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Old 01-31-2013, 05:45 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Here's a first day experience for you. Got frustrated on what would be my last run. About 50ft from the bottom I just flat based it. I of coarse took of then caught my heel edge. I flew through the air face up and head first. Hit my head hard enough that I had to force myself to not pass out. As I come about my wits I go to release my bindings and realize my right arm won't move. Never went to the hospital but I'm pretty sure I broke my collar bone. My friend drove us back to his place because I drove in my 5-speed manual. I then drove home using my left hand to shift. Luckily this was a skill I already had from years of driving for a living. It took over a month to feel OK, almost year to be able to do a push up, and I still can't throw a football with out hurting it. 4 years later I'm still doing this idiotic sport and loving every second of it.

Oddly I never had trouble with getting off the lift. I always just stood evenly on the board, relaxed, and rode it out. Certainly check out all of Snowolf's videos and Free Learn to Snowboard Videos | SnowProfessor is what helped me the most in my technique.

By the way, if you ever mess up your ankle and need to drive home then here is what you do. Move the seat up then place the clutch pedal directly under your ankle. Not on the ball of your foot like normal. That will let you move the clutch with out really using your ankle. Once moving you can just float the gears like truckers do. Harder on a gas car but not unreasonable to do.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:09 AM   #42 (permalink)
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...Keep your balance or lean a little forward... and just ride straight out.

Keep your knees bent, even crouch a little if you have to.

If you ride straight.... you'll *eventually* come to a stop, because it always flattens out after you clear the lift.

Never panic... unless you're going to hit someone or something. If someone beside you bumps your board.. ride straight. If someone besides you crashes... ride straight. If there's a little kid ahead of you, or a giant metal bench... THEN you bail. If you can apply brakes, do it.. if not, just bail, being careful not to break your fall with your arms, tailbone, or skull (xD). Then cuss out the liftie for not doing his/her job to clear the ramp

Most crashes off the lift happen because people panic and lean back.
All good advice,.. seems like 95% of my lift crashes nowadays are because, riding solo, they keep putting me on full chairs with ALL skiers!! Those F'ers keep stepping on my board, sticking their poles in my bindings when they push off etc. They ride off just fine. "I" end up sprawled out in the snow!


...the remaining 5% is just me being a clumsy shit!!
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All good advice,.. seems like 95% of my lift crashes nowadays are because, riding solo, they keep putting me on full chairs with ALL skiers!! Those F'ers keep stepping on my board, sticking their poles in my bindings when they push off etc. They ride off just fine. "I" end up sprawled out in the snow!


...the remaining 5% is just me being a clumsy shit!!
I always get nervous when they put me on a lift with skiers. I don't know why, it seems they should be easier to unload with than other riders.
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I find it a lot easier to unload alongside skiiers as well. They can just shoot straight off so it gives me more room to adjust myself. Unloading off a full chair with all boarders however is usually a roll of the dice for me
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I always get nervous when they put me on a lift with skiers. I don't know why, it seems they should be easier to unload with than other riders.
You'd think so wouldn't you? But with other boarders,.. we all have to turn & get sideways to straighten out the boards, we all shift in the seat and basically do the same thing, not a lot of room to do that with a full lift of skiers!! Skiers just, "stand up". I'm OK with having skiers on the same lift if the chair isn't Full of 'em. Still leaves me some room to maneuver!

...of course that brings up my other "Pet Peeve" with skiers!!! We have one foot strapped in, we have to move about & "skate" sideways,.. it's awkward and easy to lose balance etc. ...and yet, I ALMOST NEVER BASH INTO SOMEONE ELSES SHIT IN THE LIFT LINE!!!!!!!

...F'ing skiers are basically WALKING, and somehow they can't keep their shit off my gear!!!!!!!!! They even have poles to steady themselves but they bash into me from behind in line all the F'ing time!!!! Kid's under 10-11 get a pass on this, but the GD adults????

...add this to when they keep dumping me at the top of the lift and I'm about ready to start knocking some people over!!!
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I find it a lot easier to unload alongside skiiers as well. They can just shoot straight off so it gives me more room to adjust myself. Unloading off a full chair with all boarders however is usually a roll of the dice for me
I was in a full chair with boarders who had literally been on the slopes maybe an hour?? Getting on I was sat on, and getting off...talk about bowling pins..Strike!
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I was in a full chair with boarders who had literally been on the slopes maybe an hour?? Getting on I was sat on, and getting off...talk about bowling pins..Strike!

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I was in a full chair with boarders who had literally been on the slopes maybe an hour?? Getting on I was sat on, and getting off...talk about bowling pins..Strike!

...Yeah, what I was referring to definitely doesn't apply to a full lift of NooB's!!
Congrat's on surviving that!!
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I will echo what everyone else is saying about getting off the lift with skiers. I always try to get on the outside edge of the lift for this very reason if there are skiers with me, just one less person to deal with.

My wife is actually the worst. I can't tell you how many times she's inadvertently tripped me up with one of her ski poles as she just pushes off and calmly skis away. Sometimes I wonder just how "accidental" it really is though, lol.
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I find it a lot easier to unload alongside skiiers as well. They can just shoot straight off so it gives me more room to adjust myself. Unloading off a full chair with all boarders however is usually a roll of the dice for me
Haha getting off a quad lift with 4 boarders who are all going different directions is a hilarious disaster waiting to happen. It happens every now and then even to my friends, I just make sure I'm not the one on my ass. Kill or be killed!
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