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Old 04-09-2013, 05:42 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Update - went down my first black diamonds at Kirkwood! Again, not pretty but was able to link turns as long as I was cutting across the mountain. So fun. On normal blues I can link turns and on easy blues and greens I'm starting to carve and really maintain speed. Woot! Too bad season is over.

Wonder if there's anywhere to go for summer boarding and can't wait until next season...already put $49 down on a tahoe local pass

But I still basically fall off the chairlift everytime. Get lots of laughs. Overall 9 days up this season, after discovering snowboarding in late jan. Hoping to double that next year and I'll be happy camper.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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just a tip on the chairlift thing. When i was still new to it i figured out that if i put half my free boot on the board and half off it was a lot easier. I would basically be on my toes nad if i went too fast i would put my heel down which helped me stop.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:38 PM   #13 (permalink)
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getting off the chair you gotta get forward, 70/30 weight on the front foot, swing it around a bit, pressure heel or toe to stop, drag at first if you like....practice somewhere you can kick downhill and stop

you are most likely getting too far back inadvertently, then, as you know, yer fukt
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getting off the chair you gotta get forward, 70/30 weight on the front foot, swing it around a bit, pressure heel or toe to stop, drag at first if you like....practice somewhere you can kick downhill and stop

you are most likely getting too far back inadvertently, then, as you know, yer fukt
haha you are right on. at this point i've figured out how to jump off into a toe side slip pretty quick and hit the deck with no injuries. at least i can fall predictably... but im gonna commit next time up to just putting the weight forward (im always sitting back too much) and just figure it out
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oh dear, whutcha got there son is a bad habit
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:17 PM   #16 (permalink)
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good advice in the off season: learn to ride a skateboard...!

it will seriously help you. a lot of people will say the two are not very similar, but the balance and control aspects you will learn will definitely help you a lot next season.

i've been skateboarding for 16 years and i've been snowboarding less than you... i just started 6 weeks ago. the skills i have learned from skateboarding had me linking turns on greens within 10 minutes, and the whole mountain by the first two days. this forum was a big help in deciding which gear to invest in, and all around an awesome place to learn from - thank you guys!

i'm not trying to sound like a jerk or come off in a bad way, i'm just sharing my experience that board sports translate from one another in many ways. skateboarding would be great cross training for you, and you'll be so much more confident with your riding if you can get good on concrete. i commend you for learning from scratch on a snowboard, i slammed so hard my first few days - i can't imagine how frustrated you got!

keep snowboarding too, it's awesome that you are at this point! from my limited experience, it gets REALLY fun from here on... as mentioned before, a lesson should help! i haven't had one yet, but might do some sort of advanced lesson next year just to make sure i'm not learning bad habits.

oh yeah - HAVE FUN!
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good advice in the off season: learn to ride a skateboard...!
+1...when you skate, there is no offseason, they overlap...not the same, they compliment eachother
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