JimG. wrote:For me, it was the day I was told to keep my hands positioned parallel to the pitch of the slope I'm skiing on. Once I started keeping my uphill hand a bit higher than my downhill hand, my hips naturally angulated and I discovered the joys of good edge angles and carved turns.
Cannonball Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 8:58 am
The absolutley most basic and most valuable piece of snowboarding instruction came on day one. Weight your front foot, NOT your back foot. Same concept is true in sking but WAY more critical in beginning snowboarding. Weighting the front foot automatically staightens out the board and brings you directly down the hill (scary but good). Weighting the back foot swings the board around parrallel to the fall-line. Usually right after this happens you hit the ground so hard that you get a chance to taste you spleen
JimG. wrote: ...it's so interesting to see these responses and the thread that runs through all disciplines...that moment of clarity followed by a steep jump on the learning curve. It's funny because sometimes others don't see the improvement but you definitely feel it yourself. Can be real subtle.
Jay Suds wrote:my breakthrough "ahha" moment in skiing was probably focusing on looking down the fall line, and keeping my uphill hand in front of my body ... overall, this keeps me forward in my stance and my upper body quiet.
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