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Escaping tree well

Really the key to escaping tree wells is to ski/board/snowshoe with a buddy. I have friends who have ended up head down in a tree well, completely unable to reach their bindings. With every movement ...
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How to attach snowboard to backpack during skitour?

There are three important aspects: Maneuverability, exposure to wind and firm attachment. The optimal orientation for all of those is vertical. Most of the board is then covered by the body so there ...
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Which country has the most snow days in Europe?

Scandinavia is a good option, the more north you go the better. For me the nature there is more remote, more 'raw' compared to the Alps. So I would think it's comparable with Canada (although I've ...
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Straps around Olympic Halfpipe Snowboarder Legs?

These are transponders that the riders wear. They provide data to the judges, most notably amplitude or height achieved out of the halfpipe. In effect, each athlete now controls his or her own ...
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What should I look for in my first pair of snowboard boots?

First of all: the boots are the most important equipment for snowboarding! It's good to read something about it but please go to a real board-shop before purchasing them! Choose one of those fancy ...
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How can I rescue someone lost in an avalanche?

In addition to Dangeranger's answer: If you as victim have climbing equipment or a rope, fasten it to your body (if not already fastened) and release your rope. It is very, very hard to find avalanche ...
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Twisting board technique when turning a snowboard?

I first learnt snowboarding twenty years ago, when boards and bindings were rigid, the boards were long and asymmetrical, and back then carving was the way to turn. You'd lean right over (sometimes 75-...
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Understanding a ski resort weather report

To add to Can't Tell's great interpretation, a good day to go snowboarding would mean: Not so cold it's uncomfortable to be outside (adequately dressed) Not a bad day to be outside for any other ...
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Understanding a ski resort weather report

That are a lot of questions for one question... Mountain = report for the top of the mountain, the highest point in that area (start of the piste is somewhere up there) Valley = same for the valley, ...
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Use normal urban jacket for skiing/snowboard

As for most outdoor activities, you can certainly get by with non-specialized clothing for skiing and snowboarding. As @imsodin points out in the comments, a ski resort is (compared to a lot of ...
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Escaping tree well

Getting trapped in a tree-well is equally as dangerous as getting buried by an avalanche. In fact, it's claimed that tree-wells account for ~20% of all ski deaths. Every professional guide I've ever ...
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How can you regain your feet when you lose an edge snowboarding on steep terrain?

You aren't going to get an edge while you're scraping down the slope. What you need to do is get your board pointed down the slope so you can turn and cut a new edge. You will gain some speed ...
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How to set up my snowboard binding for the backcountry

Like a lot it comes down to preference. Assuming from your current setting you do not ride fakie/switch a lot. (Then something like +12°/-12° would more appropriate, and the following paragraph would ...
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How do I slow down while snowboarding?

There are basically two ways to go slower while boarding. First, point more across the slope, rather than down it. Easier said than done, sometimes. Secondly, washing off speed by letting the board ...
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How do I know when my snowboard edges need to be serviced?

If it ain't broke don't fix it. These's only one real guideline for sharpening anything, and that is to sharpen things when they get dull. If your edges aren't dull, or dinged, or rusty, then they ...
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How can I rescue someone lost in an avalanche?

The accepted answer gives good advice, which I will not repeat here. But although reading about what to do is much better than not knowing anything about what to do, reading is no substitute for ...
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Snowboarding / Skiing - snow gathers on our goggles - what do you do to deal with this problem?

I ride a lot and have never seen any gadgets for fixing this. It depends on the snow as well, since the bigger wetter stuff (so cal / washington mountains) tends to be much more of a problem than the ...
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Snowboarding / Skiing - snow gathers on our goggles - what do you do to deal with this problem?

This is why most snowboarding and skiing gloves these days have a wiper built in. Rain-X and other coatings can help a little, but there appears to be no all purpose solution, so just get a pair of ...
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How to attach snowboard to backpack during skitour?

I find that horizontal is often not convenient. It will get caught in narrow paths, it will get in the way of your arms if you use poles to go up, and it can easily get unbalanced, pulling strongly on ...
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Can I tie down ski/snow board to my roof rack like a canoe?

Yes, this should work. You may want to pad your roof rack so they don't scratch each other and make sure they are strapped tightly but other than that it should work fine. Just orientate them in line ...
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What should I look for in my first pair of snowboard boots?

I know an answer has already been accepted but I figured I'd chime in. Preface: I had an AWFUL pair of boots that aged terribly. They were cheap, general sports store off season specials. I don't ...
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How do I slow down while snowboarding?

Like Jon Custer said, move your board so it's level (board not not pointing downhill) and then lean into the slope. I.e. you want someone downhill of you to be able to see some of the bottom of the ...
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What exactly is a rocker?

Rocker is a term common for freeride ski and snowboards. Because of the deep snow (powder) you need ski which are floating by design. That means it is easier to ride in powder with a higher rocker. ...
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How to store a snowboard?

Whenever you store your snowboard and do not intend to use it the next day again (unless you really like your board), then do the following Clean it. Dry it. For longer storage, usually summer ...
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How do I slow down while snowboarding?

The basic concept is to dig your edge into the snow. This has already been described by other answers. What is missing in these answers is the concept of weight distribution. The more weight you put ...
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Which country has the most snow days in Europe?

Depending on what is meant by "snow days", the correct response to the question would have to be the Scandinavian countries in general. Within the Scandinavian region, Finland has the greatest number ...
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Twisting board technique when turning a snowboard?

I think he meant the thing what I always call "let the board do the work". It's hard to explain theoretical, but I'll give it a try :) Introduction So, as a beginner you really try to push your ...
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Snowboard Boots with the Throwback?

I actually had a backyard board like that back in the early 90s, you can wear whatever boots you want with that board. Snowboard boots were developed for supportive snowboard bindings, those old ...
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