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Old 01-22-2008, 01:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ok well i just spent 2 days snowboarding in tahoe (Diamond Peak). It was fun and I caught on very quickly. I have been wakeboarding for about 3 years now and it was basically the same only i wasn't used to putting my weight on my front foot. I can do some jumps, etc and it wasn't that hard for me.

The only thing i didn't really like was the people at diamond peak (not the employee's). Most were either complete assholes or total beginners. I fell about 10 times total (outta 2 full days of snowboarding i don't think that is bad lol) and it seemed like everytime i fell it was because of someone cutting me off, or i would fall and someone would then come wiz right by me by like inches even though they saw me with plenty of time to move outta the way. What also really pissed me off was there were a bunch of retarded people that would just sit in the middle of the hill or the slope and just sit and talk or w/e. So many people didn't pay attention and it stopped myself along with others from be able to do more of what we wanted.

Also it seemed like all the hills there were either way to steep for beginners or just way to easy which kind of sucked because i ended up doing only 2 hills each were way toooo easy but all the other stuff was clearly out of my skill range. This made the hills that i could do packed with people and the hills i couldn't do empty .

Also i'm not saying im a good snowboarder lol, but i know that i didn't get in anyones way and i didn't cause any other people to fall. And i actually took time to make sure that it was fun for me and others too and it sucked not seeing others displaying common courtesy.

Overall I had fun but most likely will only go to diamond peak when i don't want to drive far from my aunt and uncles cabin (5 min drive). Next time i plan on going to northstar. Also what was your guys first times snowboarding like?

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Old 01-22-2008, 08:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Also what was your guys first times snowboarding like?
Painful.

My girlfriend's 13 year old brother taught me and he said he was amazed at how quick I picked it up. I still fell quite a bit, but in less than 2 hours I was linking turns and having a good time.

I'll be going for my 2nd time this weekend with my girlfriend and some buddies who are also beginners, so it'll be my turn to watch other people fall for once!
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Some days can be like that, ppl not carring about others, jamming a spot of the hill all sitting down, I don't think that has anything to do with the hill itself but more to the clientele oj that particular day. Lets say if a bus of school kids is there they might be prone to group up and chit-chat...(not ranting)

My first time was amazing at Mount St-Anne in Quebec City. I was there for a week-end, the first day was tough on my ass, but the second day I could slalom not too bad... I too started on a wayyy to easy slope, resulting in a hour long run down the hill. I just kept falling on the sides not going fast enough to actually snowboard lol...
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Old 01-22-2008, 05:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds like a yuppie ass resort. We definitely have a few of those around here, that's why I stick with my mountain and rarely go to the "shopping mall" resorts where everyone has all new gear and spits at grubby snowboarders like me. I can't stand that type of shit attitude on the mountain, no reason to be cocky or rude to people just because you showed up in a Lexus and just got done blowing $1000 at a ski shop for your one trip to the mountain for the year. That actually reminds me of a.....skier attitude (I know they aren't all like that but they used to be!).

Good thing you had fun anyway. Once you get more confident the trees are a great place to get away from the people that make your experience suck.
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Old 01-22-2008, 07:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sounds like a yuppie ass resort. We definitely have a few of those around here, that's why I stick with my mountain and rarely go to the "shopping mall" resorts where everyone has all new gear and spits at grubby snowboarders like me. I can't stand that type of shit attitude on the mountain, no reason to be cocky or rude to people just because you showed up in a Lexus and just got done blowing $1000 at a ski shop for your one trip to the mountain for the year. That actually reminds me of a.....skier attitude (I know they aren't all like that but they used to be!).

Good thing you had fun anyway. Once you get more confident the trees are a great place to get away from the people that make your experience suck.
There was quite a few people like that at steamboat... but was pissed me off even more it was mostly people from texas... the kind of people that makes me understand why people from Colorado hate people from here... Just a side note... I never did talk to a skier that was chill...

Back on topic... Snowboarding was/is some of the best times of my life... That's badass you picked it up quick.... just a thought though... didn't the resort you were at have some type of gondola or lift to go higher up on the mountain? Chances are there's a green run up there somewhere with a whole lot less traffic...


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Old 01-22-2008, 11:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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yea they had some amazing mountains but they were way out of my range. Like there was no intermediate in my opinion it was either really easy or really hard. Also yea I don't think I talked to one chill skier except for my uncle who does it but is so chill. One skier when he was going off the lift "accidentally" stabbed me with his sticks or w/e so i pushed him away and he got pissed at me. I may go back later since it was a holiday weekend so its prolly normally not so crowded. And i spent around 700$ on my gear for my first time lol but i will be going again and I wasn't a dick.

Yea like i said it was still fun but it was just depressing kinda seeing how many just dicks there are that care nothing for others then seeing 80% of the mountains clear but way to hard for me lol.
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Old 01-23-2008, 03:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Well I'll admit that I caused a skier to fall on my past two days out. Both times were on the beginner run that merges with a blue. Anyway both times just cruising...not blasting and tried to get around the traffic attempted to anticipate the skier's rhythm but either made a miscalculation or they changed their pattern and I just ended up clipping them. Anyway yesterday clipped a skier right infront of a line of patrollers but they didn't yell caused I stopped and made sure they were ok, which I always do...but both skiers were rather indignate and did not seem to appreciate the fact that at least I stopped to make sure they were ok and offer assistance.

On another note, I've ridden up lifts with "mallish tourist" who expect to be catered to...like "these are slow speed quads" "there's no safety bar" "the liftees don't slow down the chair so that we can get on (never mind that they are headed to serious black diamond runs)" and have not even given a thought that they are on a hill that require some skills. So on the other hand, you're at Baker, its like have fun but don't complain and have the skills or watch your a$$ cause you can hurt yourself or die inbounds. There are lots of chill skiers that just rip as hard and harder than most snowboarders...lots of respect between the local skiers and snowboarders.
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Old 01-23-2008, 05:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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when it comes to other people on the hill.... fuck em. i ain't there for them. they can pose and front up all they want i don't care. they can race me, shower me in snow do whatever floats their boat, i don't care. they can stomp on the tail of my board and aside from them receiving a shed load of abuse, i don't care.

i'm there to ride and that's all that matters to me. ride, enjoy, go home alive. job done.

as for hills being too easy or too tuff.... i don't buy it. frankly there is a lack of imagination if a hill doesn't fit you. if you think it is too difficult, then ride it anyways, as it will be good progression. if a slope is too eay and gentle, ride it switch, or with butters, jump about, do something to push yourself.

for a learner, the whole place should seem awesome! it was for me and that is inspite of a heavily bruised arse and pair of knee caps!
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Old 01-23-2008, 09:18 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Dude be thankful you're not on the east coast where people are just assholes naturally! I've mastered the art of finding the one lift on the mountain that noone uses and riding those runs for an entire day just to avoid the issues you were talking about. People are inconsiderate, that's just how it is. Also there are a lot of chill skiers but just like snowboarders, there are a lot of dickheads also. Snowboarding/Skiing is just like the rest of society in that sense...
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Old 01-23-2008, 10:54 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Agree I live in jersey and some people are a-holes.Sitting around,cutting you off.Mater of fact 2 weeks ago I went riding at Mountain creek and overhead two(skier) kids talking about playing chicken with the riders.I told one of the kids that wasnt cool and if i saw him doing that I was gonna beat the piss out of him..It worked never saw the kid again..
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