Many beginner snowboarders say they are not good at riding Flat & Narrow Long Runs(Cat Trucks). Even those who can riding on intermediate slopes, some of them are not good at Cat Trucks run. Here are some practice methods and ideas for the most effective Cat Trucks in my lesson.
- Cat Trucks are not easy for beginner snowboarders even intermediate riders
- The reason They are not good at Cat Truck is because they think Riding With A Flat Base is difficult
- It feels easier to have your back on the mountain side
- Quick edge switching technique
Cat Trucks are not easy for beginner snowboarders even intermediate riders
I have done a lot of beginner and intermediate snowboarding lessons. And Many of them were not good at Cat Trucks.
For beginners, they think intermediate slopes easier than Cat Trucks. Because can ride the heel side pendulum(zigzag riding) on the intermediate slope, but it is difficult to control on a Cat Truck.
There are many Cat Trucks at the ski resort.
In Whistler-Blackcomb, where I snowboarding, the Cat Trucks that go to 7th Haven are especially famous.
Because 7h Heaven has many great intermediate slopes, it is some attractive spots for intermediate snowboarders.
On the other hand, they have to use the Cat Truck to reach the 7thHeaven lift.
There are many Cat Trucks at ski resorts, so if you are not good at it, you should check first.
Whistler/Blackcomb Winter trail map bellow.
The reason They are not good at Cat Truck is because they think Riding With A Flat Base is difficult
The main reason why they find it difficult to riding a Cat Truck is that they are not good at riding with a flat base.
Many beginner-intermediate has usually flattened the board and never riding straight. They are aware of the toe side turn or the heel side turn.
That’s why you should practice riding with a flat base.
Let’s stand like a balancing toy
First, let’s think about how to riding flat base.
Relax and stand in the middle of the board like a balancing toy. Also bend your knees slightly.
At this time, be careful not to open your hips forward. Opening your upper body forward makes it easier for you to put your weight on your toes. The backhand should be above the tail of the board.
Please check your posture carefully before riding.
Practice to riding straight
Please look for wide and gentle slopes. It is a slope that is almost flat like a Cat Truck.
Make sure there are no other skiers or snowboarders before practicing. Try to stop on both the heel and the toe side.
As much as possible, try to increase the distance that you can riding straight in Photo ② below.
Once you feel the above exercises easy, let’s try small jump. When you jumping, try to keep the board level as much as possible. With this practice, you will be able to more riding straight.
In my lesson experience, after the above practice about 70% people will make it easier for riding on Cat Truck.
It feels easier to have your back on the mountain side
When snowboarding on a cart rack, it feels easier to have your back on the mountain side. This is because the field of view is wider and it is easy to adjust the speed on the heel side.
Please see the picture above.
The person surrounded by red is a goofy stance rider with his right foot in front. Visibility is secured, but there is a cliff (steep slope) immediately on the back side. If you are not used to ride on Cat Truck will feel scared. The person surrounded by yellow is a rider with a regular stance with his left foot in front. It is difficult to see the back side, and visibility is not secured.
The person surrounded by blue is a rider with a regular stance with his left foot in front. The visibility is secured. If you are not good at Cat Track, I recommend you to stay here.
Practice toe side speed control!
The Cat Truck does not necessarily guarantee that your ideal back will be on the mountain side. So let’s practice toe side speed control!
The stop on the toe side of Practice to slide straight introduced earlier is effective.
Let’s improve the toe side control technique again by combining the above two exercises.
Quick edge switching technique
So far, I’ve introduced some tips for snowboarding at the Cat Truck, but the last one I will teach you is the edge switching technique. If you can switch edges quickly, you won’t think difficult at Cat Truck.
Please see the video below.
You might think it difficult. It may not be easy, but you can do something similar. Many students have tried it in my lesson. As a result, the edge to edge are much better. Please try this exercise on a gentle, almost flat slope.
Try to move only the lower body without moving the upper body as much as possible. The movement is like a dance. You can do it at home too.
This video also good advice for you. Speed control on the heel side that tells this video is a good idea!
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