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04-23-2011 11:41 PM
fayewolf
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Originally Posted by Rufus View Post
Try Drifter for your first time down the backside at Northstar, it's a blue run near the top of the Zephyr lift. It's nice and long and wide. Once you master Drifter it's just a small step up to riding the black runs on the backside.
Done!!! It was fun!! Long and not bad at all!!
04-18-2011 11:25 AM
schmoz I am a keen explorer and tend to get off of the 'beaten track' often than not! Hence my completing a black, before I even realised, took a friend to 'aware' me afterwards...

Steeps don't bother me, never have. I am of the belief that if you have your 'linking' down what is there to fear? This is probably why it didn't register...

I should be a little more conscious of where I am heading, then again, I enjoy off-piste, so adventure is ensured - until you've exhausted all options... doubtful, where I am (still finding areas that didn't exist beforehand, in my reality)

Steeps! *pumps fist*
04-18-2011 09:46 AM
wrathfuldeity Was making 2 turn first track runs down off-the-map blacks yesterday...snow was great, knee deep fluff and filled-in...one of my best days of the year with a mix of whiteout and bluebird
04-18-2011 04:17 AM
cocolulu My first time going down a black diamond was during an intermediate lesson. I asked the instructor to teach me how to handle choppy bumpy terrain, and he took me all over the mountain. Started with a green run, then a few blue runs. After a few of those, he took me to a *mogul black diamond*

We had built up a sort of "bag of tricks" on how to do the bumpy blue runs... hop turns, dynamic turns, etc.

So at the beginning of the black diamond run, he told me to try to do hop turns. It was just uncool I hopped off a bump and bounced off another and landed on my ass... got up, started, launched off a bump before I could turn...

He gave up on the hop turns and told me to just focus on staying square, watching the terrain and planning the turns around the moguls. I did a lot better for the rest of the run and made it down!

Later on, I tried a normal black diamond run with a friend and I was surprised that I could manage it... albeit cautiously.

I eventually got to the point where I was thinking "if you don't fall, you're not pushing yourself." Also, I used to get really freaked out staring over a slope, but after riding it, it would seem manageable.

So I went on some steeper blacks (i get this feeling that blacks are soooooo varied even at the same resort), and there was this one run, where I fell, and just kept sliding, and sliding and couldn't stop I just remember thinking "hmmm... how do I stop. without digging the board in and flipping onto your face" xD I thought those kind of steeps were designated double blacks, but apparently there line between the two is kind of murky xD

Then again, it was a really straight run with no rocks or cornices or other strange things, so who knows.
04-14-2011 11:35 AM
fayewolf
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Originally Posted by Tarzanman View Post
It was my first night on a snowboard EVER at the Snow King in Jackson. It was me and one other noob boarder with two skiers.

After about 2-3 runs on a blue, they put us on a black that ran straight down the face of the hill and just about emptied into the parking lot.

Needless to say, I learned very quickly how to hold a heel edge and toe edge in order to keep from tumbling down the slope to my doom.

My poor thighs and calves burned the entire time.
I remember doing that... not black, but when i just learned, friend forced me to go down a blue, except that it was 5 miles long, 5 freakn miles long, on your heel edge....talked about BURNED!!
04-14-2011 08:19 AM
Zak
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Originally Posted by Tarzanman View Post
My poor thighs and calves burned the entire time.
feel the burn... love the burn.
04-14-2011 07:55 AM
Tarzanman It was my first night on a snowboard EVER at the Snow King in Jackson. It was me and one other noob boarder with two skiers.

After about 2-3 runs on a blue, they put us on a black that ran straight down the face of the hill and just about emptied into the parking lot.

Needless to say, I learned very quickly how to hold a heel edge and toe edge in order to keep from tumbling down the slope to my doom.

My poor thighs and calves burned the entire time.
04-14-2011 02:02 AM
nars1l I was at a smaller local hill with a group of friends with very mixed skill levels. Third or fourth time out boarding, so I was fine sticking to the greens. Cute girl was out on her first day on a board, and she was going to go with the friends who were going to try out a black. Couldn't say no to that..

Linked about two turns, and heard the cries of 'yeah!' from my friends... before I caught a heel edge at the edge of the run and did an impromptu back flip off the side. Turned out there was a nice steep side slope that went down for about 15 feet. I can just picture myself dropping from view and totally disappearing.

I was glad there was about a foot of nice powder down the entire way - took forever to get out of there though ><
04-12-2011 05:46 PM
grafta heavily tracked pow = moguls. or at least crazy uneven bumps
04-12-2011 05:20 PM
HoboMaster
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Originally Posted by grafta View Post
yup, very true. wiggly teeth
This is a problem with powder terrain as well. The steeper it is, the powder avalanches when people ride it and rolls down to a flatter spot.
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