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board_to_death Name Mike
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Age: 39
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Years Riding: 5
Average Days/Year: 35
Skill Level: advanced
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: professional instructor
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry, park, groomers
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Height/Weight: 5'10, 175 lbs
Board Size: 157
Boot Size: 9.5
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: M
Pants Size: M
Thermal Size: M
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Region: East Coast
Location: Vermont
Resort: Mt. Snow
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11/11/2013 11:17:00 AM Just go in with an open mind, and try not to get frustrated if they say you are doing something wrong/with bad form.[/QUOTE] Hi there,  I am not Doug, who is an AASI examiner, but if you post some vids when you get back on snow, I'd be happy to take a look and give you a couple pointers. One thing I'd specifically recommend is to be open to fixing things on flat snow first.  Of the 80% of the park lessons I teach, there is some little glitch (physical or psychological) that can be worked out on flat snow/low-progression before you lap the M/L/XL parks.   Some of my students have been adverse to trying this stuff (too baby for me ...) but those that listen progress far faster 99% of the time by taking a little step back.  Mike
2/8/2011 4:02:34 PM Here is a nerd/instructor view of this, but I'd have to say the guy who can ride steeps effectively and dynamically.    My argument -- in order to do this you have to be able to 1 have enormous edge awareness and control 2 be able to ride/pressure the board from tip to tail 3 have enormous base awareness and control 4 be able to manipulate terrain   I do think sick park riders have to do 3+4 but not 1 and 2.  Now I think many do, but that is bonus and not required.   Said another way, imagine if we had had a total park rat and a total big mountain rider, and both never did the other discipline -- who do you think would show more progress in a week?   I'd bet on the merits above, the big mountian rider would do much better at the other discipline.   Park rats, flame away!
2/8/2011 3:49:40 PM +1 on Never Summer.  Having ridden Burton, Nitro, Forum, Option ... My NS SL-R is the only thing I truly enjoy riding.   The pleasure of buying from them as well was great.  Vince is the head of products and he rocks!
1/19/2011 6:06:55 PM As an instructor, I'd say that there is value to trying it.  There is a population of park rats who just crank against the high back to make a heel side turn and don't learn to use the ankles to flex and extend.  At the same time, it creates a higher leverage point which can add more force to twist the board for a variety of different turns/maneuvers.  You can probably do without on flats, but once you get on steeps, I'd imagine it is quite hard to be without. could be wrong, just what I would guess. 
12/23/2010 3:03:09 PM I am guessing that you are trying to spin frontside since you don't like landing on your toes.   If that is the case, then perhaps one thing is to set up a way to make the approach and take off a bit better.     1. Approach the jump on the heel side of the hit on your toe edge. 2. Before you make your way up the jump move sideways across the tranny/beginning of the jump to the toe side. 3.  At the lip of the jump start your rotation like 15-30 degrees and turn lock your ankle in to start the first 15 degrees or so of a heel side turn and pop off that. - if you did this right there will be sort of a c-shape up the jump.   This technique will help keep your body position in line to produce the proper amount of rotation.   Switch toe and heel in the above progression, and you have a backside progression as well.
12/23/2010 2:57:04 PM 158 here.  Agree with everyone you are probably good for all-mountain and an occasional park lap.  Go a little shorter if you want to get a regular jib session on.
12/23/2010 2:54:13 PM I think better than just *watching* someone is to ask someone who you know clears it regularly if you can trail them into the jump and then pull up at the lip.  Better to know what the right speed *feels like* rather than just seeing it.   Good luck
12/16/2010 3:27:26 AM oh glorious memories.  I grew up skiing there.  I can't imagine how small that resort was ... Is Tiger still the "scary" trail
12/16/2010 3:23:45 AM Rode last weekend. Sat was great. Park was in mid-season form.  Natural park not set up yet, nor either the super or mini-pipe, but it was pretty sick. 
12/16/2010 3:14:40 AM I believe you do need to be at a member school to get a level.  All Exam applications need a school director's signature. You can maintain a level without being at a mountain, by paying your dues.  At least that it is how it is here in the PSIA/AASI-E. West may be different.   It's a good question for Doug as he is an AASI examiner.
12/16/2010 3:14:28 AM I believe you do need to be at a member school to get a level.  All Exam applications need a school director's signature. You can maintain a level without being at a mountain, by paying your dues.  At least that it is how it is here in the PSIA/AASI-E. West may be different.   It's a good question for Doug as he is an AASI examiner,  I believe.
12/16/2010 3:11:04 AM FWIW, he is a pro.  Anyone who teaches is a pro.  He is also an examiner for AASI, and spends time developing instructors like myself (but not out here on the ice coast). Second, perhaps the simplest answer as to why he is the pro he is may be because he likes to teach and has passion and love for that.   Talk to most instructors and that is the answer you get. 
12/13/2010 10:54:00 PM Agreed, this is huge.  Best part for me was the advice against buying a big mountain freestyle board, which I should have heard 3 years ago when I bought my Custom X -- what an expensive lesson.  Yes, it rips, but if you don't ride it, then it will ride you.  It's kind of an ego board which is why I've given up that whole racket. I've softened all my boards down and my enjoyment has gone way up.  SL-R and Nitro Team Gullwing are my two decks now and they are sooooo much fun.  I don't feel that I am giving anything up in performance out west or just jibbing around the park. Thanks for a great post.
12/13/2010 10:35:25 PM Not Doug, but I thought I'd chime in ... lots of tips here ... biggest thing is to keep it fun.  Just keep them sliding on snow and having as much fun as possible.  Three of my favorites, I use with my guests. 1) Snowball games - Lots of snowball games.  I have them see if they can hold it in different positions while they are riding (behind back, at stomach, out parallel with tips and tails).  I even say if they can hold the snowball for a run, I stand at the bottom to see if they can hit me with it. 2) Snow Angels in the Snow Bank - if you see soft snowbanks on the side of the trail, I always see if we can "crash" in the the bank sideways and then make snow angels in the snow.  We try to leave our mark all over the mountain so we can show where we were (and they show their parents too!) 3) Counting games -- kids love to count.  If you want to get turns shorter radius for instance, have them count the number of turns they make down the bunny slope (or wherever you are) and then see if they can double it next run and count each out loud. Good luck!
12/13/2010 10:23:18 PM Just did the AASI-E Rider Rally ... couple cool progressions we worked on. Cab 3 progression1. Ride Switch - mellow terrain2. FS nose roll 1803. Pause4. Backside 180 Keep practicing and make the pause shorter and shorter until you just can put the whole thing together. Spinning Bump Balance DrillSpin flatland 360's, then take it to the bumps and try to make traverses across the bump field. Spin the other way for increased intensity.   Great to learn to keep yourself centered and leave yourself a wide range of motion depending on where the terrain takes you. Most everyone said "no way, we can't do that, but it turned out better than we thought."


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