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    Posted: Mar/02/2010 at 4:31pm
I've been told to always have most of my weight on my front foot and be parallel to the angle of the mountain. But every time I do that my front edge always caught and I end up taking a couple flips.  
Can someone solve the mystery of weight distribution?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/02/2010 at 4:33pm
Weight should be distributed evenly, though I notice a lot of instructors telling people to put it all forward.  I think they are just doing that because they know most newbs lean all the way back and they figure it will balance it out that way.

That said, your weight distribution actually changes quite a bit as you become a better rider and start carving or reacting to various snow conditions.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/02/2010 at 4:39pm
Sweet, thanks for the help. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/02/2010 at 4:39pm
most newbs put most their weight on their back foot cuz they feel safer this way...falling up the mountain is less painful that falling down the mountain. 

shifting your weight more towards your front foot frees up your back leg to steer or speed check on the dime. 

if your toe edge is catching, its most likely not because youre shifting your weight too far forward...its cuz youre shifting your weight to your toe edge too early (before your board gets the proper angle relative to the slope.)  if straight down the mtn is 12 oclock, the nose of your board needs to be between 12 and 3 before you can shift weight to the toes. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/02/2010 at 5:45pm
You're really only supposed to weight your front foot (and it's not all or none, it should only be emphasizing it with about 60% of your weight on the front) as you initiate into your turn, and actually almost rock your weight a bit back onto your back foot as you are coming out of the tail end of your turn.  This will help distribute the weight over your edge as the sidecut's taking its course and help you ride that edge out of the turn properly.  If you don't weight the tail of your board just a bit, you'll end up either digging the nose and going over the handlebars if the snow's soft or washing out the tail end of your turn if the snow is firm.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/03/2010 at 1:26pm
Think about weight as initiating a turn. When you're on edge (parallel or somewhat parallel to the downhill), you're not really switching edge. If you're pointed downhill and you need to get an edge, leaning back (I had a tendency to do this) is the WORST thing you can do.

That's why they tell you to lean forward. Stand up on carpet (if you have your board, strap in). Now, lean on your strong leg (your back leg - regular riders, this would be your right leg). Try to kick that leg out to turn 90*. Doesn't work, does it? If you're centered, it's easier, and if you lean forward just a bit when starting the kick it's really easy.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/03/2010 at 1:32pm
analogy:

you are a basketball player and you pivot off your front foot so that you do not catch an edge on your tail.

secondly, once you successfully put the weight on your front foot, use your arms to determine which way to turn.

watch these:
http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=33092
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/03/2010 at 1:33pm
I dunno who said that bout whoever that person was, that person is definitely trying to see you take it in the face.
Distribute your weight evenly. If you put your weight to the front, you're definitely gonna catch the front edge. 
Try watching some of the how-to vids in this site. They're pretty detailed. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/03/2010 at 1:59pm
This is why I love Sierra!!
Thanks everyone, this is definitely great help.
I couldn't understand why I kept on catching my edge. I wish I learned this from before cause my body is killing meBig smile 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/03/2010 at 3:35pm
you dont need to concentrate on it.  technically, starting a turn starts with the front foot, and after reading stuff about this, i paid attention, and its true.  when i turn (on groomers at least) i am very slightly forward.

in pow its different. its more like surfing, and you obviously dont and cant initiate a turn with the edge on the nose, cause youd bury it and die.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/03/2010 at 3:42pm
p.s. if your front leg is straight and your back leg is bent, youre weight distribution is all off.  i see this a lot.  a LOT.

p.s.s. unless youre riding in powder.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/03/2010 at 3:46pm
and once you learn to ride, its all natural.  you never think about it again.

i dont remember being taught the mechanics, i just remember learning and eventually i could do real turns.. and then only last year, i saw the mechanics in my riding.  dont think to hard, just go with it and learn, and buy the time you actually get it, youll never think about it again.

i think maybe one of the reasons so many people look so goofy when theyre carving is because theyre thinking about the mechanics too much and emphasizing it in their riding.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/03/2010 at 3:48pm
Originally posted by spenser

you dont need to concentrate on it.  technically, starting a turn starts with the front foot, and after reading stuff about this, i paid attention, and its true.  when i turn (on groomers at least) i am very slightly forward.

in pow its different. its more like surfing, and you obviously dont and cant initiate a turn with the edge on the nose, cause youd bury it and die.


memories of this summer when this was heavily debated
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/03/2010 at 3:49pm
for a while i thought it was silly that people were saying you turn with your nose and put your weight forward, but i guess it was because i was picturing them actually moving their nose around and leaning forward or something.  its actually very subtle, and like i said, i absolutely notice it when riding groomers.

on that note... sigh.... i have ridden more groomers this year than any year, by far.  damn el nino.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/03/2010 at 3:50pm
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