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Learning on 'artifical' snow

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Going to Colorado in a couple of months for the first time and wanted to start learning now. We have a 'ski park' here with this type of surface: http://blog.comaltubes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/teas-ski-ranch-show-park-snowboarding.jpg

 

Has anyone use it before? How far apart is it from the real thing?

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Where's here?
Never skied on the carpets. But if that's what you've got go for it. There are many types of "real" snow including man made. way more types than carpets and brushes and all that. You will slide better when you fall. Wax makes a difference on snow. Maybe on carpets, dont know.

In general, snow that falls from rhe sky is softer and smoother than stuff out of a gun. It's somewhat subtle... let's say though way more difference sky snow/man made than between organic/reg milk or organic/reg beef. Coming from a plastic carpet it'll all feel great. You'll be laughing how good it is.
Ice is like what's in your freezr that falls hard on the floor Then there's many shades in between.
If you really want to know comparison's between carpets and snow, maybe post in the Eurozone forum. Some Brits spend a lot of time on carpets and plastic brushes.
Have fun! Wear pants. Falling burns.
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Have fun! Wear pants.

 

Tog is back in classic form.

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Going to Colorado in a couple of months for the first time and wanted to start learning now. We have a 'ski park' here with this type of surface: http://blog.comaltubes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/teas-ski-ranch-show-park-snowboarding.jpg

 

Has anyone use it before? How far apart is it from the real thing?


Are you asking about the Texas Ski Ranch?  Do you plan to learn snowboarding or skiing?

http://texasskiranch.com/activities/snow

 

There is something like that in Virginia at Liberty Univ.  Students there can take skiing or snowboarding for PE.  I know guys who go there once or twice during the summer for some fun.

 

Might consider going ice skating instead.

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Yeah, it's TX Ski Ranch.

 

How is ice skating going to help? I plan on snowboarding.

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Skateboarding or surfing.

If you practice snowboarding on the carpet at least you'll learn things like how to get up which will put you way ahead.
There's simply no way to imitate the friction characteristics of the snow. It'll be much different and edging will happen differently as the board will bite one way in a carpet and another in snow. Ask those at the park. They'll give you the best feedback on how what you're doing on the carpet translates to snow and what the difference in feel/control is like.

I recommend wrist guards and a helmet. Broken wrists are very common and it would blow to ruin a trip with something so stupid. Catching an edge can happen so quickly they call it the "hand of God" as your head is slammed to the snow.
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I recommend wrist guards and a helmet. Broken wrists are very common and it would blow to ruin a trip with something so stupid. Catching an edge can happen so quickly they call it the "hand of God" as your head is slammed to the snow.

 

It would also be a good idea to simply get used to falling without putting your hands out. Of course, it's easier to convince yourself to keep your arms in when you're on snow, where it doesn't hurt so much to fall without bracing yourself. 

 

Of course, when I'm snowboarding and catch an edge, I'm down before I even have a chance to react, let alone put a hand out. For me, crashing after catching an edge while skiing tends to happen less, since there are two edges and a bit more room to correct.

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The carpet I have skied on may be different that other  types but I can state that my experience is that you can't set an edge in it. I already knew how to ski otherwise I think I could have developed a bad habit of skiing on a flat edge. The basic body positions can be learned but there is nothing like frozen water the get the real feel and form. To sum it up skiing on carpet is like kissing your sister in comparison.  

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