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Old 09-27-2013, 09:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Side Slipping (Heel side) - what am I doing wrong

Hi, I'm pretty much a beginner, I did my first week snowboarding 2 years ago in the Czech republic, for a week, and a year ago in Austria, also for a week.

In those two times, I noticed a problem with my side slipping.
After doing side slipping for a few minutes(when encountering a too steep of a hill for me) the mussels surrounding my ankle, and above that, really hurts. It hurts to an extend that I can't keep on doing side slipping. So, the way I see it, the problem should be one of the following:
  • Something's wrong with my technique
    My mussels around the ankle and above a re really week
    Side slipping in steep hills/icy hills was not meant to be done for more than a few minutes/dozens of meters...

What do you think?

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Old 09-27-2013, 10:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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probably all three. it's not gonna be extremely comfortable and natural, but not painful enough to make you want to stop, which is why i'm assuming it could just be lack of muscle in your calf and legs.
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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it sounds like your heels may have lifted as you were carving down the mountian, especially on the steeps. when your heel lifts, it really, really hurts your feet all over. to fix this: you can buy or rent a smaller size of boot.
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i think you need to increase the forward lean on your bindings
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perhaps ur using your muscles instead of understanding how to use the leverage generated by your bindings and joints and boots...which is generally noted to bend your knees more

and btw....side slipping is generally to be avoided

lessons are well worth the expense
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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it sounds like your heels may have lifted as you were carving down the mountian, especially on the steeps. when your heel lifts, it really, really hurts your feet all over. to fix this: you can buy or rent a smaller size of boot.
JFC, just when we all try to be civil and lenient with you, you post this utter horse shit...

The OPs problem is heel side, not toe side!!!
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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A few thoughts.

1. Take a lesson it's worth it
2. Muscle endurance and strength for those specific muscles will take a little time to build
3. Holding a specific edge for too long will make almost anyone cramp up
4. Being on a run that is to steep for your skill level will make you nervous causing you to use more muscles and strength then necessary.
5. Take a lesson

Like previously stated. Forward lean could help you use less muscle, bend your knees, take a lesson.
Oh and watch some YouTube videos "learn to snowboard"

Good luck
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:40 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Thanks for the answers...

Regarding my technique (or the lack of it...) - When I'm doing the side slipping, I'm greatly using my foot, by lifting the foot front and toes, so the ankle will be pushed against the mountain, and I'm not using other parts of the leg that much, is it a bad way to do it?

The pain I'm feeling is in the front of my leg,above the ankle, and below the shin.

Next time I'll be on a snowboard vacation, I'll ask the instructor to give me pointers on that one, cause it seems that my technique is flawed some how.
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Regarding my technique (or the lack of it...) - When I'm doing the side slipping, I'm greatly using my foot, by lifting the foot front and toes, so the ankle will be pushed against the mountain, and I'm not using other parts of the leg that much, is it a bad way to do it?

The pain I'm feeling is in the front of my leg,above the ankle, and below the shin.

Next time I'll be on a snowboard vacation, I'll ask the instructor to give me pointers on that one, cause it seems that my technique is flawed some how.
The two other replies stating forward lean on your bindings and leverage. They go hand and hand. Forward lean is when you adjust the high back forward towards the toe edge. Using the high back of your binding for leverage to lift the toe edge up rather then your ankles. So basically you use you legs not feet to lift the egde by leaning against the high back which gives you leverage
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I will echo the lesson and forward lean suggestions. Basically you want your weight song the work so squat down and this will move your mass over the heel edge which will engage it instead of trying to do it all with your feet/ankles.
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