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post #21 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-19-2013, 06:44 PM
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We had our first real mountain holiday earlier this year, after learning and riding in the domes. As mentioned earlier, hydration is key, and bring snacks if you like. If you get tired, take a break and enjoy the scenery. Don't feel pressured to keep riding nonstop or you'll be knackered the rest of the week. Like Neni said, we found day 3 to be the worst in terms of soreness. Bring some paracetemol or something and you'll be fine.

We actually found coming back to the domes was more tiring in a short time since you're constantly on the lifts. If you're relaxed and just cruising, that takes a lot less effort than skating around and riding the pomas. Try to stick with blues and reds at first - greens are super easy but tend to have too many flat areas that we boarders struggle to keep enough speed, and end up skating a lot which is very tiring. And we didn't even consider black runs at all, way too scary! An instructor in our group ended up sliding on his bum halfway down a black because the conditions that day were so icy.

Real snow will ride a fair bit faster than dome snow, but you also have a lot more space so I didn't find it that big of a deal. If you're concerned about speed, it might be worth looking at a lesson early in the week to make sure you have the correct technique, though with lots of dome lessons you're probably good there. Tips on carving would be handy. The first few drop ins at the top of the mountain will be scary as heck, but you get used to it quickly and you'll find yourself picking up speed as the week goes on.

Chair lifts are easy to get on, no problem there. Getting off can be tricky, but if you can slide out of the way as the chair swings round, just stop and take your time skating away. It just takes practice like everything else. I've not had the questionable pleasure of trying t-bars, but button/poma lifts are just like in the domes, just much much longer.
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We had our first real mountain holiday earlier this year, after learning and riding in the domes. As mentioned earlier, hydration is key, and bring snacks if you like. If you get tired, take a break and enjoy the scenery. Don't feel pressured to keep riding nonstop or you'll be knackered the rest of the week. Like Neni said, we found day 3 to be the worst in terms of soreness. Bring some paracetemol or something and you'll be fine.
Newbs....Most folks get injured either their first run or the last one of the day...because they are not warmed up or too tired. So the first 1-2 runs and last 1-2 runs of the day...just take it easy, cruise and enjoy the scenery...save yourself to ride another day.

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yea that last set of booters when youve been lapping the park already and the sun going down is a bad idea I always try to tell myself to come get it in the morning....

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The friends that you are going with, are they experienced riders or new like you? If they have experience with lifts then they will help you out no problem. If not, befriend someone that looks experienced and have them help you. Lifts can be dangerous if you don't have guidance or a little help the first few times. After you learn it, its a breeze.

As for real snow being fast or slow. Don't stress those little details. You'll adjust easily and you will have an amazing time!!!

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!!
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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

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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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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...
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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.

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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!

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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.
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