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Old 04-07-2011, 10:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I want to hear about your first time going down a black diamond stories!

I went down a very short black diamond last week! Well, I didn't know it was a black diamond (seriously, very short, but still!!). I still have one paid group lesson left at this mountain so I had to use it this past weekend before the mountain closes, luckily, I was the only one at level 4/5/6, so I got a 2.5hr private lesson for $50!

After a few warm up runs, said instructor took me up the mountain and said we'll go down a few slightly steeper blues, but he said he has total confidence that I can do it.... so we went. I looked at the slope under the chair lift, and ask him "are you serious, this looks kinda steep?", he said it was fine and so I went. He went down first and tell me to "traverse", now "turn"! With someone encouraging me, I made it down fine! (Well, i did fell when I panicked and put my weight on my back leg and instead of just fall and sit down, i slide down for a bit!!)

After we got to the the bottom of that area, he said "congrats, you just did your first black diamond, see how steep that beast was?" pointing his finger back up.

What's your story?
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First time we did a double black was accidental when we were learning to board years ago... that particular line only has a sign up top of the drop, and not midway where we merged into the line from a blue... anyways, my skier buddy had to take the skis off, and I tried plowing all the way down but even breaking I was travelling faster on the ice then I did normally on blues... almost flew off the edge into the trees but I lived. So stayed away from all that for a good while.

Anyways, double diamonds are a lot more fun now
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The second day I ever rode, my boys took me to the top of 9 at Loveland and we dropped Wild Child.

I wasn't ready for it and it scared the shit out of me, but I made it. Honestly, it was that run that made me fall in love with the sport. Just looking at that terrain and watching other people rip it up made me want to get better and get better fast! I went and took a lesson after that trip.
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The second day I ever rode, my boys took me to the top of 9 at Loveland and we dropped Wild Child.

I wasn't ready for it and it scared the shit out of me, but I made it. Honestly, it was that run that made me fall in love with the sport. Just looking at that terrain and watching other people rip it up made me want to get better and get better fast! I went and took a lesson after that trip.
I think this sums up my first experience. Instead I think it was the off the top of the Gondola at Mammoth.
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think this sums up my first experience. Instead I think it was the off the top of the Gondola at Mammoth.
I love doing top Gondola runs at Mammoth. As long as i'm not going through too many moguls. One time one of our buddies lead us over to the side thats covered in moguls. Had to take a 5-10 minute break after that run to rest my legs.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i remember we accidentally did one at breck. i was with a girl and she started crying. it was cool but she made the experience suk
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Old 04-08-2011, 03:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Skier bud took me on some runs, then said what you'd think of doing your first black...actually double black. And like linvillegorge, was scarrry but "oooooh that wasn't so bad" and how do I do it like those guys rippin. Then it was lets go try the chute.
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:34 AM   #8 (permalink)
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My first time on a double black it was a bluebird pow day on a weekend and therefore crowded as fuck so I was exploring far away from chairlifts looking for fresh tracks/ no three year old skiers on leashes going sideways doing a pizza wearing a pointy helmet. I didn't realize it was a double until the next day so I just rode it like I would ride a single. The pow was tracked but it still felt nice. The next day when I looked at the trail map and saw that I'd just done a double I totally felt like Xavier de le rue or whatever his name is. Fuck I'm such a gaper.
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An icy, hadn't snowed in a week, type day. Skier "buddy" says, "let's try a black". He takes off and I remember thinkin' don't fall headfirst down the slope, cause there is no way in hell I'll be able to stop. Trees everywhere......I think I made a couple of turns and ate shit. Did the falling leaf on my heelside the rest of the way down. Today that same "buddy" can't keep up!
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welp my first time i went down a black, it was an accident! i was trying to go down a blue and i turned suddenly into a black! turns out i did good and i ran into a sweet terrain park in the middle... this was at Big Boulder a couple weeks ago and the black was actually very steeeeeep!!! haha
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