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A Rusty clinic

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Many thanks to Filipp for recording one of weekend morning clinics for snowboard instructors where we were focused o  how to teach a first time snowboarder lesson. The instructors in the clinic were 2 instructors who mostly teach skiing and a junior instructor who mostly assists with teaching in the kids camp program. These folks were paid for this 90 minutes clinic. The 3 clips on the link are excerpts. Now you can hear all of my lies (I heard one - did you?) and watch my crappy riding. 


The first video is working on pain in the S turns vs garlands. The main concept was that the edge change in a pain the S turn is the ideal end of the falling leaf garland progression in a level 1 lesson. We won't get there very often, but we can get there in level 2 and level 3 lessons more often. This was starting out "backward" (covering the tail end of the lesson first), but the clinics start before we open and I have to work with the terrain we're allowed on.


The second video starts with a chairlift discussion about the introduction portion of the lesson. "Discovery" is our "on demand" "at your own pace" lesson process for teaching first timers. For riders, we collect a small group at the base of the magic carpet, do a quick intro/check of gear/intro to scootering and send them up the carpet. Toward the end of the clip you can see the berm area at the top of the magic carpet where we set up a roped off area for teaching first timers (but it's not set up yet). In that area, we have a practice area for more scootering and lanes set up for straight runs, toe side turns and heel side turns. Students go through the areas at their own pace. At the end of the time in the Discovery area we take the students out on the hill. At the end of the clip you see how we take students down from the discovery area to the lift (i.e. toe side traverse). Before the on snow section through the trees is short piece of our beginner trail called Ledgewood which is both our steepest and flattest green trail.


The third clip is inside the rental building. We are learning how to adjust the horizontal positioning of the highback on our Burton rental bindings to effect toe strap tightness,

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O boy  - more videos from another clinic


Again note that the instructors in this clinic teach mostly skiing.


The first video is covering board twist (aka longitudinal flex). I asked the group to rate the amount of board twist I was making in my demo turns on a scale from 0 to 10 where 10 would be the board folded over in half (at least I think that's what I said). FYI -  I'm riding a Burton Custom X Wide (which is slightly more flexible than a 2x4).


The second clip is a continuation of the circle ride from the first clip. I'm trying to get the crew to go faster to get more forces so that it is easier for them to bend the board. At the bottom I'm giving feedback to Lindsey (beginning rider) to try to keep her shoulders aligned to the board. Arrgh, I'm using "twist" to describe her upper body opening to face forward right after I was talking about board twist. How confusing!


The third clip is exploring the difference between carving and edging. How do we get our students to gain the ability to travel laterally across the slope? In the first "follow my tracks" I was carving. In the second I was skidding using the back foot to pivot the board out of the direction of travel. In the third traverse, I use different edge angles to shift from skidding to carving. Next we applied these concepts to garlands. Garlands are integral part of our never ever progression. However, the progression is intended to use edging to create the garlands vs the pivoting that I am demonstrating. We need to know the difference. In the weight shift discussion at the end, the subtle moves I'm making with my left (front - I'm regular) foot don't come through on the video very well. I'm moving my hip and knee about an inch fore and aft.


The fourth clip starts with Ollies. Why? Someone must have said something on the chair ride. I'm so easily distracted. In this clip I'm working on ramping up the performance. We can more easily get higher edge angles with the butt getting away the board and the knees bent to get the butt lower to the ground. Near the end of the clip I think I was doing "box" turns on the steeper pitch to build up some speed to show how low we can get our hips to the snow and away from the board (you can't see my demo). At the end I'm trying to show how we can get the same high edge angles only by using our ankles.


You can't really see my demo in the 5th clip either, thank goodness. I don't do it nearly as well as the level 3 guys. And yes, Philip, it is the snowboard equivalent of "cross under". Ah this is the clinic summary. Here I'm breaking all the rules about clinics because people need to get their mandatory clinics in. So I covered multiple topics in the same clinic. Board Performances are an AASI concept explaining how boards turn. The performances are edging, pressuring, pivoting, or twisting. In high performance riding you will see all 4 elements present., but in other kinds of riding you may only see one board performance (e.g. in a side slip there is only edging, or a J turn via only using board twist). So the lesson summary shifts from teaching kids to summarizing the level 1 clinic to summarizing movement analysis. Too much talking! But I did get personal feedback to everyone in the clinic - yeah!

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