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I must be dumb but what the hell is Xanax ?
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I'm normally okay with heights, but completely froze on some bombproof ice last weekend at Killington. Might also be the hangover, I was absolutely certain that I was gonna break my neck if I even tried to not sideslip it down.

I love group ski trips, but it can take a toll on the quality of the ride the morning after.

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I went on a Green for the first time yesterday and I kind of froze up intially but I eventually strapped in and went down the hill without falling except for this one part where there were a shitload of bumps and just straightup ice where my board wouldn't grip shit.

I froze up when I got back up though and I looked up at the surronding area and realize how far up I was...So I think I figured out one of my fears. When I stand and look accross the valley I realize how steep the mountain actually is and it freaks me out. However when I am on the board I am parallel with decline so it doesn't seem as steep.

As for the ski lift...I was scared shitless only on the parts where there is maybe a 30-40 foot drop straight down. Freaks me out but talking to someone on the lift makes it so much better.

It was funny though cause the chick I went with wiped out everytime cause of me. First time my board hit hers and then I fell back and my binding went straight up my ass. I swear I won't ever feel the same again after that violation.

Then the second time I didn't fall but that's because as soon as we got off I pushed her LMFAOOO she went flying the other way as I boarded away like a boss.

Also I didn't realize how much more smooth a new board is from an old board. I was literally sliding everywhere and it kind of threw my progression off as I didn't get any better. The edges were also very sharp and the board just felt so foreign to me compared to the rentals. I would catch my edge sometimes and fall flat on my face.
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Then the second time I didn't fall but that's because as soon as we got off I pushed her LMFAOOO she went flying the other way as I boarded away like a boss.
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I have always hated heights but I am a thrill seeker which is kind of interesting. I even hate roller coasters and bitch through the whole line but once I am on them I love it and want to go on it again.

I have invested a lot of money into Snowboarding and I just want to hit the slopes every day! My only problem is I HATE heights and the declines on some of the trails freak me out. I just got over my fear of some of the bunny hills.

How similar are bunny hills and green trails like lets say sunbowl and coolmor at camelback. I also hate the lifts lol I always freak out on there to everyones amusement.

Any advice? tips?
As a fellow afraid of heights sufferer (I hate flying, roller coasters, rock climbing, looking out the windows from tall skyscrapers) I'll add my experiences.

My fear is pretty much absolute heights rather than relative heights. I can tolerate steep but short windy runs but very straight long black runs (where you can see the lodge ALLL the way at the bottom) still freak me out.

Some suggestions

1. Take lessons. I cannot stress this enough. Lessons will help you learn control, which is key in dealing with the fear. If you feel like you can control yourself you'll be less fearful
2. On chair lifts, look up. Don't look back, down, sideways. Talk to other people on the lift to distract yourself. Avoid really really old chairlifts if you can
3. Take it slowly. It'll take longer to progress since you have to overcome your fear, but it will come eventually. Don't get frustrated or angry, just keep plugging away
4. Try to look only a few feet in front of you. This may not apply to you depending on your exact fear, but it might help

Most of all, just keep on riding and don't worry about what anyone else says, or how fast they progress. Go at your own pace. The constant exposure will lessen the fear over time and as you improve you will be able to tackle longer and steeper runs.
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I have always hated heights but I am a thrill seeker which is kind of interesting. I even hate roller coasters and bitch through the whole line but once I am on them I love it and want to go on it again.

I have invested a lot of money into Snowboarding and I just want to hit the slopes every day! My only problem is I HATE heights and the declines on some of the trails freak me out. I just got over my fear of some of the bunny hills.

How similar are bunny hills and green trails like lets say sunbowl and coolmor at camelback. I also hate the lifts lol I always freak out on there to everyones amusement.

Any advice? tips?
ignore the xanax idea, you'll ride like a slug and hurt yourself lol.

In all seriousness though, maybe you have vertigo or a middle ear disfunction. I had something like this when I was younger and then had tubes put in my ears, ever since then until about 3 years ago, I've been fine. Now my ears are all screwed up again, and they dont know why. I still manage but get that weird feeling when looking down a diamond. So I focus on what is immediately in front of me, check my line, then quicker watch immediately in front of me and this seems to help a bit.
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