The example of higher mastery of snowboarding is the speed carving on off-piste. By combining secure inclinations and rotation with smooth vertical motion you will get the most exciting emotions from the speed when riding deep snow.
And only a part of these myths is true. Narrow boards really sink in the snow because they don’t have enough width to ensure enough lifting force. That’s why many riders take two boards of different geometry when they make trips to the big mountains. As for stiff boards of soft geometry you will learn to ride them off-piste if you learn how to shift your centre mass along the board depending on the relief. Sure on flat areas such board will sink its nose in the snow but is it really fun to ride such slopes?
Big angles of edging can also become a problem to those riders who cannot control them and they can cause serious falls at high speed. Many riders consider that it is pretty comfortable to walk up the hill in plastic boots and don’t see any problem in it.
Typical snowboarder finishes making their progress in three weeks when they learn to keep their weight on the leading foot and to wag their back foot and they are ready to become a star of regional slopes. However later in big mountains it becomes impossible for them to ride in such style because incorrect weight distribution makes board sink in snow, speed gets lost and a rider hardly has any fun. Besides, active slowdown by kicking out your back foot when you ride off-piste is a very dangerous way of decreasing the speed. Most often in this case the board turns across the direction of movement and freerider catches an edge and makes a dozen of handsprings. It is good that in such situations riders rarely can be seriously injured but the situation is very frightening.
So you need to take into consideration the following: