October 23, 2009: Working Each Turn

Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – Today was another beautiful day. Snow flurries gently fell from the sky; I even caught a perfectly symmetrical snowflake on my glove. There was still only one run open so I got there extra early, and to my pleasant surprise they opened the lift before schedule.

I love my boots and liners! My feet fit tight so there’s no heel lift and no coming out of my boots. Yet I still have a little bit of wiggle room so my toes aren’t completely jammed. Now I can fully trust that when I lay the board over, I can bring it back up and not lose feeling with the snow. The board is immediately responsive and I feel so much more confident and strong in my riding. The guys at Surefoot adjusted the latches on my boots so I could really crank them down, and my back boot didn’t collapse down as much and my toeside problem from yesterday disappeared. It’s great! Amazing how much of a difference it makes.

I had some good, solid GS runs. I not only focused on bending the tip of the board at the beginning of the turn, but also getting my hips in the inside of the beginning of the turn to keep moving forward. My turns felt so good! Even on the steeper, fast section, I was able to maintain good turny carves and not go too straight and get out of control. I’m diving down the hill into each turn, and working each turn. I feel aggressive and powerful. Yay!

Unfortunately the crowds came and so I switched to my slalom board and took a run. It’s a pretty big difference between the two boards, and I loaded up each toeside as if it was my GS board and it would eject me off of the snow. It took a little bit to get used to and when I did let it run, ski patrol told me to slow down. Since I couldn’t ride normally and the lift lines were getting too long, I called it a day.

Overall it was a great day! I feel really confident about my riding and I can feel the power when I carve. I just have to remember to be aggressive and work each turn.


1 Response to “October 23, 2009: Working Each Turn”

  1. 1 kayano14 October 29, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Great to read you’re continuing to find adjustments that work for you, and nice photo as well! Glad that your blog has become a useful training chronicle.

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