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How to Do a Frontside 360 on a Snowboard

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 04:00 PM PST

If you enjoy snowboarding, then you likely want to learn some tricks and jumps! A frontside 360 is when you leave the slope and rotate in the air 360 degrees before hitting the ground again. The "frontside" part of the jump refers to the fact that you turn your chest toward the bottom of the slope first rather than your back. If you snowboard with your left side in front, then you turn counterclockwise; if you snowboard in the "goofy" position with your right side to the front, you turn clockwise. To land the jump, pop off the heel edge of your board into the air and use your arms, head, and torso to gain the momentum you need to rotate in the air. This jump can be difficult to master, so you may want to start with basic jumps, then 180s and 270s.


[Edit]Landing the Frontside 360 on a Simple Slope

  1. Gather some speed to land the jump properly. This jump is actually easier to do if you're going a bit faster. That's because the speed gives you more air time, meaning you have longer to make the turn. Don't try to do this going very slowly.[1]
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    • However, don't go fast that you feel out of control!
  2. Tip on your heel edge as you go down the slope. This prepares you to start turning back up the hill. Place your weight on your heels rather than the balls of your feet and tilt the board toward your heels, called the "heel edge" of the board.[2]
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    • It's important to use the edge of the board when doing a jump because it gives you something to push off of in the snow. It digs in, providing leverage.[3]
  3. Twist your arms towards the back of the board. Turn your upper body toward your back leg and move your arms around that direction. This movement is a way to "wind up" your body for the spin.[4]
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    • So if your left side is facing front, twist your arms back to the right.
  4. Bend at the knees as you come into the turn. Bending down will help you get ready to make the jump into the air. You can also lean your torso over a bit. Basically, you're just getting ready to spring up as your board movement and arms propel you into the rotation.[5]
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    • You don't need to crouch down too low. Just bend enough to make the jump.
  5. Turn back up the hill and swing your arms around. With the leg in front, begin turning the board to your backside, like you're about to go back up the hill. At the same time or just before, swing your arms around in the direction you want to go, which will help begin your rotation.[6]
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    • So if your left side is in front, you'll turn back to the left.
    • This is called a "frontside" 360 because you're turning the front of your body toward the downhill side of the slope first, rather than the back of your body. A backside would be if you had your left side in front and turned to the right first because you'd be flipping your back to the downhill side of the slope first.
  6. Pop up into the air as you make the turn. Use your legs to propel you upward just as you begin the rotation. Spring into the air, extending your body and locking your core as your torso lines up with the board below.[7] Try to jump as high as you can so you don't come down too quickly.[8]
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    • Keep in mind, the slope will help you with your lift. As you pop off the edge of the board, you'll keep going straight out for a second while the ground slopes down.
  7. Continue looking over your shoulder through the whole move. As you start the rotation, look over your leading shoulder. This movement will also help get the rotation going, but you must keep doing it through the whole turn. Otherwise, you might not make it all the way around.[9]
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    • You want to lead with your head and shoulders the whole time.
  8. Land on your toe edge. As you come around the rotation, you'll have a blind landing. Tip the board forward and extend your legs down to catch the ground. Bend your knees to absorb some of the impact as you hit the ground.[10]
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    • If you've jumped high enough and used enough rotating force, you should be going down the slope when you land again.

[Edit]Working on Problem Areas

  1. Practice popping off the ground on the trampoline. One part of the move is lifting your snowboard off the ground so you have enough space to rotate in the air. If you're having trouble getting enough lift, take your snowboard on a trampoline. Work on jumping off the trampoline on your snowboard, and it will help you get a feel for the motion.[11]
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    • Work on a large trampoline to make sure you have enough space, like the kind you see in tumbling gyms or trampoline parks.
    • You can also practice this move on flat ground in the snow. Bend your knees and use that motion to push yourself off the ground. Lift your knees under you to give yourself more air.
  2. Use the trampoline to work on the twisting motion. With your snowboard on, start bouncing, gaining some air. As you come down on a jump, twist your arms around your body to the right. When you hit the trampoline, start moving your arms and your shoulders around to the left, which will help your whole body turn.[12]
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    • Work on the trampoline until you can go all the way around.
  3. Try flatland frontside 360s to help you understand the movement. That is, instead of popping off the ground as you go into your rotation, simply spin around on the ground as you go down the slope. To make the spin, come in with your knees bent like you would for one in the air, but then extend your legs and straighten up your body for the rotation. On the way out of the rotation, bend your knees and torso back down slightly. That will help you get the feel for how you need to rotate once you get in the air.[13]
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    • Once this rotation is smooth, you can try it in the air again.
    • Don't forget the rotation movements with your arms and upper body! You won't turn if you don't start the rotation.
  4. Avoid rotating too early if you're not spinning all the way around. If you start rotating too much before you get off the ground, the friction of the board will slow your turn down. To make sure you get all the way around, try to time the rotation at about the same time as you lift off the ground.[14]
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  5. Keep the board level to not land on your butt. If you pop up and you're not level, you typically end up sliding into the ground as you finish the rotation. Try to tilt just a little bit forward with your torso as you go into the rotation and keep the board even with the horizon as it leaves the ground.[15]
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  6. Keep from over-rotating by waiting to spot the landing. This jump includes a blind landing. If you're trying to see it before the end of the rotation, you could spin too fast, resulting in a crash. Instead, keep your eyes in the direction of the toe edge of the board. Then you can see the landing point on the slope as you come around the rotation.[16]
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[Edit]Making Your 360 More Impressive

  1. Do the move off a jump on the course. You definitely want to practice straight jumps first before trying a 360. However, once you get the hang of regular jumps, try adding the rotation. Aim to start your rotation right as you hit the takeoff of the jump, twisting your arms and board around to get your momentum going. Extend your legs at the takeoff to get the "pop" effect.[17]
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    • Start with smaller course jumps and work your way up to bigger ones.
  2. Practice grabs on a trampoline with your snowboard. A grab is where you hold on to the edge of the board while you're in the air. Get on a trampoline with your snowboard on. Gain some air by jumping a few times, then work on bringing your board up for a front grab. Lift the toe edge of the board and grab it with your hand. Release it quickly and land on the bottom of the snowboard.[18]
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    • You can also lean back and grab the heel edge of the board or tip the leading edge of the board up (usually your left side) and grab it with your left hand, which is a nose grab. Try the back end for a tail grab.
    • You can use either end to grab the toe side or heel side of the board, but it will take different movements.
    • Try combining this with the 360 rotation on the trampoline.
  3. Lift your knees in your frontside rotations to work on adding a grab. To start adding a grab on the slopes, work on lifting your knees while you are rotating. Tighten your body up so that you're almost in the fetal position.[19]
    Do a Frontside 360 on a Snowboard Step 17 Version 4.jpg
    • This movement brings the board closer to your hands, making it easier to perform a grab.
    • To help make yourself compact, use a lot of force when you pop off the takeoff point of the jump. The hard pop will push your legs up toward your chest.
  4. Incorporate a grab on the slopes. After you get the feel for the movement, try it out while you make a rotation. Try starting with a straightforward jump, then try it with a 180 or a 270 before moving on to the 360. That way, you get a feel for it while lowering your chances of wiping out on the jump.[20]
    Do a Frontside 360 on a Snowboard Step 18 Version 4.jpg


  • Watch others hit the feature on the course to gauge the speed you need to clear the landing.
  • A common mistake is to start spinning while still on the feature, which causes you to lose stability in the air. Make sure that you take off of the lip straight.


  • Don't try this trick before you learn the basics. You can get seriously hurt on some of those big jumps, so take it easy if you're new to the sport.
  • Make sure to wear the proper safety gear, including headgear, to help lower the risk of injury.

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How to Clean an Oven with Vinegar

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 08:00 AM PST

If your oven is coated in grime or smells bad, it may be time to give it a clean. Oven cleaners often contain harsh chemicals, and the self-cleaning option on ovens can create a burnt, smoky, smelly mess. To clean your oven using vinegar, try combining it with baking soda or steaming it with water in your oven to scrub out grease and grime using natural ingredients.


[Edit]Using Baking Soda and Vinegar

  1. Take out the oven racks and set them aside. If your oven racks are dirty, put them on a towel so they don't get your surface dirty. If you have a pizza stone or thermometer in your oven, take those out as well. Make sure there are no pots or pans in your oven before you clean it.[1]

    Clean an Oven with Vinegar Step 1.jpg
  2. Make a paste out of baking soda and water. Mix ½ cup (170 g) of baking soda with of water in a small bowl. Combine the ingredients with a spoon until they make a thick, spreadable paste. If your mixture is still powdery, add more water until it is more spreadable.[2]

    • If the paste is too watery, it won't spread as well. Add more baking soda if you need to.
  3. Coat your oven in the paste. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. Pick up small bits of your baking soda paste and spread it on the bottom, sides, and top of your oven. Add more paste to surfaces that are especially grimy, like the bottom of your oven.[3]

  4. Let the paste sit in your oven for 12 hours. Leave the paste in your oven overnight, or for about 12 hours. If you are pressed for time, you can let the paste sit for 1 hour instead, but it may not remove all of the grime in your oven.[4]
    Clean an Oven with Vinegar Step 4.jpg
    • Baking soda works to break down grease and grime in your oven.
    • Do not use your oven while the paste is still in it. Heating up the baking soda will cause it to burn and create even more of a mess in your oven.
  5. Wipe out the oven with a damp towel. Wear gloves to protect your hands. Use a damp towel or cloth to wipe out the majority of the baking soda paste. Pay special attention to areas that are coated in grime. Scrub firmly to remove most of the dirt and grime.[5]

    • If you run into any especially stubborn areas, use a spatula to scrape them off.
  6. Spray white vinegar throughout your entire oven. Put white vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray the entire interior of your oven. Pay special attention to areas that might have baking soda residue, like the corners and the bottom of your oven.[6]

    • The vinegar will react with the baking soda and create a foam. This is normal, and will help to clean your oven.
  7. Wipe out the oven with a damp towel. Use warm water to help break down any remaining grime in your oven. Be sure to wipe out all areas of your oven so there is no baking soda or vinegar left. Let your oven dry completely before you turn it on to use it again.[7]

    • Use a dry towel to wipe down your oven and speed up the drying process.

[Edit]Steaming Your Oven with Vinegar

  1. Wipe out any loose debris in the oven. Use a paper towel or cloth to wipe out any large chunks of dried food or grime from your oven. Don't scrub too hard, since these will be dry and hard to get out. Chip out large debris with a spatula.[8]

    • You can also use a handheld vacuum to get rid of chunks of debris in your oven.
  2. Boil ⅓ of a pot of water. Fill a pot ⅓ of the way full. Boil it on high heat on the stovetop. Watch for large bubbles that pop at the top of the water to tell when it is boiling. If the water starts to boil over, turn the heat down slightly.[9]

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  3. Add an equal part of white vinegar to the pot. Fill your pot up another ⅓ of the way with white vinegar. These measurements can be approximate. Let the pot boil for another 30 seconds, then turn off the heat.[10]

  4. Place your pot of water and vinegar onto the bottom rack of your oven. Use oven mitts to transfer your pot to the bottom rack of your oven. If you have taken your racks out to clean them, just place the pot on the bottom of the oven. Make sure there are no empty dishes or thermometers in your oven.[11]
    Clean an Oven with Vinegar Step 11.jpg
  5. Close the oven door and let the pot sit for 45 minutes. The hot water will create steam and spread vinegar and hot water all over your oven. This will soften the grease and grime in your oven, making it easier to clean. Close your oven door to trap the steam and let the pot sit for at least 45 minutes.[12]

    • Do not let the pot sit for more than 1 hour, or else the water will start to cool and become less effective.
  6. Wipe out your oven with a damp cloth. Use hot water to help break down any grime. Remove the oven racks for an easier reach. Use a metal spatula to scrape out any difficult or crusted grime.[13]

    • Make sure to wipe out your entire oven before you use it again.

[Edit]Cleaning Your Oven Racks

  1. Place your oven racks in the bathtub. Clear your bathtub of any shampoos or soaps. If your bathtub is dirty, clean it out before you start. Place your oven racks in your bathtub. Set them on top of each other or side by side.[14]

    Clean an Oven with Vinegar Step 14.jpg
  2. Sprinkle baking soda over the oven racks. Make sure all of the racks are covered with baking soda. Shake a liberal amount of baking soda over your oven racks. Flip the racks over to make sure each side gets baking soda on it. Apply more on spots that are especially dirty.[15]

    • Baking soda will work to naturally break down grease on your oven racks.
  3. Spray your oven racks with white vinegar. Put white vinegar into a spray bottle. Douse your oven racks with the vinegar. The vinegar and baking soda will react, creating a foam on your oven racks. Make sure you spray vinegar on every side of each oven rack.[16]

    • The foam works to break down grease and grime.
  4. Submerge the oven racks in hot water overnight. Fill your bathtub with hot water. Make sure the oven racks are completely submerged in the water. Let them sit for about 12 hours or overnight. Do not take them out of the water early, or they may dry with the grime still on them.[17]
    Clean an Oven with Vinegar Step 17.jpg
  5. Scrub away any grime left on the racks with a sponge or towel. Use an old sponge brush or towel to wipe away stubborn grime that is left on your oven racks. The combination of vinegar, baking soda, and water will make the grime much easier to take off. Use a metal spatula to chip off any stubborn grime.[18]

    • You can also use a scrub brush to wipe away the grime.
  6. Rinse your oven racks with cool water and let them dry. Wash off any residual vinegar or baking soda with cool water in your bathtub. Use a towel to dry your oven racks or let them air dry completely before putting them back in your oven. Rinse your bathtub out to wash any residual vinegar or baking soda down the drain.[19]

[Edit]Things You'll Need

[Edit]Using Baking Soda and Vinegar

  • Baking soda
  • Small bowl
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Gloves
  • Towel

[Edit]Steaming Your Oven with Vinegar

  • Large pot
  • White vinegar
  • Towel

[Edit]Cleaning Your Oven Racks

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Sponge or towel


How to Develop a Mentoring Plan

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 12:00 AM PST

A mentoring plan is a way to clarify and formalize a relationship between a mentor and mentee. Once you've been matched with your mentor or mentee, you can outline the specifics of your roles and define guidelines for the relationship, such as meeting frequency and location. Then, work together to describe goals and objectives. After you've established a plan, revisit it twice per year and adjust it as needed to maintain good progress.


[Edit]Establishing Roles and Guidelines

  1. Take time to get to know each other before you begin working together. It's fine to have the first meeting between you and your mentor or mentee be all about getting to know each other and this may even help to forge a positive relationship. Choose to meet at a designated time and place. Then, spend about 30-60 minutes in casual conversation. Ask getting-to-know you questions of each other to establish a rapport.[1]
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    • For example, ask your mentor or mentee where they're from, where they went to school, what they like to do in their spare time, and if they have any pets.
  2. Discuss desired outcomes for the relationship. When you first begin working together, plan a conversation to establish the basic goals you'll be working towards. These can be broad goals that you narrow down later to pinpoint the mentee's more specific professional objectives. Some things the mentor and mentee might list as goals for their relationship include:[2]
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    • Increasing the speed at which the mentee learns their role and achieves competency
    • Fostering leadership development
    • Reducing stress and preventing burnout
    • Improving the mentee's motivation and job satisfaction
    • Increasing the chances that the mentee will stay with the company long-term[3]
  3. Identify each person's responsibilities. Once you've established some goals, figure out what the relationship will involve by specifying what you and your mentor or mentee will responsible for doing. State these responsibilities clearly so there is no mistaking each person's role.[4]
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    • For example, if you are the mentee, you might write something like, "As mentee, I am responsible for seeking out opportunities and experiences to enhance my learning, communicating regularly with my mentor, and reviewing my progress regularly."
    • If you are the mentor, you might write something like, "As mentor, I agree to provide support and encouragement to my mentee, provide feedback on my mentee's progress, and meet with them regularly."
  4. Specify how often you and your mentor or mentee will meet. Try to meet with your mentor or mentee 3-4 times over the course of 6 months, or more often if desired. Meeting more often may help to promote good progress, especially in the first 1-2 years of your relationship. Other things to consider when planning your meetings include:[5]
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    • Where you will meet
    • The level of formality of your meetings
    • What you'll cover in your meetings
    • When you will meet again

[Edit]Outlining Goals and Objectives

  1. Write down the mentee's long-term career goals. Identifying the mentee's ultimate or major career goal will help you to create clear objectives to work on. If you're the mentee, discuss your career goals with your mentor and then state your career goal as a main objective of the mentorship plan. If you're the mentor, discuss the mentee's career goals with them to help them develop their ideas and then help them to turn this into a definitive statement.[6]
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    • For example, you might write something like, "My ultimate goal is to become a tenured professor and move into an administrative role, such as dean or vice president."
  2. Express short-term goals for the next 5-10 years of the mentee's career. These may include things that the mentee would like to accomplish within the next 1, 2, 3, 5, or even 10 years. List each short-term goal and the proposed timeline for achieving it.[7]
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    • For example, you might write something like, "Earn a promotion within my first year of employment."
    • Or, you might write something like, "Publish a book based on my research within 5 years."
  3. Make a list of skills the mentee wants to work on. Have a discussion about what skills are important for the mentee's success in their chosen field. Then, make a list of these skills and identify ways that the mentee can work on them.[8]
    Develop a Mentoring Plan Step 7.jpg
    • For example, if the mentee wants to develop their leadership skills, they might do this by volunteering for special projects or committees, speaking up more in meetings, and reading books about leadership.
    • If you are the mentor, you may also want to suggest some skills that you think might be beneficial for the mentee's career goals.
  4. Identify professional development events for the mentee to attend. Include in the plan any workshops, conferences, or other professional development events that may benefit the mentee. Also, indicate when the events are being held and any important deadlines the mentee should know about, such as a submission deadline for a conference paper.[9]
    Develop a Mentoring Plan Step 8.jpg
    • For example, you might include in the mentorship plan something like, "Submit a proposal for the annual writer's conference by January 15th."
  5. Plan introductions to contacts that may benefit the mentee. If you are the mentor and are at a meeting or event that your mentee is attending as well, introduce them to other professionals. Expanding the mentee's professional social circle is an important goal for furthering their professional development and helping them to achieve their goals.[10]
    Develop a Mentoring Plan Step 9.jpg
    • Try saying something like, "Hello, Dr. Carlson! Have you met George? He's our newest addition to human resources."
    • The mentor may also benefit from introducing the mentee to people within their professional circle by renewing and strengthening their professional connections.

[Edit]Ensuring Good Progress

  1. Evaluate the mentee biannually to check on their progress. Regular progress reviews will help to ensure that you're making good progress, so set a schedule for these checks. If you're the mentor, evaluate your mentee once every 6 months. If you're the mentee, suggest an evaluation every 6 months by discussing it with your mentor and including it in your plan. During 6 month reviews, have the mentor and mentee revisit the mentorship plan, goals, and objectives to see what the mentee has accomplished or what they are working towards.[11]
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    • For example, if the mentee set a goal to publish a paper by the end of the year, then by the first 6 month review there should be some tangible evidence that the mentee is moving towards that goal, such as having a paper accepted by a scholarly journal or at least having submitted a paper to a journal by that point.
    • If you're the mentor, make sure to provide encouragement and feedback on the mentee's progress. You can do this by making notes on what they have accomplished and putting these notes into the form of a letter.
    • If you're the mentee, identify any goals that you have not made progress towards and ask for guidance from your mentor, especially if you are struggling with any of your objectives.
  2. Make adjustments to the mentorship plan and goals as needed. After reviewing the mentorship plan together, you and your mentor or mentee can make adjustments to the plan as needed, such as changing goal completion dates, modifying goals, or adding new goals. Use the notes that the mentor made during review and any concerns the mentee stated to adjust the plan.[12]
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    • For example, if the mentee set a goal to attend 3 professional development workshops within the next year, but they have only found 2 suitable ones, then you might adjust the goal and consider it met.
    • Or, if the mentee has already accomplished one of their 2 year goals at the 1 year checkup, then you might set a new goal for them to work towards.
  3. Review the plan together and have both parties sign it. Once you and your mentor are happy with the new or revised plan, you can both sign it to make it official. Ensure that you both agree to the goals and other objectives set forth in the plan and make any changes needed before you sign it.[13]
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  • Some companies provide templates for how to create a mentorship development plan, so you may want to check with your department head or human resources manager before you write one.


[Edit]Quick Summary