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Riding steeper terrain will make your
heart racing and will take your big mountain riding to another level, but with all that fun, all that thrill, comes a lot more risk and you need to adjust your riding accordingly. So today we’re gonna see how to ride safe in steep terrain. Alright. So in steep riding any kind of
mistake could have a lot more consequences than any kind of normal free riding, so you need to adjust your riding and your margin of safety accordingly. Any turn, any jump, any little action, your speed, everything must be taken, let’s say, 20% down or adjusted depending on how much the risk is. Lesson number two is to try to fight against your natural instinct and to stand on your feet because basically, when you lean back into the mountain, you lose all the power on your edge and you risk of losing that edge, which means sliding down and that’s exactly what you don’t want. Coming back to the basic technique in steep riding, you need to really engage your core, not throwing the arms, not throwing your turns not taking too much angle, that way you’re going to be a lot less likely to lose balance and fall. Bending the legs is more important than
ever in steep mountain riding it will give a much better angle to your ankles, to your feet, to your board, it will give you a lot more stability, it will absorb all the bumps, it will make all the difference to ride safe. So the whole carving technique needs to be a bit put aside in steep mountain riding You will want to be sliding a lot more, and the only part that you might be carving, might be the end of your turns. So first phase, will be to be initiating
your turn with your shoulders, so launching your shoulders, second phase, will be to taking the weight off your board, almost like if you were to jump but leaving the board on the ground and then third phase, will be to let your
board or your skis follow, that’s kind of a jump turn technique and it works really well in steep riding. So if you’re getting into a tricky section, some people like to be on their ass but you need to be careful if you end up being on really hard snow, or on a rocky slab on your heels, it could be really tricky to move. Usually what I like to do when I get into a tricky situation is get on my toe, come down you have your hands to hang around things and you will be a lot safer doing the leaf down. In terms of board choice, some people will want to go for a wider board, not to have any toe drag. But you need to watch out, because
the wider your board is, the harder it will be to turn from edge to edge. So I like to kind of keep a compromise. In terms of safety, having an ice axe can make any kind of difficult passage a lot easier, so remember if you have a problem, put your ice axe in the snow and you’re safe. That’s a big plus. And then last but not least, helmet is not just made to protect you from falling, it also protects you from rocks falling and ice falling and this is a big thing in steep riding. It’s important to still follow all the
standard safety procedures, so always ride one by one,
always hideaway, always check the conditions, check your gear, know where
you’re going and be able to hike back up and have the gear for it if needed. Feeling comfortable in the steeps is
just a matter of spending time in them so remember start slowly, build things up,
remember all these points that we talked about today and have them become part of your routine and hopefully you’re gonna start loving steep riding as much as I do. Be safe and have fun. you


  1. Hey Xavier, very nice chanel! i have a question … what TNF pants do you wear during Splitboarding? Futurelight BIB pants like Brigandine or Purist? Isn't very warm during the way up with a BIB pant?

  2. Hello X. .. just a 66 year oid beginner intermediate but really liked your toe heel vids and even this was instructive even for my next (relative steeps) this season… .and as an English man love your accent. .on your ass!!!😉 thank you for a flight to my dreams😌

  3. Love the videos – your boarding is inspirational!! Thank you. Any advice for what to do should you find yourself falling on a steep? Not sure there is much a person can do, but was thinking there may be a way to fall to prevent 'tomahawking' down, or maybe to minimizing it. Thanks man!

  4. Thank you very much. I like it. Now, let me add that I don't think you should spend a lot of energy on attempts to clear tricky situations by going up. Going down oftenly is the only solution, it may require a rope. There's a point of no return. I think you better accept this when you start. It should be clear that brown stripes in your pants are not always avoidable, sometimes one has tzhe urgent wish to call the family to say a last goodbye. It can become highly intense. One may also stress a bit more that one always should search for points of shelter. Those stops could be used for reoptimization of the line depending on the conditions. I mean, I'm not a professional, but that's what I do. Having said this, let me stress again that your vids are great. Given the topic it is almost unavoidable that different people would place a higher weight on some topics. Continue with the great work, please. Enjoy nature. Have fun.

  5. Salut. Great Channel. I am new to splitboarding. I have some jones nomad skins. Tested them once and everything was fine. I wonder how long they will last. How do you handle and maintain your skins?

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