Linking my turns - dry slope

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  Thread Started By:   user58692   On:   Friday 06/04/2018 @ 13:09 Show Newest First    
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  #2  Linking my turns - dry slope  Posted 06/04/2018 @ 13:09
Hi all!
I'm new to snowboarding, and I've been on the local dry slope learning the heel edge and toe edge.
I can do them both well, but only on their own - I can't go into fall line and into the other edge.

Whenever I try, I get stuck in the fall line and it takes a long time to switch into the right edge so I only get on turn in on the slope. Most of the time, however, I fall while in the fall line and trying to turn.

Any advice on how to improve my linked turns?
Thanks in advance!
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  #3  Re: Linking my turns - dry slope  Posted 07/04/2018 @ 02:07
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Some useful pointers here...
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  #4  Re: Linking my turns - dry slope  Posted 10/04/2018 @ 10:29
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Getting turns for the first time on a dry slope is hard. You need a good instructor for starters. For heel to toe - find an object at the top of the slope to fix your eyes on. As you start going straight down the fall line turn your head and shoulders up the slope to fix your eyes on your chosen object. Your legs and hips should follow you head and shoulders and bring the board around so you end up across the slope on your toe edge. For toe to heel - try using you front arm to point where you want to go. This technique just gets you starting to feel what a turn is like. You have to get your front knee bent too - again a good instructor will sort all this but I would I really consider going to a snow slope for a lesson as long as you can find a good instructor. The unweighting shown in the video only comes into play once you have got the basics right.
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  #5  Re: Linking my turns - dry slope  Posted 13/04/2018 @ 22:42
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Well the answer to this is in the question.

'Dry slope'

Dryslopes have too much friction, so turning is harder and slower. They are also steeper to compensate for the increased drag.

So if you are at the linking turns stage your ready to crack on with this at an indoor snow slope.

However if the distance or cost is too prohibitive. Then absolutlely perfect 'Garlands'. which are repeated turns on the same edge. Once you can master these to the point where you can take the board completely straight into the fall line and then turn back onto your edge then you are ready to try linking your turns.

Another little trick I used to employ when learning linked turns was a reverse traverse to slingshot you round. Easier to demonstrate than explain in writing. It's a bit of a bad habit but it gets you through the fall line and onto the opposite edge nice and fast. I often use it in tricky off-piste spots where I need to change edge very quickly so certainly not a gimick.
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