How long did it take to really feel I could handle a blue properly? I'd say atleast 2-4 weeks of riding time. I've been riding for 13 years, but only about 10 days worth of riding a year. I can say it took me almost 3-4 years to feel really comfortable and actually carve properly. Considering in the first 2 years I took lessons almost everytime with the same teacher.
Don't try compare to other people's progression. Everyone is different. Much of it comes down to courage and being able to carve properly. Many people are afraid of going from one edge to another at speeds. Or even just switching sides all together. Going from toe to heel to toe to heel. Also, speed is a factor. How fast do you think you should be going down the blue? Are you just trying to slow S carve it, side to side? Are you trying to progress downward with a tight carve and ride it smoothly?
Honestly, in the end you really shouldn't compare to other people's time to progress. Learn to be a aggressive, try harder runs and learn how to handle those runs, ultimately that will teach you to become a better rider. Atleast I think so.
It doesn't come down to how fast you'll be able to ride a blue, but how WELL you will ride it. Learn to ride it properly along with learning to handle those certain situations that are different from the greens.
Also each mountain has its own definition of green and blue. If you're in VT, a blue is the equiv to a Black Diamond in the NY catskills mountains. It all depends on where you ride as well. A blue at an NY mountain will be the same as a green at a VT mountain.
Again, just learn to ride properly and ride smart. Don't worry about timing. Its like with working out. People want results fast rather than learning proper technique. Technique is the most important thing to progress.
Last edited by nerve; 02-15-2008 at 12:53 PM.