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Old 01-12-2013, 10:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I went up the resort for the 4th time today. I did 3 lessons, then today got my season pass...because it was a special deal and I only had to pay $65.

I have had high hopes. I keep reading about people who took one lesson or no lessons and were carving down the mountain by day 2. This is not me.

I seem to be an uncoordinated clutz. I cant even make it down the kiddie bunny hill. I get up there, I get going down.....and then nothing wants to work. I catch an edge, or I lose my balance, or I start spinning around as I am heading down the hill like a freakish helicopter.

Today I had my first really scary fall. I tweaked my ankle, slammed my head into the ground, and just generally messed up my back. After 4 weeks I am covered in bruises. There is a 12 inch section of each leg that is just black and blue (centered around the knee). I have bruises on my behind, on my arms. I am a mess.

So the questions are.....did you ever think of giving up? Did any of you have this hard of a time learning and then end up actually progressing beyond the point of a mentally disabled circus animal? Are you sure anyone can learn...or should some of us just realize we are hopeless and then cry over the obscene amount of money they have already spent on this?

Ok...so maybe I am just cranky and want to bitch. But I am actually sort of serious with the questions.
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I would say if you are having fun, youre gonna get it dialed in eventually.


Now go break a leg! (not literally)
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Never thought about giving up. Just had to admit I got pretty upset after a bad fall, due to the shear pain of it and also the bummer in confidence. Guess my feelings not much different to many people. Got up, forgot about it and moved on again haha.

Maybe a bit off topic to your real concern here. Your $65 season pass is one super deal. A two-day pass for me already exceeds $65. How many slopes does your resort offer?
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What is the issue? Catching toe edges? Catching heel edges?

What kinda board are you riding? Cambered, rockered, some mix of both? What boots?
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Hopefully its just that early part of the learning curve which im sure it is. Its just like learning other skills you may be frustrated at first but once you get the hang of it a little more your enjoyment will double. Once you get your carving down you wont look back.
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Never thought about giving up. Just had to admit I got pretty upset after a bad fall, due to the shear pain of it and also the bummer in confidence. Guess my feelings not much different to many people. Got up, forgot about it and moved on again haha.

Maybe a bit off topic to your real concern here. Your $65 season pass is one super deal. A two-day pass for me already exceeds $65. How many slopes does your resort offer?
I got the $65 deal because I had already paid for 3 lessons. First lesson was 65, second and third were $50 each. Then today I got he pass for $65.

It is for China Peak ski resort in California. Not sure of the number of runs. But it can keep my husband and his board buddies busy for the day.
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For pete sakes gang, would somebody who knows what the hell they are doing volunteer to meet up with Jennifer and her hubbya and teach them how to shred?
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I actually think it's easier to learn to snowboard on a hill with some slope (most bunny hills I've seen have almost no slope). You do need some speed to be able to get up on your edges and slide...

Have you thought about body armor?!? That's not a joke by the way I ride with it all the time.
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I know this is more money but if you are finding it hard to learn you should get some protective gear if you haven't already got some. Such at impact shorts.
this will give you more confidence and stop you from hurting yourself badly. Allowing you to have more fun learning. don't. give. up.. Thats the easy option
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I got the $65 deal because I had already paid for 3 lessons. First lesson was 65, second and third were $50 each. Then today I got he pass for $65.

It is for China Peak ski resort in California. Not sure of the number of runs. But it can keep my husband and his board buddies busy for the day.
Thanks. Very interesting how you got your $65 pass after 3 lessons. Makes me wonder if you know the management people to get the unbeatable deal. I am already envying haha.

China Peak ...... in California ...... very intriguing. Is it a Chinese facility?
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