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Old 03-10-2013, 05:17 PM   #3531 (permalink)
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Yes, that's good advice. You should favor an edge most of the time.


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Lol yeah.... I have no idea why I hadn't picked that up somewhere by now. I know most of the concepts behind it enough that I taught my sister how to snowboard yesterday, but I still am not that good myself. Its great...
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Kind of slushy-ish. I guess just wet snow. It was fun though.

Some guy in a bright green jacket saw me standing at the top of whichever hill it was I was at, scared to go down for like 10 min because it looked steep to me... then he saw me fall hard a couple times...so he came by and spent some time teaching me a bit. Soooo helpful. He explained a few concepts that I guess everyone assumes are a given to know- like you are always on an edge and if you go flat board, you lose control. O.o
I'm guessing you were on that peak right off the sweet express lift? They really need to warn that even though that lift accesses green terrain that it should not be used by absolute beginners. That's a fairly steep blue just to get down from there IMO.

Leo, those were some fancy kicks in that other thread. Usually I can overcome my lack of skill with size and brute strength, but those flying kicks might give me trouble! Lol
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Leo, those were some fancy kicks in that other thread. Usually I can overcome my lack of skill with size and brute strength, but those flying kicks might give me trouble! Lol
Lol thanks. Not incredibly useful. You can't tell in the pic where I'm doing a high kick, but it's a high velocity spinning kick. I call it tornado kick lol. That one is semi-useful mainly because people who aren't familiar with it do not know what's going to follow. I can change the height too so either low or high. Also change the movement so off to the side or in one spot etc...

These are just maneuvers I practice for TKD maintenance and balance. The only real useful one is the sidekick. That's my favorite kick. I practice that the most.

Other than that, it's mainly basics I stick to when it comes to sparing or gasp... fighting. I have minimalist philosophy.

I just get a good workout and have fun with the flashy stuff.



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Lol thanks. Not incredibly useful. You can't tell in the pic where I'm doing a high kick, but it's a high velocity spinning kick. I call it tornado kick lol. That one is semi-useful mainly because people who aren't familiar with it do not know what's going to follow. I can change the height too so either low or high. Also change the movement so off to the side or in one spot etc...

These are just maneuvers I practice for TKD maintenance and balance. The only real useful one is the sidekick. That's my favorite kick. I practice that the most.

Other than that, it's mainly basics I stick to when it comes to sparing or gasp... fighting. I have minimalist philosophy.

I just get a good workout and have fun with the flashy stuff.



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When I did muay thai we had a drill for doing 50 consecutive side kicks. Man that was a killer but definitely useful kicks for sure. Swinging my tree trunk legs fucking wore me out though.
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I'm guessing you were on that peak right off the sweet express lift? They really need to warn that even though that lift accesses green terrain that it should not be used by absolute beginners. That's a fairly steep blue just to get down from there IMO.
I was a few lifts to the left of the express. Never used the express, just the smaller lift the whole day. Whichever is the one that has one of those carpet lifts going up halfway and the first aid building at the base of it is it... looking at the map (looking at the map after having been there, it doesn't look very to scale at all)... maybe it was Oak - Birch?
Either way, after that guy helped me, I managed to make it down only falling maybe 2x the whole way down, which was really nice.
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I was a few lifts to the left of the express. Never used the express, just the smaller lift the whole day. Whichever is the one that has one of those carpet lifts going up halfway and the first aid building at the base of it is it... looking at the map (looking at the map after having been there, it doesn't look very to scale at all)... maybe it was Oak - Birch?
Either way, after that guy helped me, I managed to make it down only falling maybe 2x the whole way down, which was really nice.
Oh one of those. The listed map isn't exact since I think they made a few changes this year and the map is a bit old. I'm trying to think of which of those lifts might give you trouble. The one taking you up the bunny slope shouldn't have been too bad or those two that you access from the top of the tow rope that sit about halfway up the big bunny hill to the right.

However, that Snowberry lift that is immediately left of the Express is a bad one (I think it's listed as chair 3 on the map) because of the severe angle of the actual let off area. It's simply not flat getting off the lift, as it slopes awkwardly down to the left immediately upon let off. No problem for skiers or those who can ride one foot strapped in, but tricky for beginners for sure.

If those hills on the left are the ones that gave you trouble, DO NOT get on the Express until you are comfortable with those. Bittersweet's extended bunny hill (and Bittersweet in general) is a great place to get yourself comfortable making turns and building your way up though. Good thing you ran into someone who could help; wish I had someone to help me when I first started!
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Yeah, the hill I was on wasn't too too bad. It was flat at the top, then a steeper slope the top half, then leveled out a bit, then was a not as steep slope the rest of the way. Standing at the top seeing the long run just freaks me out.

Until I get to the point where I can successfully turn with both edges, not lose control & end up going way too fast, and not fall a ton there is no way I am going on any trails more difficult than the easiest ones (that have a chair lift... that carpet thing was so slow!). I don't want to get more injuries than I already have recovered from if I can help it. Its bad enough my knee is still bruised and swollen from Saturday.
One of my cousins is a skiier and moved to colorado a few years ago, but she and I are pretty accident prone. Her skiing has given her many injuries involving casts, and enough pins put in her that she probably needs notes at metal detectors explaining why she sets them off, lol. I don't want that happening to me too.
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Until I get to the point where I can successfully turn with both edges, not lose control & end up going way too fast, and not fall a ton there is no way I am going on any trails more difficult than the easiest ones (that have a chair lift... that carpet thing was so slow!). I don't want to get more injuries than I already have recovered from if I can help it. Its bad enough my knee is still bruised and swollen from Saturday.
I know exactly what you mean because at the beginning of last season (2011/2012) I was exactly the same way. I went a couple times the spring before but hadn't successfully linked turns yet and my wife was pushing me beyond my comfort zone. Usually that's not a bad thing, but she didn't understand that I couldn't just point it and go without the ability to stop. It directly led to me taking a bad edge and slapping the back of my head on the icy hardpack.

So in the offseason I lurked here a lot and read a ton of posts then the following season I took that knowledge and began doing better. As for the fear of going down certain slopes, sometimes you have to ignore it and do it once you can generally link turns. I've probably progressed slower than typical because I'm cautious by nature, but I'm at the point at the end of my second full season of being mostly bored with greens, tackling a few blacks and being most comfortable and having the most fun on a steep-with-variable-terrain blue run. Columbine at Bittersweet, Canyon at Caberfae and Abbey Road and By George at Crystal, for example, are some of my favorite runs around.

So just stick with it, it comes eventually. Like I said, if Bittersweet is local to you then that's a good place to progress in my opinion.
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Can't wait to ride with you on say Trap! I should be able to swing a few night laps since the cabin we are staying at is down the road.


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Can't wait to ride with you on say Trap! I should be able to swing a few night laps since the cabin we are staying at is down the road.
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Ha, you're going to being flying past my slow ass! But I'll take any pointers/advice however they may come.
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