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Old 03-22-2012, 09:44 AM   #21 (permalink)
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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.

Ridden 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
Hey nice work, your doing well for your 2nd season. I think what your doing is perfect, just keep hitting side hits and small park jumps, doing shifties and working on a bunch of grabs is really key to board control and riding switch as well... your doing all the right things! As for 180's only coming around to 130, your either taking off flat or not commiting. Try a very gentle carve up the transition and you should get it around.

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Old 03-22-2012, 10:06 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Yeah I didn't go down any "bad paths" per se but I definitely made some choices that I would do differently, and my priorities definitely were not in the right place. YOu can't change it, and I don't regret it, but I definitely would be very different if - as the saying goes - I knew then what I know now.


It's the awareness and the failure to commit for me> I fail to commit because I'm scared because I got hurt and because I'm not comfortable. HOping the foam pit solves that. I know I can spin. Used to inline a lot back in the '90s and could throw 5's with ease and huck 7's over gaps and stuff. The mechanics on a board are quite a bit different, but I think conceptually it is similar.



we'll see if I get the balls to take it on snow. pretty sure I will try a few in the foam though I'll get video if I can
I gotta join you guys at Misfits this summer.
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I'm 35, this was my second season.

My goals were;

Ride blacks confidently.
Dip into park riding.
Get my board off the snow.
Ride switch.


I'm happy with my results for the most part.

I ride all the runs that look fun without looking at the signs now and it doesn't matter if they're black. It's awesome being able to ride every run a resort has to offer (it's only Michigan so...)

Park riding could have been better had a snowpark opened like I expected it to this season. Right now I'm limited to ride-on features and 50-50's. Late in the season I was working on boardslides but the park near me shut down super early and I didn't get a chance to nail it.

Nailed my goal of getting the board off the snow. At the end of the season I was hitting straight airs of big (for me) jumps. I don't know the size of the jumps, I just know they were big for the resorts I was riding. Not the little ramps you see here and there. Next season I'll work on grabs and whatever but man I love that airtime feeling.

Switch. Man I was a lazy bish this season in this area. Learning switch is work and I never wanted to work when I could be doing something fun. I eventually did start working on my switch when I was riding with new people (so we could still have fun together). I was able to do cone runs, weaving in and out of cones. Still felt freaky but I'll keep working on it next season.
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I had a really simple goals this year. This being my first year on a board and not skis, goals were basic.

1. Learn to link turns and not fall on your butt
2. Get comfortable on East Coast blacks so I can board with my expert skier fiance
3. Learn to carve
4. Stretch goals: Down unweight and dynamic turns

The basics happened by the end of January. I didn't get 3 and 4 accomplished until a trip to Killington the first week of March due to an incredibly bad winter out East.
Congrats! Always nice to meet your goals!
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I'm 35, this was my second season.

I ride all the runs that look fun without looking at the signs now and it doesn't matter if they're black. It's awesome being able to ride every run a resort has to offer (it's only Michigan so...)

I think this was your biggest achievement, nice work! This really is the key to your other goals. Most people underestimate the value of just riding the mountain. Ride it hard and pop 180's off everything its really fun and a great way to ride switch/reg back and forth... great way to practice the four basic 1's also.
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It's awesome being able to ride every run a resort has to offer (it's only Michigan so...)
People poo-poo the midwest but I don't give it too much thought.

95% of the time the only difference on a bigger mountain is that the bigger mountain is bigger. That's it. Sure, you can get yourself in some pretty gnarly situations that you'll never see in the midwest or mid-atlantic... ("Danger, cliff drop area!") and the off-piste stuff is more tech, but most of the in-bounds blacks out west are a similar grade to blacks around here, often they are more moguled, but they also tend to be wider.

TLDR if you can ride icy blacks in the midwest you can ride just about anything. It is only a question of whether you are conditioned well enough to work yourself that hard for 3000 vert instead of 300.
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People poo-poo the midwest but I don't give it too much thought.

95% of the time the only difference on a bigger mountain is that the bigger mountain is bigger. That's it. Sure, you can get yourself in some pretty gnarly situations that you'll never see in the midwest or mid-atlantic... ("Danger, cliff drop area!") and the off-piste stuff is more tech, but most of the in-bounds blacks out west are a similar grade to blacks around here, often they are more moguled, but they also tend to be wider.

TLDR if you can ride icy blacks in the midwest you can ride just about anything. It is only a question of whether you are conditioned well enough to work yourself that hard for 3000 vert instead of 300.
Yeah, I edited it with the Michigan disclaimer with big cliff drops in mind. I didn't want to have to deal with some smartass calling me on it.
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People poo-poo the midwest but I don't give it too much thought.

95% of the time the only difference on a bigger mountain is that the bigger mountain is bigger. That's it. Sure, you can get yourself in some pretty gnarly situations that you'll never see in the midwest or mid-atlantic... ("Danger, cliff drop area!") and the off-piste stuff is more tech, but most of the in-bounds blacks out west are a similar grade to blacks around here, often they are more moguled, but they also tend to be wider.

TLDR if you can ride icy blacks in the midwest you can ride just about anything. It is only a question of whether you are conditioned well enough to work yourself that hard for 3000 vert instead of 300.
oh and I get more worn out strapping in, skating and riding long flats than I do anything else.
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Hey nice work, your doing well for your 2nd season. I think what your doing is perfect, just keep hitting side hits and small park jumps, doing shifties and working on a bunch of grabs is really key to board control and riding switch as well... your doing all the right things! As for 180's only coming around to 130, your either taking off flat or not commiting. Try a very gentle carve up the transition and you should get it around.
Thanks. I try push myself as much as possible with the limited number of days I get on the mtn.

180s off the park jumps is absolutely about the mental commitment for me. I know it, and keep letting it get to me. I think I need to do a better job of spotting the landing and just let it happen. Everything goes so fast when I attempt, but during straight airs everything is slow. Just gotta sack up.
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I'm 27 and this was my 2nd season.

This year my goal was simple. Get complete comfort on my board in every condition available. I made sure to get out on icy days and ride the whole time. I sought out side hits and stashes of powder to get a feeling for changing conditions. I started learning switch and hitting jumps/natural features. I pushed myself to go a *little* faster on uneven terrain.

I also pushed myself on my top speed. This was my main focus. At the beginning of the season, I'd really freak out over steep blacks and would sideslip down when I was uncomfortable. Now, I'm much like Sabatoa...I don't even look at trail signs anymore. I look forward to the challenge and often try to find trails off the beaten path.

By the end of the season, I used ski tracks to clock myself at 50.2 MPH. 10 seconds after I recorded it, I wiped out. ~45 MPH and landed on my head. Thank god for helmets. I won't be going near that fast on a normal basis, but it's nice to know that it can be done.

Next winter is going to be huge for me. Big vibes to Ullr for a major dumper in November/December.
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