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I went down a very short black diamond last week! Well, I didn't know it was a black diamond (seriously, very short, but still!!). I still have one paid group lesson left at this mountain so I had to use it this past weekend before the mountain closes, luckily, I was the only one at level 4/5/6, so I got a 2.5hr private lesson for $50!

After a few warm up runs, said instructor took me up the mountain and said we'll go down a few slightly steeper blues, but he said he has total confidence that I can do it.... so we went. I looked at the slope under the chair lift, and ask him "are you serious, this looks kinda steep?", he said it was fine and so I went. He went down first and tell me to "traverse", now "turn"! With someone encouraging me, I made it down fine! (Well, i did fell when I panicked and put my weight on my back leg and instead of just fall and sit down, i slide down for a bit!!)

After we got to the the bottom of that area, he said "congrats, you just did your first black diamond, see how steep that beast was?" pointing his finger back up.

What's your story?
 

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First time we did a double black was accidental when we were learning to board years ago... that particular line only has a sign up top of the drop, and not midway where we merged into the line from a blue... anyways, my skier buddy had to take the skis off, and I tried plowing all the way down but even breaking I was travelling faster on the ice then I did normally on blues... almost flew off the edge into the trees but I lived. So stayed away from all that for a good while.

Anyways, double diamonds are a lot more fun now
 

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The second day I ever rode, my boys took me to the top of 9 at Loveland and we dropped Wild Child.

I wasn't ready for it and it scared the shit out of me, but I made it. Honestly, it was that run that made me fall in love with the sport. Just looking at that terrain and watching other people rip it up made me want to get better and get better fast! I went and took a lesson after that trip.
 

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The second day I ever rode, my boys took me to the top of 9 at Loveland and we dropped Wild Child.

I wasn't ready for it and it scared the shit out of me, but I made it. Honestly, it was that run that made me fall in love with the sport. Just looking at that terrain and watching other people rip it up made me want to get better and get better fast! I went and took a lesson after that trip.
I think this sums up my first experience. Instead I think it was the off the top of the Gondola at Mammoth.
 

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I think this sums up my first experience. Instead I think it was the off the top of the Gondola at Mammoth.
:thumbsup: I love doing top Gondola runs at Mammoth. As long as i'm not going through too many moguls. One time one of our buddies lead us over to the side thats covered in moguls. Had to take a 5-10 minute break after that run to rest my legs.
 

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i remember we accidentally did one at breck. i was with a girl and she started crying. it was cool but she made the experience suk
 

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My first time on a double black it was a bluebird pow day on a weekend and therefore crowded as fuck so I was exploring far away from chairlifts looking for fresh tracks/ no three year old skiers on leashes going sideways doing a pizza wearing a pointy helmet. I didn't realize it was a double until the next day so I just rode it like I would ride a single. The pow was tracked but it still felt nice. The next day when I looked at the trail map and saw that I'd just done a double I totally felt like Xavier de le rue or whatever his name is. Fuck I'm such a gaper.
 

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An icy, hadn't snowed in a week, type day. Skier "buddy" says, "let's try a black". He takes off and I remember thinkin' don't fall headfirst down the slope, cause there is no way in hell I'll be able to stop. Trees everywhere......I think I made a couple of turns and ate shit. Did the falling leaf on my heelside the rest of the way down. Today that same "buddy" can't keep up!
 

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welp my first time i went down a black, it was an accident! i was trying to go down a blue and i turned suddenly into a black! turns out i did good and i ran into a sweet terrain park in the middle... this was at Big Boulder a couple weeks ago and the black was actually very steeeeeep!!! haha
 

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On Thursday I did my first double-black. Shot Six at Alpental....That was the most amazing snowboard experience of my life. Simply amazing. Face shots the whole way down.
 

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It was a couple years ago at Abasin, I was with a skier and two boarders who have been riding/skiing for over ten years. we get to the lip and I remember looking down thinking no way.. But I did it anyway.
They told me to stay away from the fresh snow so I don't ruin it for them. ;O

Anyway.. the first run.. fell down while I was trying to check my speed.. slid down headfirst.

The 2nd run was pretty fun though! Made it down without falling.

(The name of the run escapes me.. But its pretty steep)
 

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so this little hill near me (perfect north slopes)was where i did my first "black diamond". i was 12, and on skis (blegh), and it scared the living piss out of me. so of course, one of my wonderful siblings pushed me off the top and let me go on my merry way... on my face/butt/back/knees, etc. i can't really remember that day very well...

anyway, the first time on a snowboard was this year (my first season) at the same place. after 3 or 4 visits, i was linking turns etc. and getting better fast and also getting bored with some of the other runs. so, i went and tried this black diamond. after about 2 hours or so, i was totally making that slope my bitch.

A few weeks back, i went up to Sunday River with my brother & some of his friends for a week. (best brother in the world, even paid for my flight :D) by the end of the first day, i could do the greens with proficiency, and was starting to explore some easy blues. about the 4th day, he and his friends had me go down a moderate black diamond. nothing special. day 6 i was bombing down em for fun and even doing some of the easier double blacks.

lol... the only real injuries that i got were from the park and one incident where i unknowingly went down a run with a small cliff (5-10') at about the middle, and the landing was... not so good of a landing, if you could call it that. :laugh:

next year, i'm goin back to perfect north and im gonna rape that mountain all up and down the midwest. :thumbsup:

/storypost.
 

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So we went up the chairlift (had never been to this resort) and I asked my friend which run we were gonna do he pointed down and he said, "This one. "I was like "WTF this is a run?!?!"
 

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Second time on the slope, was with some friends. Off the lift you could go left, or right. They were yelling at me to go left, but I went right, thinking they were fucking with me (we are like that). So I went right. Black diamond. oops. Oh well committed to it. I think black diamonds are scarier but when you fall, it doesn't hurt because you don't hit the deck at such a perpendicular angle. You just keep sliding.

I still get the 30-40 foot slides sometimes, they're actually pretty funny.
 

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I agree, you just slide... my hurtiest falls are from stupid cat tracks that are flat and icy. But I'm really scared that I may tumble and just roll down the mountain like a ball!?
 

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If you catch a front side edge then yeah, black diamonds are dangerous. Cuz that's the ultimate flop right there. Basically whipping your face or head into the ground at 90 degrees.
 
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