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Old 05-27-2013, 05:13 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Ha that does sound fun. Sounds like when it is reeaaly narrow there is an element of swinging the back leg then? I've always heard of back-leg ruddering as some evil technique that should never be used (or in the forums this seems to be the case). Maybe there's a place for it...
One day I will be that boarder that bombs through the middle of the weaving skiiers... one day
Well... ruddering sound negative and I think I can imagine, what it defines. I see people "rudder" forceless and uncoordinated with their back legs and upper body turned in the opposite direction. In that case I'd also say it's bad


@Kevin: Your vid is a highway!
I'm thinking of almost 1000 vertical meters of this (here a least with a rope )


Or one of my favorite passages at home, begins at 0:58 (not my vid). Right side it a vertical drop of about 500m.
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:17 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Well... ruddering sound negative and I think I can imagine, what it defines. I see people "rudder" forceless and uncoordinated with their back legs and upper body turned in the opposite direction. In that case I'd also say it's bad


@Kevin: Your vid is a highway!
I'm thinking of almost 1000 vertical meters of this (here a least with a rope )


Or one of my favorite passages at home, begins at 0:58 (not my vid). Right side it a vertical drop of about 500m.
I love launching off the side of cat tracks like that, Snowbird UT was great for those.
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:19 PM   #13 (permalink)
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@Kevin: Your vid is a highway!
I'm thinking of almost 1000 vertical meters of this (here a least with a rope )
You are looking at it with a child on the , it is 7 metres wide, although it does appear that it is wider in points because it actually is, at points, but they put a little mound of snow to stop you ending up in the trees, like that helps when you can't ski or snowboard, and to be fair, i would, if i was a novice skier stay well away from the likes of what you posted, but where i am now with my boarding, i would be off the side having loads of fun in the POW...
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:25 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I love launching off the side of cat tracks like that, Snowbird UT was great for those.
Uhm... not at this place! We see this every year... you get a good view from down at the aprés ski bar at how the heli rescue team tries to get them out off the cliff. well... it's better now since they put lots of warnings signs with scull n crossbones but at other spots I totally agree, groomers are only good for connecting fields of gold

To the OP: try to exercise at a spot where you feel save e.g. a wide slope. You could define a range of 3m from the poles that indicate the border of a groomer to be your track and exercise short turns, fast edge to edge transition there (use your knees! ). There you won't be distracted by drops, trees or skiers. Take your time, confidence comes automatically. If you KNOW you can stay within a certain corridor on a groomer, these tracks will loose their freight
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That does look a little narrower than what he was riding for sure, but for a 6 or 7 year old everything is frightening... Hence he went head 1st the other side... Hehe



He is getting there that is for sure, we are very proud of him, he only got about 24 hours on the snow his 1st season, but his 2nd, this past season he has been really focused, tried really hard and pushed himself hard, he has had some great support from a few of the local pros, Stian Sivertzen has been amazing with him, and always takes time to push him that little harder...

We started a fb page for him in March, and he has nearly a 1000 likes on it already, and we post his videos there, you can see many more, including his 1st attempt at a slush pool, with hilarious results, but he went at it with the aim of succeeding even though he knew he would probably not...

If anyone else wants to follow him or just see more of his videos, www.sneakysnowboarder.com takes you straight there... The more the merrier, he loves that people see what he does, he thinks it's really cool... So much so, he raided his savings to buy his own action camera even though we already had 2 in the house, purely because then it is his, and not mine... So cool...
dope !! tell the lil superstar he got himself a fan in oslo... Im in kongsberg quite often... its a sweet little resort you guys got their, we usually go on the alpinetog tilbud from nsb when I need a break from the crowds in tryvann...
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dope !! tell the lil superstar he got himself a fan in oslo... Im in kongsberg quite often... its a sweet little resort you guys got their, we usually go on the alpinetog tilbud from nsb when I need a break from the crowds in tryvann...
Cool, i was in Tryvann in April, last week, i love it there, but Kongsberg is "home" for me...

I actually live in Drammen, not Kongsberg, but hey, what's a small drive... Haha
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True... there is an element of me freaking out when I see the edge. And imagining diving off the side in a dramatic accident, taking several skiers out with me.
OR... maybe it just makes me hyper-aware of my technique, whereas I don't think about it as much on a wide open stretch
Remember: where you look is where you go.

I'll catch myself noticing a careen-to-my-death drop edge and promptly switch my focus and thoughts. Especially when I rapidly begin to wonder if I'd hit that tree first then the rocks? Or the rocks first? Before long into such speculation I'm much closer to that edge than I'd prefer to be.

Basically it's that cue of thought progression to snap me back to reality and immediately look where it is I actually want to go. Ideally I have it down to when I glance at it, I look away.
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You know that Timeksrpessen has a deal for a return ticket with lift pass as well don't you...???

Maybe not quite as fast as the train, but it is in force everyday, just so you know...

Stay in touch and we can hook up next season, and you can take the piss out of my bad riding...
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Little legend!!! Yeah that is about the size of most of our bloody slopes at many of the NZ ski fields, haha.

I am assuming the OP means a little smaller? Either way, no shame in using some back leg ruddering in the narrows, full on turns with traffic just isn't feasible on some runs. Just my opinion, I'm no expert...
Yeah, some of the runs i'm talking are narrower, pretty much a few metres across and next to some crazy cliff edges.

Mad props to the little dude for his riding though. He's gunna be amazing by the time he's my/our age if he sticks with it!
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To the OP: try to exercise at a spot where you feel save e.g. a wide slope. :
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Remember: where you look is where you go.

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Yeah good advice... I need to practice my technique more on wider groomers I think rather than just bmbing around all the time (however fun that may be).

And as most people have said, I just got to ignore the edges or just man up and deal with it ha. Unfortunately I won't be able to put this into practice until December now

Anyone got any vids of them/someone riding one of these narrow slopes well?
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