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10-21-2013 06:08 PM
jdang307 Don't know about the resort you're going to, and conditions are always iffy, but I can't imagine you won't be stoked being on a real mountain vs. indoor. Just relax, have fun and I guarantee you will get that bug and be hooked.
10-21-2013 05:49 PM
EatRideSleep
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They are new like me, although a couple of them are a level above me in the lessons. With this trip, it includes an instructor... although i'm not to sure what they will be teaching us, or if they are just there for support as its our first winter trip. Either way i'm hoping the instructor will be on the lift with us to help! Been watching videos on youtube about chairlifts... they make it look really easy, but i know that it'll be completely different once i'm there haha just going to try not to think about it too much... and make sure i have the highest insurance cover haha

Thanks everyone else for the advice! am hopefully going to confirm my place on the trip this week! exciting!!
Not sure if the vids you've been watching mention this or not, but use your eyes...where you look is where you will go.

Glance down while about to unload if you must (to feel secure with your hind foot placement) but keep your eyes up and ahead in the direction you wish to go. Also, relax and breathe.

Good luck!
10-21-2013 03:55 PM
SnowAngel It's a metal pole with a hook a the end which goes round your thigh (or in-between your legs if on skis) standing with one foot strapped in the board it tows you up by sliding on the snow. Hope that makes sense haha.
10-21-2013 03:46 PM
Argo Pima is a brand name. Does it have a strap that you put by your waist to tow you up while sliding on snow or do you sit down on a chair and ride up, not sliding on snow?
10-21-2013 03:44 PM
SnowAngel
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Don't sweat it too much, even if you fall coming off it won't be a big deal. You'll figure it out by the end of your first day. If you've never done a T-bar before and go anywhere that has one you can't avoid those are worse. Not sure how steep the indoor parks are you've ridden but be prepared for steeper, and muggles I don't know if y'all deal with those at indoor parks or not.
Never done a T-bar, the indoor slope i use uses poma lifts.. which i really didn't like using at first, but i've now got use to it haha. The slope, i think, is around 15% steep at the top, but i can imagine the ones on the mountain are steeper. I'm still learning all the lingo so not sure what a muggles is.. (sorry prob a silly question)

lander91 and The Deacon- Thanks will keep those tips in mind!
10-21-2013 02:06 PM
lander91
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Don't sweat it too much, even if you fall coming off it won't be a big deal. You'll figure it out by the end of your first day. If you've never done a T-bar before and go anywhere that has one you can't avoid those are worse. Not sure how steep the indoor parks are you've ridden but be prepared for steeper, and muggles I don't know if y'all deal with those at indoor parks or not.
Indoor slopes feel somewhere between reds and blues to me. Dropping in at the top of reds was the scariest for me - once I got on them it wasn't too bad. Take your time, don't rush, and just keep turning... practice makes perfect. Blues are no biggie, perfect for cruising.

Seriously don't worry about the chair lifts, you'll get used to them quickly. I found it easiest as a regular rider to sit on the left, so if I had to sit down abruptly when I got off, I was already fairly out of the way. Only happened a few times, mostly when I was tired. It also helped me slow down, if I hung my heel off the edge of the board to brake, it would swing my board around to the heel edge a bit, and I could stop and skate off easier.
10-21-2013 12:42 PM
Deacon Chairlifts aren't that big of a deal. Practice turning while skating on inclines so that you can control your board without relying on pivoting your back foot. When you ride off, just keep your weight on your front foot and steer normally. If you do fall, don't grab anybody, just fall gracefully and then get out of the way and get back up. The worst is when people take out their whole chair and everybody is sprawled across the ramp tangled up. Good luck!
10-21-2013 12:39 PM
xIceHoundx
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From the UK. So it's not a great distance away. But i guess where ever i go, i'll have to tackle the chairlift at some point! So it might as well be now, and will just make sure the instructor knows i've never been on one and that it's kinda scaring the crap outta me haha, fingers crossed it'll go as smooth as it can for a first timer...
Don't sweat it too much, even if you fall coming off it won't be a big deal. You'll figure it out by the end of your first day. If you've never done a T-bar before and go anywhere that has one you can't avoid those are worse. Not sure how steep the indoor parks are you've ridden but be prepared for steeper, and muggles I don't know if y'all deal with those at indoor parks or not.
10-21-2013 12:33 PM
SnowAngel
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Where you originate from? Seems like a fairly big deal to make your first time on a real mountain be a long distance trip when you've never even experienced a chair lift
From the UK. So it's not a great distance away. But i guess where ever i go, i'll have to tackle the chairlift at some point! So it might as well be now, and will just make sure the instructor knows i've never been on one and that it's kinda scaring the crap outta me haha, fingers crossed it'll go as smooth as it can for a first timer...
10-21-2013 12:15 PM
jdang307 Take a lesson, tell them you've never been on a lift. My first time ever my now-wife and her friend scared the shit out of me in Tahoe. They told me the lift is the hardest part (it might as well be since you don't know how to ride but you are expected to ride off). But I'm a pretty well-balanced guy.

So 3 of us get on the lift. Remember I've never even slid 2 feet on a board before. I prepare myself mentally for it. I told them, I'm going straight you guys go whereever you need to go. Get off the lift (I sit on the chair almost sideways) put the foot on and just let it rip. I sailed off without falling and those two tangle up with each other. I think in their effort to not fuck me up they just ran into each other. Was kind of funny.

There are some crazy lifts out there. In Stevens Pass when you go over to the backside on one of the peaks, last year they dump you off into a narrow corridor (I think there was some construction or maybe not I forget) where you ride what might be several hundred feet or even yards with nowhere for you to stop. Even though we're past that stage I thought for sure we were going to crash but we didn't. That steep pitch and then ramp off the lift were the craziest I've been on.
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