In his professional life, Theodore “Ted” Catino serves as an investor and entrepreneur in Boston, Massachusetts. Outside of work, Ted Catino pursues a variety of hobbies, including skiing.
For the skier, good form plays an essential role in control and performance on the slopes. Good form begins with a strong stance, which functions not as a rigid position but rather as a base from which all other movement progresses.
The skier’s basic stance starts with a slight forward lean grounded with weight centered over both feet. The feet are wide apart and knees are bent, so as to absorb impact the best. The waist bends slightly, and the chest is aligned with the toes. The weight shifts slightly forward so that the skier can feel his or her shins pressing into the front of his or her boots.
The incline of the body changes with the steepness of the slope so that the skier can keep his or her center above the skis’ midline. This changes whenever the skier turns or crosses the slope, at which time the downhill or outside ski shifts lower and takes more of the skier’s weight. The body twists slightly toward the line of natural fall, while the head focuses on the skier’s direction.
A longtime entrepreneur, Theodore “Ted” Catino founded Security National Automotive Acceptance Corporation (SNAAC) in the 1980s. Having sold the company, he is currently working as an interview and transition coach. Ted Catino also assists his son, TJ, with running 625 Investments, LLC. Outside of work, Ted Catino enjoys snowboarding.
Feeling like you’ve hit a plateau in terms of your snowboarding skills can rapidly kill your motivation to improve. However, there are several things that you can try to move past your current skill level. Below are just a few ideas:
1. Get new equipment. Many people may still be using their beginner-level snowboarding equipment despite being more intermediate or advanced. By using gear that does not match your strength or ability, you limit how much you can really improve. Try buying new equipment that better suits your current snowboarding level and style.
2. Get low. Not getting low enough is an issue most often seen among newer snowboarders, but it is something that can prevent seasoned snowboarders from fully improving their skills. By bending your knees and getting lower to the ground, you improve both your power and control while riding. This makes it easier to handle bumps and take turns, and it also improves your stability.
3. Learn switch riding. A great way to improve your overall skills and, more specifically, your ability to complete tricks, switch riding takes a bit of practice. It takes a lot of focus to complete basic snowboarding movements in the reverse position, but it makes you more aware of your regular riding and your movements, making it easier to tweak certain things that may be holding you back.