GremUSA Posted November 8, 2005 Report Share Posted November 8, 2005 Hi Everybody, new guy here please offer your advice. My background - I'm 45, 5'10" 180#, former athlete (inline speedskater, but sedentary for about the last 4 years). I spend a coupla weeks each year on the mountain - a week at Copper around Jan and one at Snowmass in March. For 10 years or so I've been doing this and having a great time skidding all over these mountains in much of the terrain - blues and some blacks, powder and trees and I do pretty well and skid agressively. Watching from the lift I've always seen a boarder here and there get up on edge and knew that's THE way and recently I discovered this community and a newer (to me), refined world of technique and excitement ala carving. As I've read about carving I see a high level of technique, strength and development required. I already purchased a high end board and am looking into the rest of the wares and I have the $pendulicas to do so. My question though: Can I expect to achieve any kind of carve technique in the short time I'm doing this each season? I've been reading where even experienced carvers can spend a week just getting the muscle coordination back as it seems the technique can be quite unnatural and here I am not even posessing the ability and hope to in a couple short trips. Plus I'm not in any high level of cardio or strength. I'm not throwing in the towel before I start I just want the advice of everyone; a reality check to know if I don't stand a chance and should go back to enjoying skidding around (and still watch you guys from the lift),,,or do I have a ghost of a chance of making any kind of carve progress. Otherwise it really doesn't make sense to continue to lay down the coin. The other side OF the coin is maybe there's an intermediary setup - can I carve quicker and faster on a softer setup like a 4WD and 123 boots....Seee I kinda tend to think, 'all or nuthin' baby' (I already bought the stiff race board -- F2 speed :o ) - like the stiffer setup forces you to have better technique. When I raced on skates I always trained on a long track boot which improved my ankle modality/technique and I'm converting this thinking to the board in terms of the best equipment can help you to be the best in that field. Anyhoo, your thoughts por favor, Thank you all ahead for any advice and thanks Michelle for talking to me about some of the equipment. on the edge in Indiana ;) Greg Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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