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Old 09-24-2013, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I've been wondering, How fast is fast in terms of snowboarding? The reason I ask is because I'm going to get a new board and the words describing how it is oftenly use "fast...bombing...for carving".

So I ask you, How fast is bombing the hill?

Is it like tears in my eyes, breakneck speeds, straight lining the whole thing or is it more like fast carving?
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well for me "bombing" is a term used to define straightlining a hill, very little edging, no carving and seepds from 50-75kmph, maybe more.

Now I don't think companies design boards just for that lol, but I'm guessing they mean charging, which is riding fast and aggressive on hardpack/groomers and chopped up snow (aka. resort riding). A mix of aggressive carving, some bombing etc. A little stiffer board with some damping basically.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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55mph+ id say is bombing


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slow the fuck down.
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I don't even try to keep up with ski guys that regularly clock 60-70 mph and they prefer ice...50 mph is fast enough for me.
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slow the fuck down.

You're a ski/board patroller aren't you?
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My best is 70.8mph. That was in warmer conditions in the sun. I never do it with people around or over blind rollers. No turning involved, friction and wind resistance are the limiting factors

I've been looking for a better trail in the shade to go to first thing in the morning but it's hard to find a good long steep enough run for it
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You're a ski/board patroller aren't you?
No I just spend enough days at the resort and time on this forum to know that most people who are getting seriously hurt have just barely enough skill to provide a confidence level way beyond their actual ability.

If you don't ride in this manner you will actually get better as you try to snowboard and turn instead of straightline it.

If you do ride this way, it will kill you at Keystone, literally.

Gravity has a way of sucking you down the hill and speed is fun, but taking the effort to enjoy the bits between the lift rides is key.


Being a dick and telling speed freaks to slow the fuck down is actually looking out for their progression AND safety.

I've been as fast as anyone here on a snowboard too, big fucking deal. Quoting an inaccurate GPS number about the effect of gravity on my body as if skill were involved is just silly. 50-70mph? Go learn 3's for fucks sake or switch to skiing.
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No I just spend enough days at the resort and time on this forum to know that most people who are getting seriously hurt have just barely enough skill to provide a confidence level way beyond their actual ability.

If you don't ride in this manner you will actually get better as you try to snowboard and turn instead of straightline it.

If you do ride this way, it will kill you at Keystone, literally.

Gravity has a way of sucking you down the hill and speed is fun, but taking the effort to enjoy the bits between the lift rides is key.


Being a dick and telling speed freaks to slow the fuck down is actually looking out for their progression AND safety.

I've been as fast as anyone here on a snowboard too, big fucking deal. Quoting an inaccurate GPS number about the effect of gravity on my body as if skill were involved is just silly. 50-70mph? Go learn 3's for fucks sake or switch to skiing.
No argument from me btw - just teasing.

But as we've mentioned on the season goals thread, especially on a snowboard, there's alot more to do than just charge the mountain.
I'll charge a run the first time, but more than that on the same run, I start to look for natural features to play on. It improves your riding imo.

As for Keystone, I was there last year for the first time. Quite enjoyed it, but I hear ya about charging it. Lots of blind turns from what I remember.
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No argument from me btw - just teasing.

But as we've mentioned on the season goals thread, especially on a snowboard, there's alot more to do than just charge the mountain.
I'll charge a run the first time, but more than that on the same run, I start to look for natural features to play on. It improves your riding imo.

As for Keystone, I was there last year for the first time. Quite enjoyed it, but I hear ya about charging it. Lots of blind turns from what I remember.
edited my title, yea I knew u were, but I like the chance to make an issue of it. maybe one less death at keystone someday.

keystone is a killer, go look up resort deaths over the last 5-15 years. 2 years ago there was no snow and something like 17 people died there of impact trauma, 12 of which had helmets on.

I'm as guilty as most loving the speed, but I'm trying to spread a bit of wisdom here, I know it to be truth.
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