Originally Posted by freetheanimals
As I've noted previously, I started boarding in early December. I live not far from Whistler, BC and am able to get up to the mountain to ride 2-3 times a week now. While I have progressed - I no longer fall when unloading from the lift chair, am able to link turns down green runs, am improving at straight runs, and have even tried small jumps - I was frustrated to see how much more difficult turning on blue runs is.
I decided to step things up and try a few blue runs, including the Upper Franz run at Whistler. I quickly realized two major problems: 1) the blue runs seemed to be heavily moguled out, making turning really challenging; and 2) the steepness of the runs is both scary and physically hard. I had a couple of bad falls while on toe side that tweaked my ankles. I ended up doing falling leaf down a lot of the Upper Franz run but would rather avoid that since I'm an expert at falling leaf! LOL
My question is should I stick with green runs for the rest of the season and avoid blue runs altogether or should I keep trying the blues? If I should keep trying the blues, do you all have any tips for turning on them, especially dealing with moguls?
I ended up taking a lesson when I got stuck a bit on my progression, what I found was being afraid of the cliff or the tree line on the side of a steeper narrow run result in my leaning back and not being able to turn... Forcing me to skid to a stop or bail. This was especially bad on my heelside to toeside transitions. Throwing my weight forward, lowering my center of gravity, and initiating the turn by torsioning my front foot solved it. But it was mostly just setting that fear aside and getting forward.