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Old 01-24-2012, 07:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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?
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When on those trails that look like a cliff, don't look so far ahead. Focus on like a good ten yards ahead and that's it.
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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?
If you're looking for a good first green to try after the bunny hills you mentioned at Camelback, I think the Laurel Glades one is probably a good first one to try. It is steeper than the bunny hills, but not by much. At the end, it funnels into Coolmor and is a short run (so if you start to freak out you'll be at the end and on a bunny hill sooner). I don't think that lift is all that high, either.

As for the lifts, don't look down haha. Really though, chat with the people on the lift, look around at eye-level if you need to look. Pull the chair bar down so you feel more secure in the chair.

It's funny for me because I'm cool with heights, except when at the edge of a straight drop cliff or roof (I get a little twinge of height perspective). It never occurred to me that being suspended on a moving chair at height could be frightening, until last season haha. I suppose I never gave it much thought because chair lift=getting to top of runs to ride. Maybe you can focus on that perspective? It's like a means to an end
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take a quick safety meeting and find your balls, the cold may have made them disappear into your stomach

thunder's idea is good, focus on the ground around you and not so far ahead, take it slow until you're comfortable
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Good tips in this thread I am going to try some of these on my next trip to camelback this coming weekend.

I wonder if going at night would help me? Also I think my fear is compounded by the fact that on my first time on a board my ex took me to a diamond trail. Needless to say my face took quite a beating right away. I walked down the rest of the way took me a good 20 minutes and I was still scared of the descent LOL
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Good tips in this thread I am going to try some of these on my next trip to camelback this coming weekend.

I wonder if going at night would help me? Also I think my fear is compounded by the fact that on my first time on a board my ex took me to a diamond trail. Needless to say my face took quite a beating right away. I walked down the rest of the way took me a good 20 minutes and I was still scared of the descent LOL
Idk...Camelback can get icy at night. If you start to freak out from pitch, you might encounter ice and that would be worse (since you might be tense). Also, visibilty is different, of course. You might feel more confident being able to see everything, including height.

Sorry to hear about your first time out.
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Where is the fear/anxiety coming from...perception/anticipatory anxiety or physical signals/symptoms? If its the former there is approximation, desensitization, imagining, hypnosis interventions. If its the latter something like learning diaphragmatic breathing, bio-feedback or a beta blocker medication can work really well. It might a bit confusing to sort out...but a backwards approach called...psychopharmacological diasection using a beta blocker could be an easy rule out/in approach or just try the diaphragmatic breathing first. Often using a combination of both approaches can work really well. Go see a professional if its that big of issue.
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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?
I'm like you, I hate heights. The incline on the slopes usually doesn't bother me unless it's really steep but lifts are the bane of my existence and so are planes. Hell, I even hate elevators.

But I found that the more I went, the more comfortable I was. It may take a while but you'll eventually get used to it.
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Once you become a competent rider, maybe try park? Less steep, equal thrills.
But don't go into the park until you're riding at least an intermediate level.
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