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Old 03-15-2011, 12:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm just wondering, sometimes I read threads here, people say, OMG, I fell 4 times that day. Umm... that's still "normal" for me...in fact, that's really good if i only fall 4 times during the day. I feel kinda stupid. I'm not even talking about park, just all mountain.

I'm finally past the stage where I'm constantly falling, I was learning it quite slowly, falling a few times going down the bunny slope, it took me at least 5 mountain days to get the hang of it.

With all the help here, I'm finally cruising down blues linking turns, but I still eat shit! Not as much of course, but I still fall at least 2-3 times going down from top to bottom (takes me about 20 minutes), I'm trying to carve more, skid less, or varying my turn radius, riding cat tracks, and stuff.
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I'm just wondering, sometimes I read threads here, people say, OMG, I fell 4 times that day. Umm... that's still "normal" for me...in fact, that's really good if i only fall 4 times during the day. I feel kinda stupid. I'm not even talking about park, just all mountain.

I'm finally past the stage where I'm constantly falling, I was learning it quite slowly, falling a few times going down the bunny slope, it took me at least 5 mountain days to get the hang of it.

With all the help here, I'm finally cruising down blues linking turns, but I still eat shit! Not as much of course, but I still fall at least 2-3 times going down from top to bottom (takes me about 20 minutes), I'm trying to carve more, skid less, or varying my turn radius, riding cat tracks, and stuff.
i fall once in a while... especially if i think im a beast and im cruising... next thing my edge catches in the shitty granular and im sliding 20 feet down the mountain and i get up and try to play it off ... haha!! little exaggeration there
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Don't worry, you get to a stage where falling over isn't an issue anymore.
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you continue to ride somewhat frequently, you'll soon progress to a situation in which riding in general is second-nature. I fall a bit while riding natural terrain but I treat the natural like it is a park so it is to be expected.

The best answer really lies in how much you push yourself. If you are trying to progress, you should be falling because you are going outside of your comfort range... but this is necessary in order to progress.
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If you continue to ride somewhat frequently, you'll soon progress to a situation in which riding in general is second-nature. I fall a bit while riding natural terrain but I treat the natural like it is a park so it is to be expected.

The best answer really lies in how much you push yourself. If you are trying to progress, you should be falling because you are going outside of your comfort range... but this is necessary in order to progress.

Agreed! If you're not falling, you're not learning & you're not getting better. I'm disappointed if I don't fall at least a few times because it means that I didn't really try to push myself.

That said, the better you get the more board control you will have so your falls are generally not going to be of the "catch-an-edge-and-break-your-wrist-and-face-plant" variety, and in a lot of instances they're not going to be very hard falls anyways because you will be able to control your bails a little better.
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Season 8, age 53, 25 days/yr...I fall quite regularly; maybe average 8-12x/day mainly while doing the off-piste 3-4 black diamond natural stuff...but you try to choose wisely where you might bail. And of course falling in poo is better than bouncing on ice. Occasionally, I'll catch an edge and slam 2-4x/year. In the good stuff, its fun to really press your limits and when you bail, try to pop right back up and make it look like you are a frickin pro ridin it out. Btw pros eat shit...its unfortunate that they don't leave a few of those scenes in the show, cause it gives newbs an unrealistic view.
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Yeah, as others have said, your number of falls isn't an indication of how good you are. I fall more towards the end of the day when I'm more tired. I fall more when I'm hitting stuff that's outside my comfort zone. I fall less on ice days because I don't take any chances. And so on.
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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And of course falling in poo is better than bouncing on ice.

That's a tough call lol


Yesterday was the last day of my first season of riding. I fell 4 or 5 times which is way less than I've fallen the rest of my times out. Felt pretty good about that.
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Ending season 10 here, I still fall quite a bit trying to push myself to not suck so much. I even occasionally fall on groomers for no other reason than I'm tired or my mind wanders from the repetitiveness of cruising all day. Once your body is more conditioned to snowboarding and the movements become second nature and you're relaxed enough to deal with sketchy terrain, you can probably go the whole day without falling. Take your time and go out each morning with a plan of what you want to work on. Best way to progress IMO.
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I actually fall more now than ever. But as others have stated, it's because of progression and my need to learn new things.

For general cruiser runs, I fall rarely. However, I found that my rare falls are more significant than the ones I took while learning. It's a matter of letting my guards down I believe. You know, when you get good at something, you get really comfortable so you have less concerns. Well, that's a recipe for a gnarly edge catch.
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