How To Snowboard Steep Slopes | Snowboarding Black Diamonds | Cataloochee

How To Snowboard Steep Slopes | Snowboarding Black Diamonds | Cataloochee

– Hey, what’s up? So today, I’m gonna teach you how to snowboard on steep slopes. Now I’m here at Maggie
Valley, North Carolina, at the Cataloochee Ski Area. And honestly, this black
diamond run to upper Omigosh, it’s more like a dark blue. I mean it’s a blue-black. It’s the black diamond of what we have here in North Carolina. Not like out in Colorado or out west. But, it’s pretty steep,
and so I’m gonna show you how to get onto your heels and toes, ’cause that’s all what it’s about. Is getting onto your heels, putting on the brakes a little bit, you’re gonna pick up some speed, and then you’re gonna get onto your toes. So don’t worry about crashing or falling, because it’s actually easier to be on a steep slope, making these turns, because your body’s gonna be more upright. So, we’re gonna get off
this lift in just a moment and I’ll show you how it’s done. (mellow dubstep music) All right, so before we get started, it’s always a little complicated
getting off the chair lift, or getting off the ski lift,
if it’s your very first time. So just remember, when
you’re about to get off, you’re gonna lift that high bar, you’re gonna put your
back hand on the seat, and you’re slowly gonna push yourself off. When I put my foot on the board, I’m either gonna kind
of have it to the top, and I’m gonna get onto my toes, or I’m gonna have my
heel towards the edge, and I’m gonna get onto my heels. Or if I’m going flat down, I’m gonna put my foot
flat on towards the edge. The stomp pad is not
bad, you can put these diamonds or pyramid studs on there. Or you can put a nice big flat stomp pad, and it’s gonna help you
get a little bit more grip. So we’re about to get off the chair lift. I’ve got my hand here. I’m gonna transition it to the seat. And then I’m pushing myself off. My knees are soft, and we’re good. So always keep your knees soft, and you’re pushing your hands back off to get off the lift. All right, so we’re at
the top of the hill, and I’m gonna show you how to navigate, how to snowboard, down a steep slope. So really, it’s all about
getting onto your heels and toes, ’cause, when you’re
going down a steep slope it’s gonna be scary. It’s gonna feel like you’re
bombing down the mountain, and what you do not want
to do, is you don’t wanna lean back because you’re gonna wipe out. So we’re gonna put all of that
weight into our front leg, and we’re gonna start going down. And if you haven’t seen
any of my other videos on how to turn, how to stop, getting on and off the chair lift, navigating the bunny slope,
watch all of those videos first, because you shouldn’t just
go down a black diamond, or a very steep slope on your first day. So, we’re gonna put
our hand on the ground, we’re gonna push ourselves up, we’re in a squatted position. And as you can see when
I first start going down, just stay on your heels a little bit. As you can see I’m just posting. This is a heel-side slide slip. You want to kind of test it, and just start sliding
on your heels, okay? Now, when I’m about to get on my toes, it’s gonna get real scary, real fast. But that’s okay. Embrace the speed, and you’re
gonna get into a toe slide. So we’re on our heels. I’m gonna put all that
weight into my front leg, lean into it, and whip
it around real quick. So here we go, so we’re coming down. Weight to the front leg. There we go, no big deal. You can even jump up and
down a few times, lightly, to kind of get your balance a little. So now, this is a toe-side slide slip. We’re just here, we’re on our
toes, and we’re sliding back. Now you can see it’s pretty damn steep so, I’m looking down, and then
what I’m gonna do next, is I’m gonna put all of that
weight into my front leg, I’m gonna lean into my hip, I’m gonna point where I want to go, my hip, my shoulder, my head, we’re all gonna go into alignment, and we’re gonna rotate into a heel slide. So, put that weight into the front leg, whip it around, and then boom, we’re right back onto our heels again. And that’s all you’re
doing to curve off speed. We’re going from our heels into our toes. So, don’t be afraid of the black diamond. Get some practice down
the greens and the blues, and then make your way in. As you can see, I’m just chilling. So if you’re sliding on your heels, you’re either going on
a heel-side slide slip, or if we’re on our toes, roll, we’re on a toe-side slide slip. And you can just kind of cruise here. When you’re first doing this, you just wanna get that balance. Make sure you stretch out your calves, make sure you loosen up
your shins, foam roll. So that way your legs are warmed up. And again, that’s all there is to it. You’re gonna put that
weight onto that front leg, it’s gonna get real fast, and then I’m back onto my
heels, and I’m sliding. And then make some big,
swoopy, long lasting rides. So I’m going left, I’m
coming down, I’m on my toes. Seeing, pointing, and I’m going across. And I’m gonna whip it around again. All that weight to the front leg. Whoa! And I’m on my heels. Now it’s a little choppy out
here, but it’s not too bad. So, as you can see here, it’s
about to get into a blue. That was the steepest part of the hill. So, now we’re getting
into the blue, but again, if you’re feeling scared, just rock it on your heels, no big deal, no one’s gonna judge you, okay? And then put the weight
onto the front leg, whip it around, and then
boom, look up the mountain. And I’m on my toes again. Now you may want to put the
weight onto the other leg, so you can slide the other way, okay? But look, I’m rocking side to side. Wherever you want to go, put that weight into that leg, slide side to side. If I want to go to the
other side on my toes, even if you can only go regular, or you can only ride goofy
or switch, no problem. Just put that weight into the leg, and into the direction you want to go. So we’re going down, we’re using our hand, we’re pointing where we want to go. Leaning onto our heels,
we’re whipping it down, putting on the brakes. See that, I didn’t hit that person. So you make sure you watch
my video on how to stop on a snowboard, or you can
collide with a poor, innocent, young kid, and you don’t want to do that. So, again, I know I’m
repeating the same thing over and over, but it’s repetition,
repetition, repetition. That’s how you’re gonna get good at it. So you can see it’s a little steep, right? A little steep, we’re coming down. But again, like I always
say, embrace the speed. So, let’s go down, use our hand. Whip it around. Whoa! Watch your hand. Back onto our heels. Head, hips, shoulders,
all the way over here. Still going. Whip it around. And we’re onto our toes. A lot of leg at this time, keep going. And now we’re going
towards the blue run, okay? So, I hope this video helps you navigating down the
black diamond slope. Let me know in the comments
section down below, how was this video? What other videos would you like to see? Because the whole main reason
I made this video today, was someone asked me, “How do
I go down a black diamond?” So I made it. So if there’s any other
videos you’d like to see, just let me know. So, if you haven’t already,
make sure you go ahead and you hit that bell, subscribe,
turn on post notifications so you never miss my latest content. And until next time, I’ll see you soon. (rap music) ♪ I will not quit ♪ ♪ Man, I’m on it ♪ ♪ Honest ♪ ♪ I’m gon’ launch quick ♪ ♪ Then I’m gone it’s ♪ ♪ Just a matter of time ♪ ♪ Before I’m over the climb ♪ ♪ And moving onto my prime ♪ ♪ Just quit my nine to five ♪ ♪ I’m rocking ♪ ♪ And they watching ♪ ♪ ‘Cause it’s shocking ♪ ♪ Dropping ♪ ♪ All these top 10 ♪ ♪ Songs no stopping ♪ ♪ It’s time to live my life ♪ ♪ It’s time to live not die ♪ ♪ Wish I could slow down time ♪ ♪ And just enjoy the climb ♪ ♪ Yeah, I’m the one to get it, bro ♪ ♪ I swear to god I’ll get it, bro ♪ ♪ Yeah ♪ ♪ Let’s go ♪ ♪ Yeah, I’m the one to get it, bro ♪ ♪ I swear to god Ill get it, bro ♪ ♪ And I ain’t never giving up ♪ ♪ Yeah, I never give up ♪ ♪ I got this, man I got it ♪ ♪ I will not quit, I’m on it ♪ ♪ Never off it ♪ ♪ Got the block lit, I’m toxic ♪ ♪ Spitting logic ♪ ♪ Make ’em nauseous ♪ ♪ Honest, cannot stop this ♪ ♪ Never cautious ♪

Antonio Breitenberg

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2 thoughts on “How To Snowboard Steep Slopes | Snowboarding Black Diamonds | Cataloochee

  1. Back Exercises says:

    FINALLY! I was always so afraid of these. This gives me hope! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  2. Tom Choo Choo says:

    This reminds me of my year of doing unicycle.
    Damn! This is legit!

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