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Old 05-01-2009, 04:05 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm most proud of my bs 180's got them out of sketch-land and can throw them bigger now.

My 3's didn't get tuned in the way I liked them, didn't take them to anything significantly large sized.

Oh and finally threw down a few little one-footed tricks, nothing scott steven's worthy but still rewardingly fun none the less
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:29 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm rather proud of myself this year, considering this is my first year.


went almost every weeked (joined ski club at my school)
FS/BS 180
FS/BS 360
Tail Grab
Nose Manual
Go hurt myself bad once tho, riding switch at speeds caught edge and got knocked out, luckily I had a helmet on
Came in 3rd place at a local slopestyle comp

I considered this to be an amazing year, can't wait for next season
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:20 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Only my second season and unfortunately neither year did I get out as much as hoped. Since I have all this powder and 13,000' mountains here, I don't waste my time in park very much at all, so most of my improvement was up high. Namely:
bombing without eating shit and putting people in danger
staying on edges and not sliding when turning
decent on moguls...still need some work, but in no rush
getting good straight air off natural kickers
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getting confidence with it
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:59 PM   #14 (permalink)
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- went from being scared of blues to being able to handle anything in a resort
- went into the park and started doing boxes and jumps
- worked on switch a lot, can almost do 180s off jumps yay
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Old 05-01-2009, 11:43 PM   #15 (permalink)
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At the start of the season, I hadn't ever been on a mountain with anything but skiis. At the end, I can make it down the whole run 90% without falling (still learning my limits). I even tried a few 180s and realized I have negative skill riding goofy.
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Old 05-01-2009, 11:55 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I got a LOT better at freeriding this year. I can go through the trees a lot faster, and I'm comfortable in really deep powder (although I'm sure my new board played a big part in this). I also finally got into some real backcountry:

I didn't really get any better at park though. My BS boardslides got a lot better, and I can land 180s off bigger jumps (up to about 20 ft.), but I still can't do 360s. The biggest jumps I can land are still about 30 ft. I did finally get brave enough to try the halfpipe though. Didn't get any air, but it was still fun.

Nothing amazing, but I figure I'm doing ok for 2 seasons/~35 days of riding and no lessons. Everyone here has been a huge help!

Next season I'm hoping to get more than 15 days for once, land a 360, do more stuff in the pipe, and do a lot more backcountry.

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Old 05-02-2009, 12:15 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Well this is my first season, so I...

am comfortable riding blues and some blacks
learned dynamic skidded turns
became more comfortable with higher speeds and narrow and busy trails
learned to snowboard in various conditions (hard pack, ice, powder, spring slush)
explored the trees a bit
am currently learning to butter and ollie

It took me a VERY long time to link turns consistently, but once I got that down, my boarding skills really took off. I'm happy with what I've accomplished this season.

Next season I'd like to get comfortable in the trees, learn small ground tricks, and explore steeper terrain.
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:54 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I think I improved a little overall. A new board with new technology really helped. I also spent a morning training with a coach who was a former olympian, and that helped too. Started carving stuff out of my comfort zone. Had lots of time on snow and can't complain. Some random clips...
YouTube - Alpine Snowboarding

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Old 05-08-2009, 11:31 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I had a pretty good season for progression.

Finally got to ride some real powder on my trip out to Utah and hit some of the craziest terrain I've ever ridden. Took some time to get used to riding powder but I loved every minute of it. Did lots of off-piste riding out there some in-resort hiking to hit good bowls and some powder.

Got into the park more this season though didn't ride quite as much a I would have liked. Lots of mountains around me seemed to be most concerned with putting up the biggest craziest features possible rather than a a good range of sizes and abilities to learn tricks and then step them up on. Still accomplished some things:

- Getting more comfortable on medium jumps. Trying to get more consistent in the 20-30 foot range.
-Got some bigger 180s

As for rails/boxes didn't hit all that many.
-Got my back boardslides dialed and even brought them to few rails and small gap boxes (couldn't gap into them before)
-Did my first presses on a box - just a tail press so far.
-Finally was able to throw some clean frontboards which had been eluding me for a while.
-Getting more control spinning a bit on boxes, but I can only spin 180 on the box right now. Looking for a full 3 next season.

-My switch riding has improved a fair amount. I can carve down blues rather than skidded turns most of the time. Still not that stylish though.
-Most importantly I got the technique down for an ollie so I'm actually feeling the pop from flexing the board rather than just jumping which is what I usually did.

Originally Posted by Enigmatic View Post
My 3's didn't get tuned in the way I liked them, didn't take them to anything significantly large sized.
I'm in the same place. Didn't get to spend as much time spinning jumps as I liked. Landed some 3's but I want to get them much more consistent and take them to something more than 5-10 ft.

Awesome season over all. I'm only on break though. I'll be doing a semester in New Zealand from July to November staying just a few hours from Queenstown/Wanaka.
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Old 05-08-2009, 01:02 PM   #20 (permalink)
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This is was my 15th season riding and every year i still progress. Last year i hurt myself bad trying a BS 900 and i was super sketched out at the start of this season about doing any big spins. But at the end of the year i ended up landing a sketchy FS 1080. I rode a lot of urban this year since i would get out of work so late and the mountains would be closed. So i would just go and hit handrails which was always fun. I would say over all, i had a good season
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