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Old 11-13-2010, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I'm Stephanie.
I feel like a dork for introducing myself, but anyways..
I have always wanted to snowboard but never got a chance to do it until about 2 years ago when my boyfriend took me up to the mountains. I live in greater Vancouver so it's pretty blasphemous to start riding at teh age of 20 but that's what happens when you have an over-paranoid mother as a kid. I've played sports all my life but now I'm becoming obsessed with snowboardig.

My friends say I've caught on incredibly quick (iunno?). I've gone about 9 or 10 times over two seasons and I can make it down the mountain pretty fast and pretty well.

But I gotta say... the lifts kill me. Getting off usually isn't a problem but I'm always so nervous I'm going to biff it - and sometimes I do, maybe it's a mental thing?
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Hi I'm Stephanie.
I feel like a dork for introducing myself, but anyways..
Don't worry about your age. I started just before my 52nd birthday, on Seymour. And yeah, getting off the lift is the snowboarder's nemesis. But it does come.

Also, I think Snowolf meant "try NOT to obsess about it..".
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U know what my problem on a chair lift is...Im afraid of heights. Ohh I can handle a gondola or tram type lift but the standard chair still gets me nervous the first ride of the day...
Bet you're overjoyed with windy days
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Looking far out toward the horizon and not looking down does help. The safety bar is also good for people with this fear.
Plus the whole time you were snow boarding, not one person fell off the lift correct. So it is safe, breath deeply and make small talk with your chair buddy. It will help to keep your mind off your anxiety.

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I have been snowboading for atleast 3 years. I am scared of heights but after awhile I get used to it, but it doesnt help when you have friends trying to push you off the lift, so now I ride the lifts by myself.
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get over it..

i say this in an endearing way lifts lead to powder.. or go get a snowmobile and watch your anxiety triple!
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I have been snowboading for atleast 3 years. I am scared of heights but after awhile I get used to it, but it doesnt help when you have friends trying to push you off the lift, so now I ride the lifts by myself.
punch him in the gut once and he'll know you are serious about not messing with you about/on the lift.

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I am not a fan of heights; lifts don`t bother me at all, but rock climbing ain't my thang. Have a buddy who likes to harass me about it. This summer, I found out that he is deathly afraid of snakes; all snakes not just the rattlers. Well, I fixed his ass. One evening on the river, I found several harmless Garter snakes and when he was not looking, threw them into the tent. I waited for him to turn in. Within minutes the screams began...... He has declared a total truce now about my fear of heights...
Your sick man.. you can't take a joke, screw you! lol... sorry I could see that giving me a heart attack
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If I did anything even vaguely resembling that to my wife (or anything involving snakes) you'd need a seance to talk to me.
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One thing that can help with Lift anxiety with getting off is to bone up on your boneless(riding with back foot loose). Find a nice mellow green run or practice area where they teach beginner students and try riding down it boneless. Start of by trying a simple traverse on toes and then on the heel side of the board. up the game by trying a j-turn(board point down the hill or an angle down the hill turning up the hill after a few feet. then try some s-turns. The stronger your boneless is the stronger you will be getting off the lift.

Don't worry about falling getting off the lift. We all end up doing it no matter what the skill level every once in a while.
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