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Old 01-14-2014, 11:15 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I'm a really beginner (2 season only) but let me share what I learned so far.

I took 3 days group lessons in Whistler. It helps to start and I truly recommend, but only on the slopes you with really learn how to ride.

First of all: I'm goofy (just as reference).

Linking turns
- toe to heel turns for me are easier because putting my weight back downhill is more comfortable for me and naturally I change my balance.
- heel to toe turns became easier when I started really committing with my front foot releasing the weight from back foot. With my back foot without pressure into snow, I just needed a small push to complete the turn. I still don't know how to do it in higher speeds (higher speeds for me). Important tip: ALWAYS look up the hill. It really helps in getting your balance. Several times when I was about to fall I just put my head up looking up the hill.

Balance: toe to heel or heel to toe changes
That I learned by myself.
My overall basic ridding skills increased a lot when I finally started doing toe to heel or heel to toe changes confidently. I only was able to do it at the end of my second season. I did a 10 seconds video showing that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpAmhk7gX7U
It helps a lot in flat runs when you need to change you balance constantly to avoid stay in toes or heels for a long time (it caused me feet pain).

My next goals are:
- try to really bend my knees;
- link turns faster (small turns instead long paths to turn);
- continue working on toe to heel or heel to toe changes;
- dip my upper body down to match the steepness of the slope (I had time and courage to do it);

That was my 2 cents.

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Old 01-15-2014, 02:14 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Excellent stuff, Helbert, thankyou.
Glad you mentioned foot pain - I've not heard anyone else do so. My feet hurt quickly when riding on my toes. Surprisingly - as I surf, and toe side(forehand) is my 'natural' stance.
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