02-15-2013, 12:21 AM   #21 (permalink)
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just dropped in to say all of these "i started snowboarding in my 50's" posts are making me glad I still have ~30 years left of riding if I keep my health up.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:20 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I have my back foot on the stomp pad. When I'm going down a gentle slope with just my front foot in the bindings I feel like I have no control over the board. Often, I fall and that causes me real concern because the fall tends to twist my front ankle and/or knee. I want to practice skating with my back foot on the stomp pad but I'm so afraid of wrecking my ankle or knee when I fall.
That's because you are probably steering with your back foot still. Once you start steering with the front foot (start right now!) it is easier and you won't even need a stomp pad.

Just ride the board straight down (no edging) and the slightly press your toes or heel on your front foot. Trust me. It works.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:40 PM   #23 (permalink)
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just dropped in to say all of these "i started snowboarding in my 50's" posts are making me glad I still have ~30 years left of riding if I keep my health up.
Better late than never! I started rock climbing in my late 30s. Every decade I add another extreme sport to my activities. When I'm 60 I'm trying surfing!

Again, all thanks for the help. I continue to practice with one foot in the bindings. Had a bad fall off the lift the other day because a bunch of people who had just gotten off the lift just stood in the offload area. Because I can't steer that well, yet, with one leg in I tried to move away from the crowd. That resulted in my board spinning and catching an edge. Took a bad fall and sure enough twisted my knee a bit. Fortunately, nothing too serious. Just sore.
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Better late than never! I started rock climbing in my late 30s. Every decade I add another extreme sport to my activities. When I'm 60 I'm trying surfing!

Again, all thanks for the help. I continue to practice with one foot in the bindings. Had a bad fall off the lift the other day because a bunch of people who had just gotten off the lift just stood in the offload area. Because I can't steer that well, yet, with one leg in I tried to move away from the crowd. That resulted in my board spinning and catching an edge. Took a bad fall and sure enough twisted my knee a bit. Fortunately, nothing too serious. Just sore.
If you see you have nowhere to go you can try to wave at the lift operator up and down with two hands to slow down the lift to clear out the people. If you are out of control and about to run into someone, at least try to give them a warning or give a yell look out, being blindsided really sucks. I had the board spin out on me once when I put my back foot on the snow getting off the lift . It was a combination of turning toe side, trying to stop with my rear foot and doing the splits , it was ulgy, so I try to always keep my foot on the board with very light pressure.

Turning very hard can also act like a hard brake causing fishtailing, it is like you have to go with the flow with just small steering adjustment.

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If you see you have nowhere to go you can try to wave at the lift operator up and down with two hands to slow down the lift to clear out the people.
Or you can yell "MOVE YOU FUCKING MORONS!!!" and ride straight at them.

There's "inconsiderate" and there's "just plain stupid". Stopping at the exit of the landing area is inconsiderate but you can get around it. Walking right through the landing area for instance is just plain stupid and those people need a wake-up call. I've run right over the equipment of people who do that, and actually straight-armed one guy.

I'm not normally a rude fuck a la BurtonAvenger but the guy's got some good points on some issues. There are people who are so dense that saying something polite like "Excuse me kind sir. Could I trouble you to move your Grey Poupon elsewhere?" just does nothing.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:34 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I'm an old dude snowboarding as well, just turned 46. I've been boarding for a lot of years, but generally only a few days a year, since I don't live by mountains. I've become what I would consider intermediate-advanced on all activities that don't involve leaving the ground...old remember?

For skating, or more accurately, sliding with 1 foot in, what helped me was something that has already been mentioned: push HARD against the back binding so your back foot is locked. Slide your foot a LITTLE bit towards the edge you need to use, then put even weight on both feet. Consciously use your front foot to lift the non edge side of the board, and also use your front foot to hold that edge.

One thing that hasn't been mentioned is protective gear. I would guess most 20somethings will say suck it up, but for us older crowd, it HURTS to fall in hard pack or ice. Even something as simple as falling on your ass getting off of the lift can jar my back and make the rest of the day suck. I now wear padded shorts and knee pads. Falls like I'm describing hurt a LOT less. Instead of getting all twisted up and wrenching a knee, I just fall on my well padded ass.
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Or you can yell "MOVE YOU FUCKING MORONS!!!" and ride straight at them.

There's "inconsiderate" and there's "just plain stupid". Stopping at the exit of the landing area is inconsiderate but you can get around it. Walking right through the landing area for instance is just plain stupid and those people need a wake-up call. I've run right over the equipment of people who do that, and actually straight-armed one guy.

I'm not normally a rude fuck a la BurtonAvenger but the guy's got some good points on some issues. There are people who are so dense that saying something polite like "Excuse me kind sir. Could I trouble you to move your Grey Poupon elsewhere?" just does nothing.
Wtf -I'm not saying try to run into them but if you are out of control and about to blind side some it is better from them to know that you are out of control. This thread is about someone who has control issues coming off the lift. If someone was about to crash into into me which they have, I wish they gave me a "look out " or some warning,as their kid crashed into me.

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Wtf -I'm not saying try to run into them but if you are out of control and about to blind side some it is better from them to know that you are out of control. This thread is about someone who has control issues coming off the lift. If someone was about to crash into into me which they have, I wish they gave me a "look out " or some warning,as their kid crashed into me.
Not a question of "out of control". Even someone with good control needs a certain amount of room to maneuver. I consider myself pretty good with the skating actually, but I've had situations where I've bumped someone or someone's bumped me, and those are generally pretty mellow. No one gets mad, often everyone apologizes. Shit happens, it's a crowded mountain, and you accommodate. But there are also the people who seem to be totally oblivious to the fact that there are other people on the mountain, some of whom may be getting off lifts. At Seymour we have a problem at the top of Lodge because there are not only a lot of noobs, but also a lot of lookeyloos (parents, pedestrians, snowshoers, etc) who just wander around. You can get off the Lodge chair three times out of four with no problem, then the fourth time there's an entire family just wandering through the landing, and sometimes I mean RIGHT THERE! Sometimes the lifties will come over to say something, but often the liftie is some 18 year old girl with no command voice whatsoever. So out comes something like "please sir and madam, do you think you could move?". I on the other hand can bellow, and I'm not the slightest bit reluctant.

And sometimes you can be setting up for a nice normal dismount and some asshat will choose that moment to cut through the landing area. If I don't have time to bellow or evade, I'm happy to run over his toes or shoulder-check him. The point is not to assume that you are the one at fault and that you have to accommodate. If someone does something stupid I absolutely will not sacrifice myself for their sake. My wife did that on boxing day and she's still not back on skis yet. So if it's me or you, you're going down.
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For getting off the lift what helped me the most was to think of 2 things: keep my board straight and reach for the front of my board with my front hand. Keeps the weight forward. To turn I put my toe over the front of the board. You can drag that foot hanging over to slow down.

I just look forward, where I'm going. I had a habit of focusing on some ice on the side of the lift and freaking out. I always wear knee pads. My husband has been riding a long time and he always wears them. These are pretty small foam ones. Not only to they help if you fall, they're warm for sitting in snow. I used to wear the hard plastic ones. They're good too.
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If you are getting off the chair and there is a pile up...if you are on the side just do an immediate cut right or left or just do a controlled sit down and then roll off to the side...thus avioding plowing into others and/or an uncontrolled fall and injuring yourself or others. Its a hassle but better than ruiniing your or somebody elses day or season.
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