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.
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.