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it would help to get a stop pad for your back foot

when you are about to get off the lift relax and dont think about it to much if you fall while getting off the lift, it happens you are still learning.

practice boarding with one food out of the binding so you get used to the feeling

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Thanks so much for all the tips and suggestions, everybody!

@lonerider: Would it be wrong to stand up on the flat part and keep the back-hand lightly touching against the seat so that the board and I would be pushed off..? 'Cause that was what I was trying to get at, standing up soon-ish once my board hits the platform, but then the platforms at Mt. Rose are quite short anyway so I can never seem to find my balance before going down the ramp.. =/ And so far, I've been learning at Mt. Rose in Reno. I've been to Big Bear in SoCal once, and their unloading areas were a lot nicer for me. xD
Imagine pushing a computer chair across the room by the seat back with only one hand... not so easy to keep it going in a straight line and keep it from spinning around, right?

That's what is happening to you if you try to use your backhand to let the chair push you across the flat section at the top of the lift - you will have a tendency to push off-angle and get twisted around and off-balance over time.

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OFF TOPIC: For that starting shot, what was the POV/Camera Setup. I just ordered a Hero 2 Outdoor Addition from THRYLL and I REALLY like that shot. Could you take a pic of the setup or something please?! Thanks!


NOWW: Back on topic.
I found putting more weight on the FRONT binding helps with strait balance. I usually do that, then at the bottom use my heel to slow and skate over to sit and strap in. Mental fear is just about practice and getting used to the situation.
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man up, but could be difficult without testes.
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... I really don't want to blow out my knees, I'm too accident-prone.
I wear these under my snowpants: http://www.amazon.com/Mizuno-Volleyb...dp/B000KENA9Y/

They take the sting off of falling on my knees, and were key in helping me get over any mental fear of landing on my knees.

$12 well spent.

btw...put a stomp pad just medial to your rear binding and keep your weight on your lead foot too!
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OFF TOPIC: For that starting shot, what was the POV/Camera Setup. I just ordered a Hero 2 Outdoor Addition from THRYLL and I REALLY like that shot. Could you take a pic of the setup or something please?! Thanks!
it was just a regular rounded 3m sticky mount on top of my helmet, I was looking down on my board for a few seconds there. have fun filming, its addicting.

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haha ok. Thanks!
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I have one of those Dakine stomp pads that are ridiculously spiky, but if you're still sitting on your back butt cheek with your board tip facing forward (and up), your back leg wouldn't really line up with the stomp pad.. Which means that essentially, getting off the lift generally involves standing up with the foot on the stomp pad while being pushed by the chair on the back leg...?? And this all happens simultaneously, yes? O.O!

@Jaa - I have the exact same pair of knee pads!!
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You ride the lift with anyone you know? Whenever I ride with someone who's new Ill let them grab onto my extended arm off the chairlift builds their confidence.

Best advice I got was simple. Lean forward. Seemed to work for me. Weight over the front foot.
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Look at the horizon...way off in the distance as if merely gazing at the lovely mtns...to help you stand taller with back straight and knees slightly bent, be more relaxed, you might even try putting your rear foot right up behind your back binding. Thinking about being in a netural position and bouncing on your knees...find a flat spot, stand on the board with front foot strapped in and kind of loosely bounce in your knees in a relaxed manner...that's the feeling you want when going down the ramp. Then go straight down the ramp, burn off some speed then slightly weight (it doesn't take much weighting) an edge to turn.
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