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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-28-2011, 03:17 PM
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Generally speaking a double black is too steep to get a grooming cat up or down it unless it is a winch cat. I have actually seen it done at Mt. Hood Meadows where the head of our grooming department actually lowered a $2 million dollar cat down A-Zone in Heather Canyon to groom a 50 degree pitch with the Herpa Winch Cat anchoring it at the top. Rob is crazy Mo-Fo!!!!....
I've always been interested in how that works. My resort just got a new winch cat for some of the steeper black runs. Did you see what they tie off to at the top of the run?

OP, def move onto the other green runs that the resort has to offer. They vary more a far as turns and cat tracks go and will push you more than bunny hill will. Plus, less falls off lifts and such since the runs are longer.
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does it have a sister derpa cat also?

now thats bad ass! that would be fun. but just like the article says, the first time would be brick shitting to say the least im not afraid of steeps or heights (obviously since i ride them), so i think i would have fun doing that.

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when it comes to learning, my philosophy is that your not gonna learn to go down bigger slopes by going down small ones. Go up the mountain and then take it slow, really slow. Fall a lot but don't be afraid to fall. You will get used to the terrain and learn to ride it well. just my 10 cents.
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To the OP, this is what gromed trail looks like at the beginning of the day:



Take it easy your first run of the season (maybe on the bunny trail to get your legs back). Then make sure you hit up the greens and then some blues after you feel you can carve your turns. DO NOT stay on the bunny hill all day!
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Take it easy your first run of the season (maybe on the bunny trail to get your legs back). Then make sure you hit up the greens and then some blues after you feel you can carve your turns. DO NOT stay on the bunny hill all day!
Totally agree. Don't be afraid to fall. Get your legs and then start going up the chairs and hitting the greens then the blues. The is no reason you shouldn't be trying a blue run on your second day....just gotta be okay with falling.

My first day learning to ride was a total mess. No lessons and learning with another buddy so we were just winging it. We fell so many times we could barely walk the next day. However, by the end of day one, we were slowly working our way down an easier blue run with some success.

You just gotta get to the top of the hill and figure out how to get down. Nothing on a blue run will be too bad that you will get in any sort of trouble.
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