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post #21 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-24-2012, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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While I'm not as ancient as most of you guys (I'm 31 ) I can chime in here a bit. I was one of those kids in my teens playing around in the park, falling a lot but never breaking anything. Tried to get back into the park in my late 20's and was scared shitless about breaking something. I still prefer natural features but I ride with upper body armour, a helmet, and like to get some air now and again.

My favorite jumps are NOT table top or kicker style jumps. Those jumps you have to commit to. Easiest to learn on (mentally) is what I call a roller. Essentially a large bump in the hill, at low speeds you'll just ride up and over it. Go fast enough and you'll get some air, maybe skim a foot or two over the snow for 10 feet, then come to earth. As you get comfortable with that you can start pre-loading and popping off the jump and start getting a little more height, even at a lower speed.

Practice over the SAME JUMP again and again and again to get comfortable and confident with the approach, your air time, and landing. Attempting some type of grab will help stabilize you in the air, just reach for your toes and even if you don't grab it'll still help. Stand straight up in the air and it'll be arm flailing time!!!

Near the end of the year last year I found a natural jump at my local hill, setup a camera and started hiking. Ran the jump about 5-6 times before I was out of energy, but each time I got more and more comfortable in the air. I've been jumping for ages but it still felt great to have comfortable air time. After that I was at another hill a week or two later, found myself hitting things with more speed than before and more confidence in the air (no park stuff though).

Hope this helps, have fun, and pay up that insurance!!!

I notice your from the Calgary area. Me too. We should hit the slopes this winter and you can show me what being 9 years younger looks like on a board
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I'm 38 this year. Last year started learning to jump and will be working on spin this year. Going to head up to Woodard @ Copper for some indoor training session on tramps. Set some obtainable goals and don't move on to more difficult stuff unless the goal is reached. My .02cents.
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I notice your from the Calgary area. Me too. We should hit the slopes this winter and you can show me what being 9 years younger looks like on a board
Sounds good! PM me this fall... I've got a pass to Nakiska, Lake Louise and others, but not Sunshine. Happy to board any time!
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I'll be 40 next month. Started boarding about 3 years ago. I started riding the park this past season. I don't do anything beyond my capabilities...no matter how much my kids try to talk me into it.

I practiced by doing a lot of switch riding, 180's etc. as I'm riding down the mountain. I also did a lot of natural jumps before I moved to park jumps.

I prefer the natural stuff over park. I do love rollers but my home mountain (Mt. Spokane) never seems to have them and whoever builds their kickers is retarded.

I watch a TON of videos on youtube as well. It's a great resource.

bottom line...you're not too old.
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Who are some good instructors in the Denver area? Does anyone have experience here? I bought an epic local pass and I'll be hitting the mountain as much as possible. Just turned 30 and I want to be a better rider. I've never taken a lesson and I'm sure it shows.

Last year was my first after a 12 year hiatus. I simply want to be a very good rider and unafraid of most terrain. I'd like to learn how to handle small jumps/rails and butter down the mountain. I thought about the snowboardaddiction site but having someone to give feedback would be more beneficial I'm sure.

Thanks for any replies.
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Sounds good! PM me this fall... I've got a pass to Nakiska, Lake Louise and others, but not Sunshine. Happy to board any time!
I will be buying a Lake Louise Plus card to get a discount at Castle Mountain. I will tee up with U for my free day at Louise. Cheers!
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What kind of physical shape are you in? yes, us old dudes heal more slowly, but if you are still jacked and have good flexibility then you will be much less prone to to injury.

I have a pal who still looks like he did back in college (pretty cut) who has almost no problems throwing himself off of big jumps/rocks. The other skiers/riders in our group who are the same age but not in as good shape have to give such maneuvers much more careful thought.

For what its worth, i threw myself off of the same rock. Hurt my knee on the landing a little bit (note to self: do not do big drops unless you are sure the snow beneath has enough powder to properly cushion a landing), but it wasn't anything major and I was still good to ride the rest of the trip (though I did avoid huge drops after that)

The other guys (except for the rookie skier) were taller, fatter, and in worse shape than I was... so doing the same jump would have probably been bad news for them.

Read on another forum: "If someone held a gun to my head and said, "You have to move to Salida tomorrow", I'd probably do it. If they told me I had to go to Breckenridge instead, I think I'd just let them pull the trigger."
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What kind of physical shape are you in? yes, us old dudes heal more slowly, but if you are still jacked and have good flexibility then you will be much less prone to to injury.

I have a pal who still looks like he did back in college (pretty cut) who has almost no problems throwing himself off of big jumps/rocks. The other skiers/riders in our group who are the same age but not in as good shape have to give such maneuvers much more careful thought.

For what its worth, i threw myself off of the same rock. Hurt my knee on the landing a little bit (note to self: do not do big drops unless you are sure the snow beneath has enough powder to properly cushion a landing), but it wasn't anything major and I was still good to ride the rest of the trip (though I did avoid huge drops after that)

The other guys (except for the rookie skier) were taller, fatter, and in worse shape than I was... so doing the same jump would have probably been bad news for them.

Well I am in decent shape. In the last couple years I have went from 220 pounds down to 174. My quads and calfs are huge but my upper body certainly needs some work. Kind of scrawny. I am actually lifting weights for the first time ever prepping to hit the slopes.
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Hot Yoga

Hey Tarzanman. I think I am going to get back into hot yoga in order to stretch out and get some flexability. Your post gave me the idea.
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