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I have always hated heights but I am a thrill seeker which is kind of interesting. I even hate roller coasters and bitch through the whole line but once I am on them I love it and want to go on it again.

I have invested a lot of money into Snowboarding and I just want to hit the slopes every day! My only problem is I HATE heights and the declines on some of the trails freak me out. I just got over my fear of some of the bunny hills.

How similar are bunny hills and green trails like lets say sunbowl and coolmor at camelback. I also hate the lifts lol I always freak out on there to everyones amusement.

Any advice? tips?
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I have always hated heights but I am a thrill seeker which is kind of interesting. I even hate roller coasters and bitch through the whole line but once I am on them I love it and want to go on it again.

I have invested a lot of money into Snowboarding and I just want to hit the slopes every day! My only problem is I HATE heights and the declines on some of the trails freak me out. I just got over my fear of some of the bunny hills.

How similar are bunny hills and green trails like lets say sunbowl and coolmor at camelback. I also hate the lifts lol I always freak out on there to everyones amusement.

Any advice? tips?
If you're looking for a good first green to try after the bunny hills you mentioned at Camelback, I think the Laurel Glades one is probably a good first one to try. It is steeper than the bunny hills, but not by much. At the end, it funnels into Coolmor and is a short run (so if you start to freak out you'll be at the end and on a bunny hill sooner). I don't think that lift is all that high, either.

As for the lifts, don't look down haha. Really though, chat with the people on the lift, look around at eye-level if you need to look. Pull the chair bar down so you feel more secure in the chair.

It's funny for me because I'm cool with heights, except when at the edge of a straight drop cliff or roof (I get a little twinge of height perspective). It never occurred to me that being suspended on a moving chair at height could be frightening, until last season haha. I suppose I never gave it much thought because chair lift=getting to top of runs to ride. Maybe you can focus on that perspective? It's like a means to an end :)
 

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take a quick safety meeting and find your balls, the cold may have made them disappear into your stomach :)

thunder's idea is good, focus on the ground around you and not so far ahead, take it slow until you're comfortable
 

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Good tips in this thread I am going to try some of these on my next trip to camelback this coming weekend.

I wonder if going at night would help me? Also I think my fear is compounded by the fact that on my first time on a board my ex took me to a diamond trail. Needless to say my face took quite a beating right away.:D I walked down the rest of the way took me a good 20 minutes and I was still scared of the descent LOL:(
 

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Good tips in this thread I am going to try some of these on my next trip to camelback this coming weekend.

I wonder if going at night would help me? Also I think my fear is compounded by the fact that on my first time on a board my ex took me to a diamond trail. Needless to say my face took quite a beating right away.:D I walked down the rest of the way took me a good 20 minutes and I was still scared of the descent LOL:(
Idk...Camelback can get icy at night. If you start to freak out from pitch, you might encounter ice and that would be worse (since you might be tense). Also, visibilty is different, of course. You might feel more confident being able to see everything, including height.

Sorry to hear about your first time out.
 

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Where is the fear/anxiety coming from...perception/anticipatory anxiety or physical signals/symptoms? If its the former there is approximation, desensitization, imagining, hypnosis interventions. If its the latter something like learning diaphragmatic breathing, bio-feedback or a beta blocker medication can work really well. It might a bit confusing to sort out...but a backwards approach called...psychopharmacological diasection using a beta blocker could be an easy rule out/in approach or just try the diaphragmatic breathing first. Often using a combination of both approaches can work really well. Go see a professional if its that big of issue.
 

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I have always hated heights but I am a thrill seeker which is kind of interesting. I even hate roller coasters and bitch through the whole line but once I am on them I love it and want to go on it again.

I have invested a lot of money into Snowboarding and I just want to hit the slopes every day! My only problem is I HATE heights and the declines on some of the trails freak me out. I just got over my fear of some of the bunny hills.

How similar are bunny hills and green trails like lets say sunbowl and coolmor at camelback. I also hate the lifts lol I always freak out on there to everyones amusement.

Any advice? tips?
I'm like you, I hate heights. The incline on the slopes usually doesn't bother me unless it's really steep but lifts are the bane of my existence and so are planes. Hell, I even hate elevators.

But I found that the more I went, the more comfortable I was. It may take a while but you'll eventually get used to it.
 

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I don't think that this fear is all that uncommon even among,.. as you put it, "Thrill Seekers"!

I'm scared shitless of heights, yet I do Love to do some rock climbing! Top rope, bouldering, and LOVE rappelling!! But I'm fuckin' paralyzed up on a ladder! I did Roofing in S.Cal. for 5 years after getting out of the service. Used to climb 2-3 stories up 'n' over the back of the forklift to get up on the roof. But standing at the edge, made me freak!

My first 5 or 6 rides up the high speed @ boyne, I nearly shit myself cuz NOBODY was putting the freakin' bar down! Not even little kids!!! All I could think about was how many bones were going to shatter if I slipped or fell off this thing! And near as I can tell,.. Boynes lift ain't SHIT compared to some of the lifts in places out west that I'm dyin' to get to! But you know,.. after the first 2 or 3 dozen rides, I don't even notice it anymore!!! If it stalls, I light a smoke & enjoy the scenery! (...for about 3 min. then I'm screaming 'n hollerin' that they're wasting my ride time!!!) ;)

As for the steeps,.. so far nothing I've been on in MI. has been high or steep enough to freak me just by looking down it. Now RIDING down it, that's a whole other type of (mostly newbie, not got the skills kind of) "Freaked"!!!! :D

You seem committed enough to the sport to keep at it, So I'm sure time & experience will get you past the fear.
 

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big fan of what mdp said

make that fear your bitch


try skydiving this spring - "the most fun you can have with your clothes on" - its hard not to conquer the fear when you are standing on a small piece of landing gear at 12,000 ft
 

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My buddy is afraid of heights, but declines/drops don't bother him.. and you won't see him getting big air on purpose.
He just says you get used to it over time, he's been skiing for thirty years and still hates chairlifts, but he is confident enough to go down steep no fall zones.

I've been skydiving a few times, I thought it would be really fun.. afterwords I felt like it was an epic waste of money, I'd had way bigger rushes Snowboarding/Mountain Biking for sure. I think it's stupid. I went on two tandems from 15K, and once alone.. I mean it's fun for 45-70 seconds, and that's about it..
If I ever get roped into going again I'm going to eat some shrooms or take acid before hand. maybe it would be a little more exciting..
 

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i dont get how you can be afraid of heights...you are still on the ground, and unless you jump, you never leave the ground. Even more confusing to me is how you can be afraid of the bunny hills/ green runs. they are practically flat anyway. the slope is about 9 degrees. Unless you start hitting 40 degree black diamonds on a super icy day you wont fall and keep falling, you can always stop. there is no "height" involved at your level. so just forget about it completely. just do it and dont think about it, because there is nothing to worry about
 

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just go for it my second day riding 3 years ago my freind made me drop in on a black diamond and bam all my fear was gone now i rip down the mountain at mach speeds as for the lift when you unload dont try to stop right away ride it out a ways and dig you heel into the ground
 

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On a similar note, my wife has a totally irrational fear of snakes. Not a healthy, natural fear of venomous ones, a total freak out over the top reaction to even a harmless garter snake. I have a screen saver of the desert southwest and one of the pictures is a huge coiled up Western Diamondback. That screen saver came up and she literally freaked out and jumped away from the computer. I have tried to "desensitize" her by exposing her to snakes but had to give this up as my food began to have a strange almond taste that brought on a strange tiredness......
What did she think of the NS Cobra in the house?
 
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