Splitboard.com Forums

The World's first exclusive splitboard discussion forums






It is currently Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:43 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 58 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Got no Steez....
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:20 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:18 pm
Posts: 473
Location: New Castle, Colorado
I got no Steez....

For as long as I have been riding, mostly alpine carving and seeking powder. I never really ventured over to the "park". I was wondering what practical application freestyle has in the backcountry? What are the freestyle basics to learn that are applicable to backcountry?

Can anyone share a backcountry experience where freestyle got them out of a tight spot rather than just riding normally?

_________________
Ride the Pow!
----
Venture Storm R 163 (2010), Dynafit Binding/Sparks Adapter, Scarpa F1 Boots, Bomber Sidewinder Bindings * Prior 172 Fissile (2012) Dynafit Binding/Sparks Adapter


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Got no Steez....
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:37 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:21 am
Posts: 21
Watch Nicolas Mueller and Terje Haakonsen in the backcountry, these guys have the most effortless style. From riding halfpipe they know exactly how to ride different transitions and backcountry features instinctively.

Throwing tricks into the mix doesn't seem to affect Travis Rice or Jake Blauvelt's AK lines in a negative way. Even Xavier De Le Rue has a nice bs7 on dial.

As far as useful application goes in the backcountry, apart from improving your switch riding which can be improtant, it just looks good.

_________________
Amplid::: Next Level Splitboards
http://www.amplid.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Got no Steez....
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:00 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2005 8:51 am
Posts: 640
Why not just ski?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Got no Steez....
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:33 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:18 pm
Posts: 473
Location: New Castle, Colorado
I love to surf pow!!!!!

_________________
Ride the Pow!
----
Venture Storm R 163 (2010), Dynafit Binding/Sparks Adapter, Scarpa F1 Boots, Bomber Sidewinder Bindings * Prior 172 Fissile (2012) Dynafit Binding/Sparks Adapter


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Got no Steez....
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:46 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:29 pm
Posts: 307
Location: Tacoma,WA
I think the main think that I took from growing up as a park rat was feeling comfortable hauling ass in the air. I rode mammoth for over 10 years, and while every time it snowed I was riding powder, I still loved hitting jumps and rails when it didn't (skateboarding background) The jumps in mammoth require a ton of speed to clear, especially in main park. If your jacket isn't flapping in the wind, you're not gonna clear the knuckle.

In the BC sometimes you'll be in a situation where you may need to point it over a cliff, or through a chute into an air, etc. Feeling comfortable hauling ass into airs totally helps my backcountry riding. Of course it depends on what type of terrain you like to ride.

Other than that I think its more fun to turn the BC into a little powder park.

_________________
Saign
------
www.saignc.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Got no Steez....
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:12 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:01 pm
Posts: 800
Location: Colorado
Switch baby!

Not only is it fun, it can also save your junk in certain situations. :thumpsup:

_________________
Talking about snowboarding is like dancing about architecture...


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Got no Steez....
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:15 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:48 pm
Posts: 46
I just rented and watched an older movie on Craig Kelley. He has the best turning style I ave ever seen. So much upper body and arm swag. I for sure think it helps. I am 33 and used to be into the park and rails but am all about pow and splitboarding now. I think it has helped me.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Got no Steez....
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:49 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:44 pm
Posts: 704
Location: The Magic City
Powder_Rider wrote:
I was wondering what practical application freestyle has in the backcountry?


:lol: that's like asking what practical application gymnastics has! What's the point of examining its practicality? It's an art!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Got no Steez....
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:10 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:18 pm
Posts: 473
Location: New Castle, Colorado
Nick. I looking for what I do to improve my riding. I can carve and ride fast. I am advance rider. Just wonder what I can improve on this coming year. Never really considered riding switch. I'm not going to huck any cliffs.

What are the basics in freestyle that are helpful in the backcountry?

_________________
Ride the Pow!
----
Venture Storm R 163 (2010), Dynafit Binding/Sparks Adapter, Scarpa F1 Boots, Bomber Sidewinder Bindings * Prior 172 Fissile (2012) Dynafit Binding/Sparks Adapter


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Got no Steez....
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:27 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:01 pm
Posts: 800
Location: Colorado
Powder_Rider wrote:
What are the basics in freestyle that are helpful in the backcountry?
Grabs really help to stabilize you in the air too. Rolling up the windows is never optimal...

_________________
Talking about snowboarding is like dancing about architecture...


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Got no Steez....
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:42 am 
Offline

Joined: Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:20 pm
Posts: 316
Approaching 40 and having no park/skate skills to speak of, i feel your pain. I can still ride big, steep lines and love the backcountry. The main advantage i have is endurance from riding mtb for years and hiking 95% of my runs.
I have been hiking the last several years with a young guy (early twenties) and what he lacks in stamina he makes up for with skill and fearlessness on the mountain. He blows me away with his style and speed, yet we both seem to have a great time regardless.
The question appears to have been answered already by previous poster boys. Really all style comes down to is an expression of your own joy for riding regardles of pipe or park experience.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Got no Steez....
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:16 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:07 pm
Posts: 363
Location: Green Mountains
This has hardboot/softboot written all over it.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Got no Steez....
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:35 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:18 pm
Posts: 473
Location: New Castle, Colorado
Quote:
This has hardboot/softboot written all over it.


While I am a hardbooter. I am being sincere in what I asking to improve my riding, this coming season. So this is not a hard boot vs. softboot debate, nor is it wanted in this thread!

_________________
Ride the Pow!
----
Venture Storm R 163 (2010), Dynafit Binding/Sparks Adapter, Scarpa F1 Boots, Bomber Sidewinder Bindings * Prior 172 Fissile (2012) Dynafit Binding/Sparks Adapter


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 58 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 19 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  





Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group