First off, … As If! is awesome, you girls rock. I have a question about knee problems-after you’re finally back to 100 percent, or close to it, what do you do for snowboarding? I have a brace they told me I could wear, but I think it’s just bulky and restrictive. It’s just a precaution, so I don’t absolutely need it. Do you guys have any thoughts or tips on the subject?
Well, I tore my ACL almost two years ago now, so I can definitely give you my advice on the issue. First of all, it’s super important that your leg is really strong before you go out and get crazy on it. I did a ton of rehab and strengthening while I was injured, so when I was cleared to ride again. When I got back on the hill for the first time, I was really mellow for a few weeks so that I could break my knee into snowboarding again. And yes, I did wear a brace for a full year before I got rid of it. I would suggest wearing the brace at least for the first year-you’ll get used to it really quickly, especially if you get a good one, like a CTI, that’s specifically fitted to your leg. Some people even choose to wear braces on both knees, just for extra prevention. Good luck with your recovery, and have an awesome season!
Hi, I wanted to ask you what you think about those inner-city rail or jump contests that are popping up everywhere. They’re usually just strips of snow up to scaffolding jumps or sketchy rails. Is that even snowboarding?
This kind of snowboarding has nothing to do with exploring big mountains or searching untouched powder, and it doesn’t appeal to all people calling themselves snowboarders. But why should it have to be accepted by all riders? Everyone has to be able to do what he or she likes with his or her own riding. These events are still a way of having fun on your board and having the skills to win the competition. Yes, it’s a show, and sometimes the features and events can be way too ridiculous, but it’s a part of the snowboarding world nonetheless.
Can you girls recommend a good snowmobile to buy for a girl? I’m thinking of getting one, but the ones I’ve tried are really heavy and hard to turn around. Do you have one? Any tips on driving them? Thanks, and keep ripping!
Searching for the right snowmobile is a somewhat daunting task. Conflicting information seems to come from all directions. But clear your head of all that, start fresh, and know what you want out of your sled. I’ve owned one for the past four winters-first a ’99 Arctic Cat 700 and then a 2005 Ski-Doo Summit 600 (the best sled ever, in my opinion). My upgrade was like going from a Lincoln Town Car to a crazy street bike. The plus with buying old and used is that it’s not as big a deal when you dent or wreck it (you definitely will), but the new body styles make a huge difference in maneuverability, throttle response time, side-hilling ease-and they’re so much lighter. New snowmobiles are expensive, but there are lots of payment plan options-if you can swing it, I highly recommend buying new.
Next thing you need to decide is how many CCs (power output) you want. Most girls don’t need more than 700 CCs-I’m just fine on my 600. And a standard length track (144 cm) is the best, too. Unless you are doubling your buddy or breaking trail in heavy powder, there’s really no need for an 800 or a long track.
You’ll also need to insure your new sled-this is totally worth it! Those things get wrecked so easily. Try to add it onto your auto-insurance plan. Also, definitely get a full-face helmet, and knee/shin guards are awesome, too. There have been three times I’ve forgotten my shin pads and smashed my knees so hard into the front of my sled that I ccouldn’t actually snowboard by the time we got out to our jump-lame! Always wear a transceiver, as well!
Priscilla Levac can’t hide this backside lipslide from her shadow.
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