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12-30-2012 11:42 PM
Cr0_Reps_Smit yea sometimes when im trying to work on new tricks i just need to take some hot laps and do it as many times as i can till i get it down.
12-30-2012 09:04 PM
Jed I usually ride alone unless I run into friends on the mountain. I find you can learn a lot faster riding solo if you have a set trick/technique you're focused on learning on that day.

That said, I still like riding with friends from time to time.

It's nice to have a group vibe and it can help give you that push you need, especially in the park when you're all tackling the same obstacles together.

If I end up riding with housemates who aren't as experienced, I'll just use it as a chance to work on my switch technique.
12-30-2012 08:56 PM
EatMyTracers I prefer alone. I ride better and improve more, when I'm with someone I always seem to be looking for them and end up falling because I'm watching them and not paying attention.
12-30-2012 08:36 PM
freshy My problem is I got 1 or 2 buddies who are my level or maybe a little better, but I hardly get to shred with them anymore. I guess I can take solace in the fact I probably am helping out the others I ride with improve.
12-30-2012 08:33 PM
HoboMaster I'm with most others on this, I like doing both. Freeriding wise I tend to lead the pack with my friends, but some of them are much more ballsy when it comes to freestyle stuff. This is great since it pushes me to try new things - and then I'll take them down stuff they wouldn't normally try. Win-win situation.

Once in a while though I do love riding by myself. I don't have to worry about taking people into sketchy stuff, and can do a little more exploring at my own pace. Today I had a blast just searching out powder stashes, finding little rock/stump kickers and blasting music.

If you can manage it, lifties are awesome to ride with. I talked with one who was off for the day on the bus, rode the lift with him and ended up just riding the rest of the day together. Another time on a really slow day I got to ride with a pack of lifties and do a couple epic out-of-bounds runs. Just gotta be able to keep up
12-30-2012 07:28 PM
Efilnikufesin Riding with those who won't hold you up is fun. Getting stuck behind a bad group or when your friends decide to bring new really out of shape people to the hill can completely ruin your day.

Maybe I just lack the patience when I want to just keep progressing/enjoying myself, but I don't pay for a season pass to sit my ass in the snow.
12-30-2012 07:12 PM
dreampow I used to play soccer at a pretty high level, still play a little jut for fun.

I know from experience playing with people who are better than you will help you improve as long as the gap is not too great. You improve automatically.

Same with snowboarding, sadly the flip side is that playing with people at a lower level will lower your game.

I prefer riding alone and sometimes with maybe 1 or 2 buddies who are a little better than me.
12-30-2012 02:48 PM
john doe Even on my tiny home hill I'm always watching other groups to see the lines they take and to find any new side hits. It's just habit from many years at skateparks where a new line can completely change a session.
12-30-2012 02:23 PM
extra0 I can see how riding with the right group would up your game...but the wrong group will have you riding the lameist shit on the mtn.
12-30-2012 01:50 PM
freshy Your so right about the rut thing, been riding big white for like 13 years and find myself doing the same 5 runs all the time.
The group thing sucks if your constantly waiting for others, but fun if your trying to keep up and push your self.
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