And don't be shy to post, it might seem like we rip on people a lot here but that's because some of the posts are just downright out to lunch. By the way, you might get 10 good answers to a question here, and not one of them could be the right answer for you. So take what we say with a grain of salt! Opinions are good but they're just that, opinions.
Yeah, I've noticed that. I really appreciate the advice and I'll try and get over my fear. Haha.
Now, I grew up boarding in Ontario. Learned to ski at Mount Madawaska up near Algonquin Park (it's a little 200 ft vert hill!), and spent a lot of time at Blue and Mount St. Louis over the years. I came to Calgary last year with my job and I'll never go back. Prepare yourself for the hills out here, get in as much boarding as you can in December to strengthen your legs. The mountains in the Calgary area are amazing but you don't want to spend all your time sitting letting your legs rest when you could be flying down some great runs!!!
I'm actually thinking about moving to Calgary. I have a friend that's moving there at the end of October. I'm going to check it out in December and if I like it. I'm going to start looking for work there. I hear if you're single Calgary isn't the greatest place. Is that true? lol. I know I'll love the city and the snowboarding but I don't want to be single forever. Haha. I'll be snowboarding a lot this winter. Chicopee is 5 min's from my place. I know what you mean about conditioning. Lake Placid is the biggest mountain I've been to and the leg burn was intense. I just fought through it. I work out a lot and my conditioning is pretty good. I definitely want to be flying down those hills while I'm there though
Have fun, and BTW I think Sunshine has a lot of flat spots, I think it's a little less beginner friendly than Lake Louise for that reason. Nakiska is also a great hill that I think is under rated. Plenty of high speed lifts, wide open spaces, and it's close to Calgary.
Thanks for the recommendations. I can't wait for winter. Did I mention that already. Haha