• *** THE Snowboard FAQ *** (2/2)

    From steel.yoga@gmail.com@21:1/5 to Mark Wallace on Tue Nov 28 06:40:03 2017
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    The bladder may or may not have laces but normally has
    a tongue

    Bonk: To tap something as the boarder flies over it. Ski
    resorts don't like boarders to bonk trash cans, picnic
    tables, or skiers.

    Butt plant: corollary to face plant.

    Camber: The built in curvature of a board, which can be
    seen as a space between the board and a table when the
    board is laid flat on a table; can be curved up like
    skis or down (rockered).

    Cant Plate/Wedge: A shim placed under the binding
    to angle the foot towards the rider

    Carve: Turning using weight shifting and without skidding

    Core: The material the inside of the board is made of.

    CSF: Canadian Snowboard Federation

    Duck-Stance: A duck-footed stance where the feet are splayed
    outward, used for free-styling.

    Effective edge/Contact edge: The length of edge which contacts
    the snow, or applies pressure, during a turn.

    Face plant: Falling on one's face.

    Fakie: Riding backwards, this term can not be applied to a
    totally symmetrical board with a centered stance where
    the feet are perpendicular to the edges, normally the
    feet are angled towards the nose of the board.

    Fall line: The most direct line down a slope, the line a ball
    would follow if rolled down the hill.

    Goofy/regular footed: Right foot towards the nose is goofy,
    left is regular. About half of all boarders ride goofy.
    Same terminology applies to skateboarding and surfing.

    Grab: Any aerial maneuver where the board is grabbed by
    either or both hands.

    Half-pipe: A trough cut into or built up with snow, term
    originates from skateboarding.

    Heel edge: Opposite edge of the toe edge.

    High-back binding: Generally used with soft or hybrid
    boots, see equipment section.

    Inserts: Two methods exist to secure bindings to a board.
    An insert is a nut built into the board and a machine
    screw is then used to secure the binding. A big
    advantage of this method is the ease of moving the
    bindings, you don't have to have a shop do it and the
    odds of a screw-up are low.

    Jib: To ride on something other than snow, like logs, cars, hand
    rails, skiers, etc.

    Leash: A safety strap for the case where the buckles of the
    binding accidentally release, required at most ski areas.

    Newbie: A novice, someone new to a thing.

    New-school: Newer more recent riding techniques, equipment, and
    equipment set-ups. These include very wide centered stances,
    short boards, and baggy clothes. New-school is generally only
    freestyle type riding since the equipment and stances preclude
    other types of riding.

    Nose or tip: That end of the board that the feet are angled

    Old-school: The techniques and equipment set-ups originated over the
    last decade.

    P-tex: Brand name of polyethylene used for the snowboard base material.

    Plate binding: Used with hard shell boots, see equipment

    PSIA: Professional Ski Instructors of America.

    Rail: Side edge of a snowboard.

    Retention Plate: The other method of securing bindings is
    like ski bindings, a sheet metal screw is used after
    tapping a hole into the board. It is referred to as
    plate retention because a metal plate is built into the
    board where the board will be tapped.

    Side-cut: The curvature of the edge towards the center of
    the board described by the radius of the arc of that

    Shin-strap: Optional binding strap on the high-back portion of a
    high-back binding, aids in applying edge pressure in toe-side

    Shred: Rip, jam, do way good snowboarding.

    Shredder: One who shreds.

    Sideslip: To slide or skid down a hill with the board perpendicular
    to the fall line.

    Skate: To propel yourself by pushing with the rear foot
    which is out of the binding while the front foot is still

    Soft binding: Same as a high-back binding.

    Stance: Refers to the position of the feet on the board.

    Stomp or Skid pad: A pad attached to the board between the
    bindings where the rear foot can be set when its not in the

    Switch stance: A boarding stance in which the nose and tail
    are indistinguishable, there is no fakie, no
    forwards or backwards.

    Symmetrical/asymmetrical: Refers to board design, see
    equipment section.

    Tail: Back of the board.

    Toe edge: That edge of the board the rider faces.

    Top Sheet: The top layer of a laminated board, normally contains
    the graphics, the top layer of the board which can be touched.

    Tweak: To become as distorted as possible.

    Wall: Vertical section of a half-pipe.

    3D: Burton's 3 hole pattern of binding mounting. Each binding
    is secured by 3 screws. There are four different positions
    or settings of 3 holes for each binding. This allows easy
    stance adjustment. The 3D hole binding also is mounted on a
    disk that rotates for angle adjustment. 3D is only used by
    Burton, but an adapter is available to allow for 3D bindings
    to be used on the 4x4 hole pattern.

    4x4: F2 originated 4 hole pattern of binding mounting. Each
    binding is secured by 4 screws. There are four different
    positions or settings of 4 holes for each binding. This
    allows easy stance adjustment. The 4x4 binding also is
    mounted on a disk that rotates for angle adjustment. A
    majority of non-Burton boards and bindings use the 4x4

    8.09)*** Where is snowboarding not allowed?

    This is a topic of often heated debate. For any number of reasons a
    minority of resorts do not allow boarders and probably never will.
    The number, now at 15 with full prohibition, has been shrinking
    steadily. Following is a full U.S. list of areas which have
    prohibitions or restrictions as of the 94-95 season:

    * - Confirmed, no boarding allowed
    P - Partial or unknown restrictions, call before going

    * Keystone, Colorado
    * Aspen Mountain, Colorado

    * Taos, New Mexico

    * Alta, Utah
    * Park City, Utah \ Wolf Mtn. (a.k.a. Park West), which
    * Deer Valley, Utah / is in the same area, does allow boarding
    * Sundance, Utah
    P Snowbird, Utah - 1 chair lift closed to boarders
    P Solitude, Utah - Open to boarding on certain days of the
    week (Mon/Tue/Wed), some blackout dates.

    * Alpine Meadows, California
    P Tahoe Donner, California - This area began allowing boarding
    sometime after the start of the season.
    Instructors are on staff. The board of
    directors has made no decision about
    next season.

    * Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania
    P Camelback, Tannersville, Pennsylvania

    * MadRiver Glen, Vermont
    P Stratton Mountain, Vermont

    * Appalachian Ski Mountain, North Carolina
    * Sapphire Valley, North Carolina

    P Labrador Mtn, New York

    * Perfect North Slopes, Indiana

    * Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin
    * Nordic Mountain, Wisconsin

    8.10) How does one learn to snowboard?

    First of all read this FAQ so you'll know what to ask when you
    rent equipment, then go take a lesson from a PSIA certified

    The point to keep in mind here is that it doesn't have to be
    painful. Taken slow and with the right guidance boarding can be
    quicker to learn than skiing. PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of
    America) and CSF (Canadian Snowboard Federation) now certifies
    snowboard instructors and most resorts which allow boarding will
    have instructors on staff. Most boarders who have also skied agree
    that boarding is initially more difficult than skiing but after
    learning the basics the intermediate and advanced levels are
    achieved more quickly. Edging and balancing skills are more
    important from the outset because your feet are secured, you can't
    step from foot to foot, and you don't have the use of poles as
    skiers do.

    Snowboarders fall differently than skiers do. Where skiers tend to
    fall to the right or left snowboarders fall forward or backwards
    onto their face or butt. It is best in a forward fall to fall to
    the knee and forearm (do not stiff arm on the palms) and then lift
    the board in the air until you stop. In a backwards fall it is best
    to go to the butt and roll onto the back, keeping the chin in your
    chest, lift board until you stop. Learn to ride with fingers in a
    fist, to avoid finger smashing. And why not have releasable
    bindings? Most boarders would disagree with the use of a releasable
    binding, the board is relatively short, most ride a 150-170 cm
    length board, and the idea of going down a hill with one foot
    released and one not is a very scary thought.

    Most ski areas require snowboards to have metal edges, leashes, and
    secure bindings. The newer boards are far easier to use than
    anything made prior to about 1988. Boards today are lighter, easy
    to turn and comfortable to ride. If the board your friend is
    letting you use to learn on has a split tail, center fin, solid
    high-back bindings, bindings with nylon straps, or a stance very off
    center towards the rear of the board find a new friend, or rent.
    Use a boot designed for boarding. How would you like to learn to
    downhill ski in hiking boots? The right boots give your ankles much
    needed support and alleviate pressure points from the straps or

    A beginner should learn on an all-around or alpine board with
    high-back bindings and a firmer soft boot or hybrid boot. Hard
    boots and step-in bindings are not recommended because of the
    increased difficulties of balancing, turning, skating and using

    There use to be a lengthy description here about how to learn to
    snowboard. I've taken it out because there are now alot of good
    books out there on snowboarding which include how to sections
    written by professionals. A newer one, I found very good, is entitled
    The Complete Snowboarder by Jeff Bennett and Scott Downey. Read
    about it if you want to, but then go get a lesson!

    8.11) Is it true that a snowboarder is less likely to get injured than
    a skier?

    (Following, compliments of Laura Beth Kupperman)

    No. It's fairly even, skiers and boarders have about the same
    number of injuries but those injuries are different. You are much
    less likely to sustain knee injuries while snowboarding than skiing.
    There has been a recent study on snowboarding injuries. The study
    was done in Australia and appears in "The American Journal of Sports Medicine" vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 701-704. In this article comparisons
    between skiing and boarding injuries are documented for a 4 year
    period. The distilled info goes something like this: skiers are
    much more likely to injure their knees, and when they do injure
    their knees the injury is usually worse (grade II or III, if that
    means anything to you) than a boarder's knee injury (usually only
    grade I or II, with only one grade III reported during the course of
    the study). Boarders are more likely to injure their ankles, feet,
    wrists, and hands. There is also info in t...

    Hello there, thank you for posting this forum.
    My name is Ruth, I am a professional Yoga Alliance instructor & I am writing a Yoga ebook for Snowboarders.
    I myself am fairly new to the sport, my husband is a ski and snowboard instructor and if there is one thing I've noticed, it's increased risk of injury & this is heightened by fear and mind power. For my husband and most of his co-instructors, they have,
    at some stage suffered with injury & certainly accumulated years worth of tired muscles, improperly stretched & strengthened to maximize performance. I am certain that a Yoga practice, could be preventing these injuries, inspire greater mental strength &
    help aid recovery from previous or current injury, in order to safely get the best out of your snowboarding, whatever level you are.

    Could I kindly ask, in your opinions:
    - What are the three most common injuries or bodily aches & pains you suffer from post snowboarding?

    - Would a 'Yoga for Snowboarding'- Strong, Supple & ready to Shred, ebook be something of interest to you?

    I appreciate your time & value your experience in this fantastic snowsport.

    All the best,

    Ruth Steel.

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