I'm 33 and got started way too late, with this being my 2nd season. You guys have had some nice goals and accomplishments. I hope to conquer some of those next season- like 25 footers and 3s. I have had some good accomplishments so far. I'd say the best thing I've picked up this season is having a really good feel for my board. How to use different amounts of pressure in different areas on my board to use all over the mountain.
Rode my my first boxes this year, although they have all been flat, it has been easier than I thought it would be.
Took my first jumps regular and switch- off small park jumps (10' and smaller table tops) and natural hits. And I improved my straight airs through out the season. I can now easily and without hesitation clear those 10 footers with some decent height. And last time out started throwing in some shiftys. I've landed a few sloppy 180s FS and BS. I can do decent looking 180s off natural side hits, just haven't been able to apply that to the park jumps yet- 130s only work on soft landings
I still would like to throw down solid 180s before this season is over, and start trying some grabs. Also discovered when I know I don't have enough speed for a jump, its best to not try it anyway, knuckle landings hurt.
Forced myself to start learning switch by helping a friend learn to snowboard. Now I try it a lot on various terrain and conditions. Got it down to skidded / scarves on greens for the most part, and getting better with the skidded on blues.
Turn improvement- went from skidded to scarves to a decent beginning true carve on the groomers, but still with a big radius. Along with this turn improvement I upped my comfortability and turning on steeper blacks. Learning different un-weighting techniques and fore and aft shifts during my turns really helped a lot.
Still got a lot to try before the season ends. Hopefully this late winter in the Sierra continues. Looks like possibly 2 more feet coming in this weekend
Nice scenes on that Heli you tube vid. I won't be trying the trick at the 2:30 mark. Half-backflips to 50-50 face slides aren't my thing.