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    Posted: May/22/2011 at 4:11pm
Okay, I'm an Aussie boarder (3rd year of about 10-15 days a year) and rate myself as a fairly solid intermediate rider.
I am looking at doing one of the board India tours in the next year, but have limited powder experience. What are your opinions - should I go take an NZ holiday and do some heliboarding to build up experience, or should I look at a snowboard improvement course (like those 'YES' ones) and boost my core skills?

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  Quote Peekaboo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/22/2011 at 4:21pm
You can improve a lot at riding at home with lesson or ride with better rider. I dont think a heli trip to NZ will do anything for you, not to mention its expensive. If you have the cash like that, then why not lol.

Look what area that you need to improve in and do it.
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  Quote rocknodster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/22/2011 at 4:26pm
Originally posted by Peekaboo

You can improve a lot at riding at home with lesson or ride with better rider. I dont think a heli trip to NZ will do anything for you, not to mention its expensive. If you have the cash like that, then why not lol.

Look what area that you need to improve in and do it.


Living in Adelaide, it is a major evolution to get to the snow anyway. So the difference between NZ and Aussie fields is not a big one. So planning out a fun trip that maximises time on snow is important.

I'm possibly not going to realise what skills I need to build on until I get on this India trip - hence looking at the training or experience option.
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  Quote sreg0r Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/23/2011 at 12:40am
Have you been to NZ before? The difference between somewhere like Treble Cone and Mt Buller is night and day. Best way to improve your riding is

a. practice.
b. riding with people better than you.

I imagine for the cost of a ski course you could probably get quite a few days on the slopes in NZ which is what I'd do.
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  Quote rocknodster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/23/2011 at 1:02am
Yes, gotten to NZ the last 2 years, boarded at TC, Cardrona, Coronet Peak, Dobson, Roundhill and Mt Hutt. And generally do Hotham here in Australia (my daughter loves the Milo Mites ski classes and Harry the Snow Dragon).

The courses I've seen are in NZ (out of Wanaka). I hear what you guys and a few others are saying 'just ride with friends', but with the goal of wanting to be confident and competent for boarding in India i am leaning towards a week of snowboard coaching.
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  Quote Sh4d0w Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/23/2011 at 2:34am
Have you considered spending a week or so at Falls Creek at some stage? You could then do back country to Mt McKay with Steve Lee, which is pretty much one of your only powder spots close to home. Here'sthe link to the info on the Falls Creek website. That way you could at least stay on mountain and have the ability to do some early morning hikes if you managed to get snow over night.
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  Quote krisshono Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/23/2011 at 3:24am
practice practice. like someone else said riding with better riders will improve your skill level alot faster, thats what helped me pick everything up faster.
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  Quote rocknodster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/23/2011 at 10:27am
No,
I hadn't heard of this one (and I've done a few google searches on this sort of stuff too), cheers I'll look into it.
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  Quote Spud! Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/05/2011 at 10:42pm
Maybe try a camp such as 'the camp' or any others there are heaps google them 
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  Quote rocknodster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/09/2011 at 12:04pm
I ended up doing the 2 Day Back Country Skills Course run by David Wilson at Mt Hotham (Snow Safety Skills Course)
Had an absolute ball, from analysing snow, avalanche safety and navigation to using beacons and tracking combined with digging and sleeping in a snow cave. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in getting off the groomers and into the backcountry but wants a bit of background knowledge first.
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  Quote julius77 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/09/2011 at 1:00pm
Any chance you took pictures during the camp? I'd love to see the backcountry terrain you were training with.
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  Quote nautika96 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/09/2011 at 1:22pm
sounds hard core. i thought you were talking about the camps that improved your core skills though with maybe a little bit of park. but then again im sure the back country will help open up new terrain for you.
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  Quote Wilz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/09/2011 at 2:21pm
hmmm my question... you can board in INDIA?? or did i totally read that wrong..?
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  Quote rocknodster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/12/2011 at 11:51pm
Originally posted by Wilz

hmmm my question... you can board in INDIA?? or did i totally read that wrong..?


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  Quote rocknodster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/12/2011 at 11:56pm
Oh, and I have a few pics but they are mainly of the snow cave we built and slept in, and the view from the snow cave.
The emphasis was more on condition analysis, snow awareness and snow safety than a snowboarding trip. But the run home was a bit beyond my level (at the moment) but the guys waited for me and gave me some tips
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  Quote Aus_Boarder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/13/2011 at 10:47pm
I started at Falls Creek for a couple of years and wasn't progressing as fast as I wanted to.  I went to Whistler and did a snowboard trip with lessons five days a week for six weeks. 
Number 1, riding at a place like Whistler leads to progression. 
Number 2, lessons 5 days a week leads to progression. 
Number 3, riding with people that are better than you or challenge you leads to progression. 
Number 4, it was cheaper than snowboarding in Australia
Number 5, the more days per year you ride, the more you progress
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  Quote Wilz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/14/2011 at 2:45pm
interesting.. did not know about that... so it's a bit of cross country snowboarding? and u need retractable poles for snowboarding?
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  Quote humdingaling Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/14/2011 at 3:54pm
yeah can board in India for sure

Curry powder tours! Wink

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other off the grid places.... Morocco

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  Quote rocknodster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/15/2011 at 12:13pm
Curry Powder is another tour place (there are a few I've learnt). I'm looking at taking Bills Trips next year, but more likely 2013.

Wilz: The Ski Patrol guys and a couple of the course guys had Alpine touring set up skis, but myself and one other guy had boards. We were able to walk (just in snowboard boots) at the same pace as the skiers but we were definitely burning more energy doing it - but it was still fun. I'm looking around for a pair of retractable poles to keep in my pack as they would have been handy. Plus, looking at going back to backcountry board Mt Feathertop this September - and based on what I learnt a few things in my pack have been changed/modded. A guy I'm looking at going with has a splitboard set up and I'm interested in trying that
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