Sunday, December 11, 2005

Breckenridge - Imperial Express

New Snowboarding Technique
On this vacation I decided to take some lessons, just to check my technique out, aparently I was doing (as most Snowboarders do a lot of things wrong). Always remember to lean forward, stand perpendicular to the board, and close your stance, i.e. your chest should be pointing at 90 degrees to the direction of travel, in a Homer Simpson belly out style (on piste, not fopr deep powder technique). After the instructor told us this, it became aparent that 90% of the people are snowboarding incorrectly, using the "Fear" stance, leaning back with belly pointing down the slope, this is incorrect, and after days of trying the correct stance I am now able to board faster, safer and under much more control.

Highlight of Second Day
On the second day the instructor took us up to the top of the Imperial Express, which is the highest lift operated terrain in the USA. However after getting off the list, he decided that this wasn't high enough so we walked for another 20 minutes further up the slope. It was worth it, the views were fantastic, and we then snowboarded off the top. This is the closest that I have come to the footage I watch in most of my snowboarding videos, the steepest, smoothest terrain I have ridden down. It is making me smile just thinking about it. On the picture it is the little bump the the left of the lift top, you can just see a slice moving diagonally from right to left where we entered this slope.

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