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Old 04-30-2009, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How much did you progress this season?

Since it's the end of the season - or nearing the end of the season - for most, just wondering how it went for you. Did you improve your riding skills this season? If so, tell us what you learned.

This was, by far, my best season to date. In past seasons, I never pushed myself at all and was comfortable just cruising. But this season, I really pushed myself and IMHO, the results speak to that.

This season I learned how to:
Ride switch on groomers decently - I still have to pay attention to what I'm doing, but it doesn't look like shit anymore.
Nollie (yes, it's pathetic that I didn't know how to nollie...)
Nollie tail tap/Nollie tail press
Nollie FS/BS 180 & Nollie FS360 (the last one's not pretty, but I can land it)
Nose press BS10
Landed my 1st FS & BS 360 off a jump
Went jibbing (only 50/50'd, but it's better than nothing)

In the month that's left of this season, I hope to figure out how to boardslide a box too.
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I learned how to stay up down the groomers Hopefully next season I will be more comfortable on the blues. The speed and steep slopes still scare me.
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This year was an amazing year for me. I could already do almost the whole mountain (Double blacks and unmarked runs allright) But this year I especially looked for harder and harder lines for me to ride. I went from:


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I also learned how to carve and stay on my edge on blacks.

The very last day of the season I learned tailpress 360s and all those dumb things too


To sum up my season in a picture it would be this picture:

Im on a slope motherfucka dont you ever forget

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Old 04-30-2009, 07:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I progressed quite a bit. Not surprising since I came from Indiana. I can do jumps now, I can do ground tricks like buttering and 360's. But mostly, I learned how to ride in deep powder. Heck of a switch from the icy groomers in Indy. It's still my favorite thing to do. I go anywhere for a few feet of powder.
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Wow, looking at how you guys progressed this year, I feel like sh8t . I only went 4 times this season due to work and other family commitments, so I didn't progress at all. Next season will be different.
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i progressed this year but maybe not as much as i had hoped
i didnt learn that manny new tricks but i can do most of them off of a lot bigger features
like doing more technical tricks on big handrails

last year i only felt comfortable spinning off of like 20-30 footers
this year i 540ed a 50 foot table
i just wish i would have tried bigger spins because i still havnt completely landed a 720
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I progressed a lot but it is my first year. I went from falling a heck of a lot to not falling at all, well, I still fall sometimes. I can run on the blues and some blacks. I can carve, butter and ride switch. I only came out of this season with a head concussion, broken tailbone, torn rotator cuff and we hit a deer, all in the first 4 trips. I do love the big bumps in the park, like the rolling hills. My daughter calls them tater tots. She loves them too. I also got my 2 girls on snowboards this year too. Built in riding partners, plus they go nonstop, they love it just as much as I do.

I am suprised I kept at it. Next year I might try jumps, depends on if my tailbone is healed by then and I am done with physical therapy for my shoulder. It is scary when the ER docs remember you. I also want to work on carving on black runs, the mental block of going down a steep hill gets me everytime.
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well I picked up this passtime after a long absence. In Feb I was falling down and having a hard time linking turns. As of April with a new board, bindings and boots I was hitting small jumps decently, carving blues and working on the blacks. I am not scared of the blacks at all just need to work on looking further ahead and staying on edge when after dropping in. I am hoping to get some air next season.

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Old 04-30-2009, 10:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I got switch down really well and i got a lot more comfortable with bs 180
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Old 04-30-2009, 11:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Started this season later than I wanted to and only went out 3 times. Funny, since I've only been out 3 times. First time injured both my thumbs and tailbone, second twisted ankle, third bruised ribs on both sides(should have never had a camera in my pocket) but falling less and getting better. And the third time is with my own equipment. Now I've learned what not to do. Next season a few more lessons.
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