jtslalom

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About jtslalom

  • Rank
    Alpine Ace
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  • Location
    Vernon NJ
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Mountain Creek
  • Occupation?
    High School Math teacher/ College professor math
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Rad Air Tanker 172, Status Uno 166, Status Uno 163, Ride Timeless 168, K-2 FatBob 163,
  • Current Boots Used?
    Burton Ion soft boots
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    Ride El Hefe soft bindings, Ride Double Agents soft bindings, Ride LS soft bindings (all Metal bindings)
  • Snowboarding since
    1988
  • Hardbooting since
    1990
  1. I am looking for a shorter Rad Air Tanker. I already have a 172 which I really enjoy riding. The resort I ride at does not have many wide slopes and is usually icy. I am looking to buy a shorter Rad Air Tanker some where in the low 160's. Plese let me know if you have anything to offer. Thanks JT
  2. John, It sounds like you had a great day on a great board. Like said above the conditions were probably great for your personal level and style of riding. I firmly believe that carving and good riding are mostly a product of the rider first, the conditions second and the board last. I do think that certain boards ride much better in certain conditions. I have a small quiver of boards but I will only ride one specific board in icy conditions while riding another board in semi-firm to firm conditions. More than likely you were on the right board at the right time. Does it warrant buying the board? If you really liked it then you should probably buy it. The only thing that I would be wary of is that the board is asymmetric. Jt
  3. 13 inches of snow fell on MC yesterday (2/9/17). I rode with Dave and Jimmy and it was awesome. It wasn't what I would call a carving day but it was soft windblown snow conditions that were down right fun to ride in. Bumps started to form on Zero-G and Upper/Lower Straightaway. We were also able to get a few mountain bike trail runs. Those are always nice with the high banked turns, whoops, and table top jumps. It was so much fun. Do yourselves a favor and get out and enjoy it while you can.
  4. The 1980's porn music really fits his style of riding. Knees together is fine (80's style of riding). There is no problem with that however I think he needs to drive them laterally together down to the snow.
  5. Mathew, What binding angles were are you riding on your softboot boards? If you are riding duck footed or some stance near zero degrees then you may have an issue riding at 57 and 53. Just keep in mind that its not necessarily all that much different riding hard boots compared to softboots if your binding angles are similar. When I rode hard boots I rode 60 front and 63 back. When I am riding softboots specific for hard carving I ride 57 front and 60 back. Not that much of a difference. The big difference occurs when I ride 9 front and back. Now my style of riding changes. I find that softbooters that change to hardboots find it difficult to ride not because of the hard boots but rather the new angles they are riding. If this is the case then look at some of the technical articles written on this site. I think they may help you making the transition from soft booting to hard booting.
  6. I have to admit. The Burton super model is just that. A super model. One of the best all around free ride boards.
  7. Softbootsurfer, I haven't really thought about pressuring my turns different from toe to heel until you mentioned it in your post. I do remember riding asymetrical bords like the Burton pj and Hot logical back in the late 80's and early 90's. I know that those boards compensated for the 6" difference that you talk about in your post. When I went back to symmetric boards I never really thought about riding any differently than I did with the asym boards. I think it just happened naturally. When riding asym boards or symmetric boards I always pressured each edge as hard as I could depending on conditions. Today I do the same. I find that if I want to really round my turns I pressure the edge as long as I can until I am turning up hill. I think that most riders will try to get away with pressuring the edge only as needed not to slide a turn. If a rider rides blue and green trails alot, I think they get used to pressuring as needed for the pitch of those slopes. Usually it is not much, however when they get to steeper slopes that aren't that wide the same pressure on blues and greens will not do. Here is when I think most people run into trouble. They just aren't used to holding that edge a little longer and then quickly going into transition and starting the next turn. I think that if riders really practiced this routine they would find it quite easy to round turns. I guess it comes down to having the right terrain and snow conditions to practice on. Jt
  8. Rode with Ken and Dave today. After this past 10 day warming trend conditions are finally starting to get better. MC made some snow at night last night. It was just enough to blend into the frozen granular so you can get a bite on the hard pack. Horizon to sianara to matchmaker seemed to be the best trails. Zero g was also pretty good. Skiers left was a little firm but mid way down was good. That trail is very wide this year making it a little easier to carve the whole slope even when conditions are firm. It's still challenging for us soft booters but throw on a set of plates and it should be no problem. All in all we had a good day.
  9. I find that in order to really round my turns whether toe or heel side, I have to drive my knees laterally towards the snow while trying to make a "C" shape with my body. I try to create a pinch point at my hips and level my shoulders to the plane of the slope. This task is much easier to do on heelside than it is on toeside. As said above your body tends to fall in this position easier on heelside than on toeside. I used to concentrate on holding my carve for as long as possible, in your case Corey that would be your toeside. I used to think about pressing my toes into the snow as hard as I could while sinking my body into the toeside turn. For me it created a large edge angle between my board and the snow. Eventually I started to carve uphill on every turn on steep slopes.
  10. Snow ferret, A few of us ride every Saturday and Sunaday morning at Mountain Creek. We are riding tomorrow 1/14 Saturday morning. Come over if you can. Jt
  11. Has any one ever ridden Catamount ski resort? Is it worth a 2 hour drive from NJ? Are the slopes wide?
  12. Excellent video. Thanks for posting it
  13. Wow, the video is nice but what is most impressive is the slope width and corduroy conditions. That is just a dream to a lot of us ice coast riders. Thanks for the post.
  14. Rode with Dave, Ken and Jimmy today. Conditions are getting nicer as the winter days continue. Today they were pretty good. The trails at MC are definately wider than they have ever been. I will be riding tomorrow morning at north. Hope to se other carvers out there.
  15. 1xsculler, I ride with my back angle 3 degrees greater than my front angle. I ride softboots now but still ride rather steep angles. I think my back angle is about 60 degrees and the front is 57 degrees. I do this so to make my back knee drive into the back of my front knee. I ride with my knees together. I don't think you need to seperate your knees and prefer not to. I feel that having my knees together helps me round my turns more especially when riding steep slopes. Good Luck Jt