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Old 08-29-2013, 03:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wink Riding Steep Powder Runs: Help Vid Included

I stumbled across this video while browsing around, and I thought I'd share it with you guys...



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Old 08-29-2013, 04:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like he's wasting some good steep cutting back and forth. Charge that shit.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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For an instructional video he's doing it wrong, go figure. I've never considered traversing with pivot turns a good way to ride steep pow runs.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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On fresh relatively untrammeled stuff, I'd be inclined to more big sweeping turns, but when the stuff starts to get a bit used, straight-lining it can be career-limiting . In those cases, C turns or pivot turns may be more in order. Of course, if you're a point-and-shoot kind of rider, that's fine too. Whatever's most fun and doesn't kill you.
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I'm not saying straight lining is the way (all the time), but adding some down hill angle and using speed to turn rather than your body is just better, it's more fluid and helps maintain float anyway.
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it looks damn steep (if it looks steep in a video, it is even more steeper in real life) I don't think I have the skill/ballz to charge something of such angle.
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Hmmm... I'd negociate a narrow icy steep passage like that, or to navigate through rocks or an avy cone, but in pow? It's waisting a good run. Don't know how steep it is, hard to judge from a vid, but in fresh >40 I'd never ride like that. This stop and go puts a lot of pressure on the snowpack... Maybe not an issue at that place, but here my rule of thumb is the steeper it is, the mellower turns I try to do. Also riding faster will result in a better float and turning is easier.

Looked at it a second time... I really don't like the vid. He recommends this to be the right way to ride pow in steep in general without differentiation or giving a warning word on avy danger. He said 35cm fresh. For 35cm fresh in certain terrain on certain days, this could be the best way to induce a slab.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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it looks damn steep (if it looks steep in a video, it is even more steeper in real life) I don't think I have the skill/ballz to charge something of such angle.

Charge it.... Looks a little steep, def not deep powder. If you tried that pivot shit in deep pow you would be all sluffed up.

Also, I charge more because I'm a big guy, I will make stuff sluff or slide way faster than most at 280-290 lbs.
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That video should be titled

"How to ruin all the snow for everyone in one run."
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It should be called "Survival tips when you're out of your league"

I was getting mad watching him, just point it down and have fun!
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