As far as tricks go, a fastplant is pretty simple, although it does take a good deal of commitment to charge at a quarterpipe or bank with only one foot strapped in. But once you get the first attempt out of the way, youĂ Ć'Âll discover itĂ Ć'Âs easier and more fun than you might’ve imagined. Dig Pat’s plant, read up on what it takes to do one yourself, then get out and give Ă Ć'Âer a go, and start paying homage to the skaters that laid the ground (and foot) work for us snow shreds. -L.G.
1. The best way to work up to this trick is by trying it on flatground while kicking around the base area. Then take it to smaller snow banks on the sides of runs. And when youĂ Ć'Âre feeling like a proficient planter step to a quarterpipe in the park.
2.When you first try fastplants on a quarter, itĂ Ć'Âs best to work your way up to the coping. Begin by trying them a third or halfway up the transition. As youĂ Ć'Âre going up the tranny, pay attention to when your upward momentum slows, and at the highest pointĂ Ć'Âłwhen youĂ Ć'Âre unweighted – pop a little ollie.
3. You should plant your back foot, grab your board, and start turning your upper body all in one motion. Look back down at the tranny over your uphill shoulder. This will help you rotate just enough to put you back in the quarterpipe.
4. With a foot firmly planted and a solid indy grabbed, try to style it out a little with a poke, then spring off your planted foot, and pull your board back underneath your body.
5. As you head back down the tranny, make sure your foot is jammed up against your back binding and youĂ Ć'Âre standing squarely over your board so you donĂ Ć'Ât wash out.
6. Ride away, hike up, and do it again and again, and always be on the lookout for other places to put your foot down.
“When you’re going up, the best way is to just go straight up and down, that way when you stall you actually just kind of hover there for a second and then you can go right back down that same track.”
Breckenridge, Colorado. Photo: Chris Wellhausen