So I began to incorporate the poles into my carving(This was on flatter terrain and at lower speeds) by pushing with the arm that I was carving with. So if I was carving right, I'd push my right pole at the same time. After a bit of fine tuning I was able to easily transfer the weight of me naturally carving into my poles and then push myself off. It took a bit of balancing to get it right, and I had to make sure I didn't push or lean to hard so as to lose my balance.
Using a simple carve like I normally would, I just incorporated small pole pushes to give me an increase inspeed. It was very effective, infact I was able to "out-pole" a few skiers with not to much more effort. At a deadstop on a hill or small incline its a pain...literally. You need alot of force to get you going. But once you have that momentum you can use the poles to maintain speed, or even increase it. I tried looking on the internet to see if this was something people did. After tons of searching I was shocked that all I found was one video on youtube of a guy doing stunts with them and a few references to something called "Snowboard Poles", which were listed on sites that were either closed down or didnt have them in the database.
I had so much fun with them I rented, and later bought, a pair of simple aluminum poles. I've had a blast trying to find new ways to use the poles. I try not to use them to balance since it might make me develop bad habits. When riding fast or steep terrain I usually hold them at waist level, parallel with my board and pointing upward a bit so that they dont accidently plant themselves in the hill if I turn on a steep incline. I don't use the wrist strap, I don't want the poles to stay with me and get tangled up with me if I fall, and I also dont want to wreck my wrist by accident. I've fallen once with the poles at high speed, but because of the way I was holding them they fell easily and I did not land on them(infact they were a foot away before I hit the ground a second later.)
Now, to the whole reason I wrote this thread, I'd like to discuss techniques for using poles. I want to know if you/someone you know/anyone else uses or has used poles while snowboarding. Since I've pretty much found absolutly nothing about using poles except a few testimonials, I think its safe to say its rare and undocumented(I wish it weren't). So if you have any ideas/tips/tricks/thoughts about using poles with snowboarding, I'm all ears. If you don't know anything about poles, maybe give them a try if your ever bored with some friends and have a board and poles. I would only recommend using them if you are a skilled at carving and weight transfer.
One last note, I realize some people will find this stupid(Actually most people who commented on the mountain thought it was a good idea), and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But I'd like to keep this thread solely on the technical aspects of using poles and not an arguement about "fashion".
Oh here are the vids I found:
The best one I found(out of like 3 on all of youtube lol). Note at the beginning(00:10-00:14 how he uses the poles in his carving. I do something very similiar. The main difference is that I don't turn or lean very much. When I "push" my self I try to keep my carves shorter which keeps me going down the hill VS losing speed from turning and it also makes me push more rapidly as I lean left/right.
Here is another one:
This guy was probably just doing it for kicks. At 00:17 he uses both his poles on one side. I have found this to be very difficult and combersome not to mention dangerous since it made me lose balance very easily. There may be a way to use this that I just haven't thought of, but I don't think you will get any more speed from it since speed comes from shifting your weight and pushing off of your poles. You would be better to use both poles if your more parallel with the hill or transfer the vast majority of your weight onto one pole in a turn. This results in more speed and without a loss of balance. But thats just me.
So, who knows anything about "Poleboarding" or whatever its called.