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Forum: Welcome New Riders And New Members   01-24-2014, 03:26 AM
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Posted By freetheanimals
Trouble with cat tracks

This is my second season boarding. I had felt good about my progress, especially since I can ride green runs without falling now. I live not far from Whistler and have an Edge pass so I can ride a...
Forum: Snowboarding General Chat   03-26-2013, 08:31 PM
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Views: 3,612
Posted By freetheanimals
Music can certainly serve to motivate

I'm also a climber and have often listened to music while bouldering because it helps me feel the flow, gets me amped to pull down hard, and can sometimes distract me when I'm a bit nervous on high...
Forum: Snowboarding General Chat   03-26-2013, 05:15 PM
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Posted By freetheanimals
Lol!

Now THAT was funny, Casual!

I asked about the music because the other day a beginner skier just nailed me from behind. I don't listen to music while riding because I want to hear everyone around...
Forum: Snowboarding General Chat   03-26-2013, 01:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,612
Posted By freetheanimals
Good or bad idea: Listening to music while boarding

As I've posted before, I'm very new to boarding. At Whistler, my home mountain, I notice a lot of boarders and skiers listening to music while bombing down the slopes. Is that a good or bad idea? Is...
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   03-25-2013, 06:55 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,808
Posted By freetheanimals
Most amazing day at Whistler yet!

Thanks to all your help, and especially Snowolf's detailed advice, I had the most amazing day boarding at Whistler since starting in December. I must have read Snowolf's comments ten times before...
Forum: Welcome New Riders And New Members   03-24-2013, 02:10 AM
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Posted By freetheanimals
Older boarder here from Squamish, BC

I started boarding in December at the ripe old age of 50. I live in Squamish, BC just 45 minutes from Whistler. Have taken time off work to renovate my home and snowboard as often as I can, which...
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   03-23-2013, 01:43 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,808
Posted By freetheanimals
Confidence restored! All is well on the slopes!

After the utter spanking I had on the Dave Murray black run, I went back to basics on Whistler's greens. And yesterday I felt like a pro on them! LOL My turns were tighter, my straight runs longer...
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   03-22-2013, 12:03 PM
Replies: 63
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Posted By freetheanimals
I have taken lessons and when I have some more...

I have taken lessons and when I have some more cash I'll be taking some more. Until then, I'll be putting in a lot more mileage at Whistler. In fact, I'm heading up there again today!
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   03-22-2013, 12:02 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,808
Posted By freetheanimals
Great vid. Very helpful. When I get a bit better...

Great vid. Very helpful. When I get a bit better I'll try some of those techniques. Thanks for posting it!
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   03-22-2013, 11:59 AM
Replies: 63
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Posted By freetheanimals
Lots of good advice here

I think all of you raise cogent points. I also think there is a balance between pushing the envelope to get out of one's comfort zone and taking unnecessary risks that can result in injury.

I'll...
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   03-21-2013, 11:09 PM
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Views: 7,808
Posted By freetheanimals
Thanks, Litebrite!

Thanks, Litebrite! I'll check out the book. And I'm definitely going to try Ridgerunner. Is it on Blackcomb?
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   03-21-2013, 11:06 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,808
Posted By freetheanimals
I tend to agree

I tend to agree, Mel M. I really don't feel I learned anything side slipping down that black run today. I just wanted to get off the damn thing. It was a pretty miserable experience. Unfortunately,...
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   03-21-2013, 09:51 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,808
Posted By freetheanimals
I did take a few lessons

I did take a few lessons when I first started and had a FANTASTIC teacher at Whistler named Kosta. His style of teaching was a great balance between providing support and encouraging me to push the...
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   03-21-2013, 09:39 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,808
Posted By freetheanimals
Trying a black run at Whistler is a bad idea

You're absolutely right. Blues and blacks at Whistler are pretty intense. I found out the hard way today. A skier told me the Upper Fraser blue run is notoriously difficult and advised I take the...
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   03-20-2013, 09:10 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,808
Posted By freetheanimals
Turns on blue runs

As I've noted previously, I started boarding in early December. I live not far from Whistler, BC and am able to get up to the mountain to ride 2-3 times a week now. While I have progressed - I no...
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   02-21-2013, 11:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,605
Posted By freetheanimals
LOL. Well, your advice worked at any rate!

LOL. Well, your advice worked at any rate!
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   02-21-2013, 11:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,605
Posted By freetheanimals
I actually have taken a sabbatical from work to learn to snowboard

My wife agreed to let me take off work for the entire snowboard season so I could learn to board. I bought an Edge Pass at Whistler that allows me to board during the week only. So, I've been able to...
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   02-21-2013, 09:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,605
Posted By freetheanimals
Big day at Whistler today!

I went boarding at Whistler today with all your advice in mind. And it proved invaluable!

There is a section on a run near the learning area that I've been too afraid to do a straight run down. On...
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   02-20-2013, 01:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,605
Posted By freetheanimals
So grateful for this forum

This forum has been invaluable to me. Since I'm new to boarding I have lots of questions. And I'm super stoked about the sport. So, the insight I've gathered from this site has been critical. Plus,...
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   02-20-2013, 01:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,605
Posted By freetheanimals
I am riding slightly on an edge when doing...

I am riding slightly on an edge when doing straight runs.
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   02-20-2013, 01:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,605
Posted By freetheanimals
Great advice, everyone!

Bigmountain, your comments made me feel a lot better. I thought I was being a bit of a wimp because of the fear I was experiencing. I have to admit I'm not ready for the blue runs yet. Today was only...
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   02-19-2013, 08:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,605
Posted By freetheanimals
Straight runs and speed

As I noted in a previous thread, I'm new to boarding. Just started in late November. I'm still getting used to speed and have been practicing straight runs a bit. My problems are - when I build up...
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   02-19-2013, 06:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,770
Posted By freetheanimals
Still struggling with steering the board while skating

I have been practicing LOTS at the Whistler learning area and focusing on some fundamentals, including skating with one foot in the bindings and forcing myself to face my demons with the chair lift...
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   02-16-2013, 07:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,770
Posted By freetheanimals
Better late than never! I started rock climbing...

Better late than never! I started rock climbing in my late 30s. Every decade I add another extreme sport to my activities. When I'm 60 I'm trying surfing! :)

Again, all thanks for the help. I...
Forum: Tips, Tricks And Snowboard Coaching   02-14-2013, 04:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,770
Posted By freetheanimals
Thanks, everyone, for all this great insight

I've been practicing at the Whistler learning area a lot lately and my one footed skating is getting better. Still nervous that my back foot will slide off and twist my knee or ankle. So I've been...
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