I went to squaw valley this past weekend, honestly, I don't know why I'm still trying when I still fall on my ass this much, I've already tried it 5 times, most people would've gotten it by now!! But i love it so much I'll keep trying!
So, Squaw is a huge huge resort. I looked at the map, and there were only 2-3 extremely short green runs. Friend and I did night boarding, and I was nearly in tears. We did a few green runs together, and he wanted to take the green run all the way down to the village. He's a skier. Does NOT understand what flat bowl or flat cat track means to a beginner snowboarder. I got stuck because I often speed check myself since I'm still learning and really afraid of speed. He kept yelling at me not to loose my momentum or else I'll get stuck. I did. So did a alot of other snowboarders (they were like monkeys moving their board with their hands on the snow!!). I was so frustrated i had to unstrap and walk till there's a slope. I gave up mid way and went onto a chairlift that I THOUGHT would take me back where I came from. WRONG!! It took us up to a blue run. Friend was asking the lift operator where it was going, turned around and I was on the lift chair, and he yelled at me for getting onto a lift that I didn't know where I was going for the ENTIRE ride. I know i was wrong, but I really was very stressed out at that point. We went down fine.
2nd day: (Seriously, I'm considering dumping him as a friend, i've never been this stressed and pressured). He insist that I should try some blue runs. I did, while I am not so afraid of the steep slopes anymore, but it does nothing to help with my technique. I cannot get myself to do toe side turn when it's steep. But the nice thing about squaw's blue run is that they are REALLY long, and parts of them are gentle enough that allowed me to practice linking my turns. I can do them alot better now, but as soon as it gets steep, or have uneven surface, I get scared.
Cat tracks: I don't understand why there are so many of them at squaw. I tried really hard to remember what snowolf said about cat tracks but it was just too hard. On my left side, it was a freakn cliff. Unfortunately, since I ride goofy, my week side (toe side) is on my left. I need ALOT of space to make my turn, and if i don't make my turn shallow enough, i'll freakn slip down the slope! Gave up and just falling leaf down.
At one of those cat tracks, I was actually able to do very shallow turns, but then had a brain lapse and bam, caught a heel edge on my toe side turn.
So some of my observation about my riding and my frustrations:
I'm definately feeling the toe side ALOT better now. But when i link turns, i feel like it's not a natural thing to me. Every step i do, i have to think. I basically go through what snowolf tells me, the whole sequence.
However, when the terrain is gentle, i can really feel the torsion of the board when I control my turns with my front foot. I love that feeling.
I felt like my heel side is fast and I generally have no problem transitioning from toe side to heel side. but Toe side is so hard...
How I usually eat shit:
When i was tired, not paying attention to details, forgot to have my board flat and catch a heel edge while doing a toeside turn, fell on hard packed ice, I cannot bring myself to attempt another turn
I rarely fall when i'm on my heel edge initiating a toe side turn. It is the process of the turn, either catching an edge trying to complete the turn , or after the turn is completed, I try to initate the heel turn but neglecting to make sure my board is flat.
Will i ever freakn get this??