What the hay?!
Okay, so I went out today, and it was really the tale two snowboarders.
The first part of my day wasn't too bad. It was hairy at first, still some falling, but then it clicked. I was making it down greens without falling, doing okay turns, still speed checking a little but over all not too bad. Even decided to try some blues. A little more falling leaf than I'd have liked, but I made it down unscathed. I was starting to get the hang of it, or so I thought.....
This resort(Jack Frost) closes at 4, but their sister resort about ten minutes away will honor your lift tickets, since I was feeling good about my progress and had the confidence of a million newbs wrapped int one newb, I decided I wasn't done yet and headed over.
I took the lift up(which isn't marked at all to inform you what terrain you'll find at the top) hoping I wasn't on the wrong lift about to be led to a triple black diamond of death and despair. I was relieved to find some blues and greens at top.
I was not too crazy about the conditions though. What had been slightly slushy snow at the bottom, was ice at the top. Looking down, I noticed this was a longer and steeper run than any green I had ever ridden, almost more like the blue I attempted at JF. But I had just met a nice couple who were about to go on their first run ever, and asked if it would be okay if they followed me, so they could see how it's done. So we proceeded down the "beginner hill"(I warned them that I'm not that good, but since I was starting to get the hang of it, I was probably their best bet on that hill atm), and it was choppy. I started off showing them falling leaf, just in case they got overwhelmed on the actual run, and down we went. I did awful, but I figured it was mostly because I was trying to basically give a lesson on the way down, which broke my concentration enough.
Next run, I couldn't stay standing to save my life. I was wiping out every which way, like I had never been on a snowboard before! I took another run, and got so frustrated I unstrapped and did the "walk of shame" down the ungroomed area on the side. I took a break, had some overpriced shitty food for dinner, and decided to go back up for another run. I found my new friends at the top(they didn't break with me), and we tried going down another one of the greens. Same thing, like I had never been on a snowboard before.
Is this normal? Do beginners have peaks and valleys THIS extreme? I can expect a little regression at times, but to go from being about ready to start hitting blues, to almost like I'd never snowboarded before? Was it a fatigue thing maybe? The icy conditions? The fact that I thought the slope was a bit more like a blue, which may have sapped my confidence? A combination of all these maybe?