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Old 02-07-2012, 04:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Most people think that by the time they can link turns they are intermediate. Its kind of the same thing as thinking that because you are linking skidded turns, you are "carving down the mountain".....eh wrong!
Some hot shot on TGR said that snowboarding was easy because after only 15 days of riding he had mastered it. Upon further questioning I discovered that to him "mastering" snowboarding just meant linking turns. No switch, no park, no jumping, no tricks, no backcountry...just linking turns. Ha, a true Master!
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:17 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm sure there are plenty of others out there, but most people don't like to be called a noob, so they over sell themselves.

I'm a noob, but a noob with a 12 inch penis.
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:35 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Define beginner, intermediate, advanced, expert??? For the courses done at Fernie, they offer 5 levels. My girlfriend has been boarding for 2 years now and she matches up pretty well with Snowolfs description of an intermediate (she's on blue's all day, exploring some blacks, comfortable in moderate off-piste, trying out switch, small jumps, etc.)

According to the instructer she had last time, she was a level 4 (signed up for level 3 and they moved her up into the next group)...

I would say the border between intermediate and advanced/expert is when you feel comfortable approaching a lip at speed, throwing yourself off the lip (insert whatever grab/trick/etc. while airborn) and then landing right back into short sharp carves, etc.

Expert would be comfortably handling Black/Double Black off-piste terrain. I saw a cliff at Lake Louise a couple weekends ago that actually made my heart jump. First time in a while I've looked at something and said "I don't know if I'd want to go down that"!


This reminds me, it was a bluebird day at nakiska Sunday. No fresh powder so I hit the groomers and did some carving. I went under the chair most of the run so I could see my tracks, and they're actually not what I expected! I've got to pull a picture up (took some from the lift) but instead of a continuous "s" I actually had distinct "C"s with a very clear 1-2' gap where I transitioned between edges. I wasn't specifically jump turning, just doing short quick carves from edge to edge and back... The board must just have that much pop that it floats for a second when my weight isn't on it. I'll dig up a pic if anybody cares...
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:40 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I think the levels of progression are dumb. The intermediate level is way to nice. I would consider someone who has complete control and doesn't fall unless they are doing some freestyle stuff would be an intermediate. I can do grabbed 360s and can bomb any run and do the simple jibs with boardslides. I can pretty much hit any jump and at least do a grab. I would consider myself at the upper end of intermediate. According to this scale though it seems I would be higher and I really don't think I am.
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:58 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I dunno, seems to me like a lot of people come here for help on some beginner stuff

Where is all this claiming going on?
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:04 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I'm a beginner/Intermediate. Steeps still scare me. I still fall sometimes when on completely new/unpredictable terrain. Could get more comfortable with speed. Also being from the Northeast, I'm sure my Intermediate level is even lower than West.
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:06 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I'm a noob, but a noob with a 12 inch penis.
Also, I think that it's silly to be called intermediate/advanced. If you need help, just state what you can do and what you want to do.
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:06 PM   #18 (permalink)
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The fact that it "bugs" you tells me you need to worry about more important things in life like global warming, war and the economy.... Seriously though, I get this all of the time as an instructor. You get the guy who shows up for a park lesson or a blue intermediate lesson and he claims to be a godd intermediate rider only to discover he has never made a toeside turn.....

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Old 02-07-2012, 05:29 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I see plenty of beginners on this site, where have you been?

Plenty of guys here that live near resorts and ride/post everyday too..

What's the big deal?
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Also being from the Northeast, I'm sure my Intermediate level is even lower than West.
That's another part of the problem...run categorization. A blue run around here would be a green in real mountains. A black around here is a black only because it narrows for 50 yards or has one short steep pitch.

So...if you can get down an Eastern Black with a lot of side-slipping and the occasional pucker-inducing turn, you're probably going to consider yourself an intermediate rider.
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