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 Post subject: need a technical thread for ski and snowboard
PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:04 pm 
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We need 2 new threads. One specifically for technical discussions on skiing. The other for technical discussions on snowboarding.

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 Post subject: Re: need a technical thread for ski and snowboard
PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:05 am 
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You should join this forum, it's for people who are into racing and ski school:
http://www.epicski.com/

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 Post subject: Re: need a technical thread for ski and snowboard
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:17 am 
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Yes, I have met some of the epicski "Bears" and many of them are instructors. They have all been down-to-earth and not macho "show-off" types. :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: need a technical thread for ski and snowboard
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:05 pm 
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TheSnowman wrote:
You should join this forum, it's for people who are into racing and ski school:
http://www.epicski.com/



I have belong to epic for about 4 years. I for discussion that are more professional and somewhat more informed about skiing and snowboarding than some of the posts on EPIC. Also, it would be useful to have specific discussions regarding the technical requirements and progressions that would be helpful to skiing/boarding at Mammoth.


I envision a moderator who can set a professional tone, that can keep the posts on topic and not let them get personal.

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 Post subject: You're doing it wrong...
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:22 pm 
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Keep this guide so that you can refer back to it.

Put your weight a bit more on two feet throughout the turn instead of mostly on your downhill ski. This will help you stay afloat and facilitate sliding when you need to. Ski on two feet and let er rip. If you were the type of powder skier who used to make lots of slow, little bouncing up and down turns then you need to try and go faster. Open it up and go for it!

Slide instead of carve! Yes, believe it or not this is something that you should be trying to do in the powder. The more dense and compacted the snow is the easier it will be to perform slides. Sliding will greatly improve your maneuverability and control. Begin your powder turn and then instead of hitting your edges hard to carve a turn, stand up on two feet and let your skis slide or skid diagonally across the fall line.

Retraining your mind that sliding not carving is actually a good thing is a very hard concept for many people to swallow. When you set your skis sideways to start a slide there is much less ski at the tip and tail to catch the snow and prevent the slide. It also helps to eliminate catching your downhill edges and stuffing it. This will allow you to stand upright and attack the mountain much more efficiently.

Try doing a long slide instead of doing a turn at all. Skiers constantly link one turn to the next in powder because in the past you lacked the ability and technology to slide. It also has traditionally been considered proper style to make identical, consecutive linked turns down a 'powder slope. Now you have the option to carve, slide, crab sideways, hockey stop, and basically use the slope in many creative ways instead of such a limited traditional style.


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 Post subject: Re: need a technical thread for ski and snowboard
PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:33 pm 
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Shifty, I think that in powder the linking of the turn does not have to be as definitive as in harder surface snow, but I appreciate the online guide.

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