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Ski Boards ??? Anyone using them ????

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Here's one think about. Ski board or in my world -Sno-blade- development or use as a tool for fore / aft development of dynamic balance. I would like to hear everyone's thoughts??? We use them alot at Loon Mt. and have found many instructors have made interesting breakthroughs in their personal skiing. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks !!!

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 10, 2001 08:33 PM: Message edited 1 time, by whtmt ]</font>
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My ex-director has a large stock of blades and our rental shop used to do a learn to ski package on them. The director-man also did clinics on them at spring symposium every year and it was usually full. They are valuable learning tools, whether people deride them or not. Even sitting on the chair is wierd, as the newbies' legs tend to shake around. They really demonstrate how much tension a lot of people carry in their bodies to try and control their gear instead of relaxing adn riding. After spending several hours on a pair many people simply fall over when trying the first turn on regular skis. Anyone who disbelieves in STEERING ought to try that one! Alpine skis require more input than some people think in some situations.

Marc Girardelli used to train on them with a 30 lb. backpack on sometimes.

The rental shop got rid of them after the non-releaseable bindings caused 3 (YES IT IS TRUE) BROKEN FEMURS on the beginner slope. The short tip can get caught in a funny way twisting the leg quite suddenly in a fashion much unlike anything on alpine skis.
post #3 of 7
We've used them in our ski school for clinics on balance a few times, take em into rougher terrain and the bumps and you'll find out exactly where you are. Theyre also a kick to carve with.
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I've already been on mine going down the snow covered road at Bretton Woods this past Monday. The "skate to ski" concept is more readily tranlatable to regular skis with these tools, since you can go from lifting them to keeping them on the snow. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #5 of 7
I think they are still a valuable tool that like anything promotes some good and bad movements. Overall I think the good outweighs the bad. Fore/aft balance lateral stability, Inside leg engagment, carving sensations for those that have never felt it before, movement into the turn, devolping quickness. I think you need to go out and play on them for awhile and find there limits and have a coach help you so that the movements you do on them translate back to good movements on skis. You can get alot of the same benefit getting on a pair of 130cm-140cm with releasable bindings if that is a concern and for the GP it should be.
post #6 of 7
I have a pair of skiboards that I use occasionally (I like to stick to groomed runs and high speed carves). They are very good at emphasizing upper-lower body separation, for-aft balance and, of course, carving. To me, they are like in-line skates with a more forgiving character. [img]smile.gif[/img]

Unfortunately skiboards tend to get people in the backseat (especially in nasty conditions), so one has to be careful about using them without some instruction. I have seen lots of instructors on skiboards and I am always amazed how much trouble they have initially, especially with upper-lower body separation.

I think that expert in-line skaters can transition to skiboards faster than expert skiers because skiboards are closer in "feel" to in-line skating. What do you think?

I am fortunate that I never had an injury on skiboards (cannot say the same for in-lines or skis ).
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Our Masters Classes generally have one or two days a season on very short (120cm) standard skis(Atomics). I think these are better than boards or blades because of the binding problems mentined earlier.

From a student's point of view the short skis are a great way to get centred and out of the back seat and carving, as these skis are unstable unless they are on edge.

I find several hours on these without poles to be not only a great refresher but also a whole lot of fun. Generally by the time we are finished we are all whoooping and hollering and grinning and generally behaving like a bunch of teenagers than a group of middle aged masters students! (Our Masters group is called the Jedi around our Mountain!)
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