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Old 11-26-2012, 12:23 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Now those of us who do ride anywhere, anytime and in any condition can in fact ride ice just as well as any ice coaster. When icy, the nature of our terrain adds a lot more extra challenge to ice riding so a frequent ice riding westerner is probably a better ice rider. Even if all you are doing is riding groomers, our easy blue runs are equivalent to black runs in the east. Now, ride our off piste shit in icy conditions; that separates the men from the boys....
Thanks Snowolf, by the way awesome vids! I am a somewhat of a new rider so I appreciate any info.
I would love to be one of those who do ride anywhere but I am stuck here on my small hills! Maybe once my lkids are bigger I can at least go back to VT or go to Whiteface. but.... I need to go out west. I even have dreams about wanting this experience. Hey maybe I could hire you as a teacher I really want try it all!
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:32 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Where there is a will there is a way. Take it easy and make steady progress and you will be a well rounded rider. Go out and ride in the nastiest shit mother nature comes up with and learn what you can and cannot do in any situation and always push your comfort zone and current skill level every day you ride. Scare yourself just a little every time but always within the safety margin.

While today I ride 50-55 degree big lines in the PNW and Alaska, there was a time not all that long ago where I thought I was going to shit myself riding the first blue run off the top of the Agazis chairlift at Arizona Snowbowl. It's all about progression and time behind the wheel!
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:43 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I have to disagree with that notion that if you can ride on the east coast you can ride anywhere. I started out in VT and learned here for my first year. My skills weren't really progressing until I took a trip out to Tahoe and got a taste of that powder. I did a few days there and my skills drastically went up more in a week there than months on the east coast.

For me it was the confidence you get when falling in soft snow over falling on hard, packed east coast ice. After falling on that east coast ice so much I focused my attention on riding cautiously and avoiding falls. I'm in my mid 30's and I'm pretty big. When I fall it effen hurts. But once you hit the West coast powder and falling doesn't hurt as much, you take a lot more risks and push yourself.

I remember when I got back from my Tahoe trip I had so much confidence that I took a trip to Hunter with my buddies to show off my skills. I was doing great up until I took a nasty fall when I caught an edge and I quickly realized I wasn't in the West coast anymore.
All that F'ng said, i ride with mandatory body armour but maybe that'c cause I'm old as s*it and already broke my neck on ice.

I know this more from skiing but I was able to handle Squaw's KT22 on my first attempt mainly due to dealing with icy shit at Whiteface, the West was harder from a pow, terrain, get lost aspect but it is worth saying the east experience does PREPARE you to go but once you are out there a whole new skill set gets introduced that you would rarely experience on the Ice Coast.
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