Pnw...you are getting way ahead of your self. Get the basics of confidently linking turns on greens/blues, abit of bombing through the flats and on cats, get your body alignment, mechanics and coordination down. I say get it together to do the small things efficiently, e.g., exiting the ramp, strapin without sitting, skating and gliding 1 footy and your terrain sight reading. Because after you get that down, then you will have a plateau phase where then you will need to find some folks that will challenge you to keep up...by mobbing around. But currently, don't worry about open/closed s turns, fall lines and transitions while going up hill. Progression is not a smooth trajectory, the best thing to do now is to ride at every opportunity.
It sounds like you are a visual learner but alot of boarding...especially in the pnw because of the poor vis, the variable terrain and conditions...is by feel. When I was learning at Baker, it was like omfg I want some place with big open mellow smooth runs where I can see...not this chopped up narrow shit where you cant see.
Last edited by wrathfuldeity; 03-29-2012 at 05:33 PM.