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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket1k78 View Post
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    Nakiska would be pretty nice if you want convenience with good terrain to learn on. SS i feel is not that great for beginners and the drive there with the gondola can be a 2 hour 1 way trip.
    Why do people always say this?

    Any hill with excess snow making operations is awful to fall on. It’s actually so god damn icy, it’s the only hill I crack a helmet in two on! Nakiska also has an awful flat section that’s basically mandatory for any beginner who’s graduated from the bronze chair to the Olympic, so bad that as a child I almost gave up snowboarding for skis (and actually had a buddy who did that) due to it.

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    I've been doing exact same thing as you for the past month at COP - just practising and practising. Last night was so icy with the wind.

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    There is only one way to get down goatís eye thatís mildly enjoyableÖ but requires a light hike
    Wild West?
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    guessing who I might be, psychologizing me with your non existent degree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killramos View Post
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    Wild West?
    Nope, ES got it… is Wild West ever open? Either way… you still need to get down the Arctic plain to get over to the gate, 10/10 not worth it… but really sunshine is not the place if you want to get into the more adventurous stuff. I’d get comfortable on Louise’s ER shoots, then off to BC for anyone that’s nearing the limits of regular resort riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by ercchry View Post
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    Why do people always say this?

    Any hill with excess snow making operations is awful to fall on. Itís actually so god damn icy, itís the only hill I crack a helmet in two on! Nakiska also has an awful flat section thatís basically mandatory for any beginner whoís graduated from the bronze chair to the Olympic, so bad that as a child I almost gave up snowboarding for skis (and actually had a buddy who did that) due to it.
    Because OP said he was going to COP and liked the convenience. If he said he was looking for good snow and willing to drive it wouldve been a different recommendation for sure
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    and I did not have the only say in the matter (most people just want it done ASAP and don't care about quality).
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    If anything we made a better decision because we had a consensus and were all on the same page.

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    Nope, ES got it… is Wild West ever open? Either way… you still need to get down the Arctic plain to get over to the gate, 10/10 not worth it… but really sunshine is not the place if you want to get into the more adventurous stuff. I’d get comfortable on Louise’s ER shoots, then off to BC for anyone that’s nearing the limits of regular resort riding
    Dunno. I haven’t skied in years. I know the bowls you mentioned. Fun stuff.

    I think I did WW once just to say I did it, my brother was on staff there for years instructing so we got away wiTh a lot.
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    Chairs I was hitting at sunshine were Wawa and Angel, might head out next week for a midweek day to get some less trafficked practice in.

    Pushing practice one this week as there is a call for rain……in January
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    Got out to sunshine today and actually tried out some blues on wawa and angel. The blue to enter the park area on angel is still a bit aggressive for me, but didn’t kill myself getting down there. I’m starting to get more confidence in my heel to toe turn, but still struggle in one scenario, let’s see if anyone has tips.

    As you come into the end of the angel runs, the fall line isn’t just dead in front of you, but also behind you. How do you get into a heel edge while your weight is pulling you towards your back as well as the nose of your board?

    Another lesson at COP tomorrow, I was there last night and it was icy, expecting I’ll collect another bruise or two.
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    First board! Interested to see how different it feels from the 2001 burton powers I borrowed. I have 6 days of whitewater coming up, so it will be cool to try out a new hill in new conditions.
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    Nice!
    Watching the snowboarding last night at the Olympics almost made me want to come out of retirement and start boarding again.

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    Thoughts post Nelson:
    - got out 6 days total, on day 6 my wife decided to try snowboarding after a 17 year hiatus and now has a Jones dream catcher in the mail
    - I took another 2 hour private lesson and it really helped me clean up my posture, and build some confidence to stay on blue runs and potentially check out some blacks this year
    - since the in-laws live in Nelson, we are going to head back out end of the month to get some spring snowing in out there
    - we are finally getting more snow in the mountains, I am hoping to get out to lake Louise in the next couple weeks
    - I want to learn how to jump and not kill myself, booking a q hour lesson at COP for tips
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    First day learning jumps and boxes last Friday, gotta keep those fails public



    Still working on getting better edge control for the lead up to the jump

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    nice work
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    I have to applaud your determination here, as someone who both ski's and snowboards, skiing is such a better sport.

    That being said after a fresh dump of powder my boards always coming out. Well, was.. 2 years ago before i had a kid.

    Anyway nice work looks like you're picking it up pretty quick

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    That's awesome man. You've probably gone snowboarding more this season than I have in the last 3 and your progress shows.

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    19 days in the hill so far, trying to get to 30 this season and get comfortable with all blues / some blacks, strong edge control, and if I can get more comfortable with switch and park as a noon I’ll be golden for next year.
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    On a ride for jake day, found a decent deal on a deep thinker. I’ve heard this is NOT a board for beginners and can huck you if you’re not on point with form. Happy to report that it worked exactly as hoped, more float in powder and way more confidence on edge. My process is fun but at a 157 and very loose I have struggled to keep a carve locked in. I got 11 runs in at Louise today, and the only issue was some slight edge catching in the last run as I was absolutely zonked.

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    I'm a lifelong 2 planker, but I will say that there's something beautiful about a truly skilled boarder carving.
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    I almost shat myself after eating way too much at lunch with @killramos so ya, we can start the diaper thread now.

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    Advice on your jumping:
    You're turning and speed checking too close to the incline.
    Approx 1m before the incline of the ramp, no more turning!!
    Set yourself solid, get balanced over the board, crouch and ready to pop at end of incline.
    Do your speed checks earlier and if you feel you're going too fast, with you being well balanced, still hit the jump. you'll more than likely land on your board and be surprised you'd pull it off slightly too fast.
    Just don't go so fast as to overshoot the landing but that's low chance until you get too cocky.

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    Perpendicular to jump at red line. And get set on your board till after jump.
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    dayum, I'm impressed with your progress for your first year, nice work!

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