Learn to steer with your front foot. This will allow you to avoid trees and other people who don't get to go as often such as yourself.
If you are renting gear, chances are the setup is not nearly as far off as your technique and body positioning.
Riding in the back seat is probably the number one technique that can cause you to become a statistic - especially if you can do it linking turns, this creates a massive sense of false confidence.
Ironically enough, steering and weighting your front foot at the proper times actually causes a massive sense of confidence and control. The only difference is committment. You already bought the plane ticket, lift ticket and all that other shit, learn to steer with your front foot before you shatter your spleen on a tree.
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Last edited by snowklinger; 09-18-2012 at 03:24 AM.