Ummmm Kirkwood was a trip from HELL. I never got to Kirkwood. Friend and I decided to try the ski bus so we can sleep/rest then ride. OMG, that was 2 weeks ago when they have that bad bad storm, the bus said they may detour to sugarbowl, but decided to go to kirkwood. They were about 45 minutes away and said 88 was closed, and decided to go Sugarbowl which was 2 hours away. Took forever to get to 80, and the traffic was like a parking lot, not moving. We were 30 miles away from sugarbowl and it was already 11:45, the tour guide called and the estimated time to get there was 2 hours... wtf?!? And everyone decided to turn around. So I sat on the bus from 5am to 5pm, paid $45 and got zero riding time!!
Wow, that sucks
Although I wonder what the bus company was thinking. Why didn't they go to Sierra or Heavenly? Sugarbowl is clear on the other side of the lake o_O
Coco, how long did it take you to get comfy with blues? Are you familiar with northstar? I'm comfortable with almost all the blues except that Ax Handle run... i stop at the crest every single time and just cannot turn. And I know the runs at North stars are really over rated too ....
I've been to Northstar twice I think, but I'm not super familiar with it. The runs are a bit easier, but I don't think their blacks are blues, or blues are greens. Basically their blues are easy blues, and blacks are easy blacks. Mostly I guess they call it Flatstar because there aren't any double black "OMG I'M GONNA DIE" runs there.
Also, many of the runs I went on, it was short steep sections connected by long gentle slopes. I think if you can do a blue at Northstar you can do a blue anywhere.
How long it took for me to be comfy with blues... well I think everyone learns differently and they learn at their own pace. It took me like *FIVE SEASONS* before I could confidently say "I can link turns," granted I wasn't very serious and I wasn't going very often. The first time I hit a blue was at the end of last season, so I guess it took me 1 season, about 7-8 days on snow, before I could say that I was super comfy on blues.
In comparison, I've been going with a friend, and he's starting to link turns well after 3 days.
I guess what really helps is to take lessons or ride with other people who are more experienced. They can tell you what you're doing wrong and give you tips.
I also practiced for blues by doing greens aggressively, working up speed, doing quick, sharp turns...