Here we are in November, or as many guys now call it MOvember. November started out with a big snowfall! Over 30cm of snow on weekend and it's still snowing! Laughing Another big storm is hitting the resort today, 8cm in the last 12hrs!
It was an incredible week at Big White Ski Resort, where the Sport Chek Canadian Snowboard Cross Championships took place. This year’s Canadian Championships held a strong contingent of competitors with some excellent racing by the next generation of Canadian Snowboardcross riders.
The second of two IPC Para-Snowboard World Cup went off yesterday under stellar conditions, providing the best riding available to the world-class athletes that made their way to Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, BC.
The other day I was skiing with some people and we were working on parallel skiing. We were focusing at the start of the turn because that’s where something new needs to happen. To turn your skis parallel you need to simply do that, turn them together. Sounds easy enough eh? Well, it is if you can do one thing first, your skis need to be flat against the snow.
BIG WHITE, BRITISH-COLUMBIA (MARCH 25, 2013) – Canada’s best Snowboardcross athletes will take part in the Sport Chek Canadian Snowboardcross Championships from March 25 - 30 at Big White Ski Resort. Spectators will have the opportunity to watch performances from 2010 Olympic Champion and 2013 FIS World Champion Maëlle Ricker from Squamish, BC as well as Blue Mountain FIS World Cup victor Chris Robanske from North Vancouver, BC.
Alongside the Sport Chek Canadian Championships, the two last stops of the IPC World Cup tour will also be presented on the same course. These races will feature Canadian medal hopefuls Tyler Mosher from Whistler, BC and Ian Lockey from Arnprior, ON at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.
A pole plant is a useful tool, here’s a couple things to keep in mind to make sure you’re using it effectively. A well timed pole plant can give your skiing a smooth and effortless feeling. To make sure that it’s happening in the right spot try to imagine that the plant is the last thing that you do with your turn, after the plant you move on to the next turn. Keep your poles moving by matching the speed that they move forward with the speed that you’re bending your legs at the end of the turn.
Where do you focus your vision when you’re sliding down the mountain? Oe of the things I’ve been noticing when I’m riding the chair lift and watching people skiing is that where they are looking is generally where they end up going. Seems pretty simple and logical doesn’t it? It is actually, but one of the more common traits among intermediate and even advanced skier is that they don’t look far enough ahead. I see a lot of people starring down at the tips of their skis. You don’t look at the hood ornament of your car when you’re driving down the road (I hope not!), watching your skis would be the same thing. Just like driving you want to look down the road or in this case down the slope. Keeping your chin up and your eyes scanning the trail as far ahead as you can will improve your overall balance and allow you to be more proactive in adjusting to the changing conditions. Here’s why; when you’re looking down at your skis it causes your upper body to roll to the inside ski and you lose edge grip. Looking across the slope will do the same thing. If you look down the hill that will allow you to stabilize your upper body and start your turn with your lower body. When you turn your lower body on a pair of skis you turn yourself into balance, when you turn with your upper body you turn yourself out of balance. Looking ahead also lets you anticipate the chances in terrain, snow conditions and even traffic. Being proactive is much better for balance than being reactive.