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  Quote Cali_Girlie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Kirkwood on Saturday, March 3!
    Posted: Mar/01/2007 at 1:51pm
Ouch
 
It's the second time for me, EVER...and I'm scared to death, because I effing hate getting off the lift.  It freaks me out.
 
Any advice?
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  Quote kimchijajonshim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/01/2007 at 2:06pm
Don't psych yourself out.  I always used to fall on the lift, until the end of last season when I just stopped tripping about it.  Now I only fall when someone grabs me or it's a particularly warm day and my topsheet's slick.

In my experience that's really all that differentiates beginners (not first times, but beginners) and intermediates.  Because basic snowboarding is really not that hard.  Getting over the fear of catching edges, linking turns, going fast, THAT is hard.
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Do you have a stomp pad? That helps to keep your unbound foot on your board...
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  Quote ginagoff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/02/2007 at 11:04am
Dudette! I've been boarding 4 times now, with many more to come (just got my own board woo-hoo!). Anyway, I finally got used to getting off the lift last time up... the trick for me was to kind of sit sideways on the lift chair and try to line up my loose foot so that it'd hit the board right next to the binding... then just act like you are riding with your bindings hooked up, the board won't go anywhere (meaning it won't fly out from under you)! And, remember it's no biggie if you do fall, as you have before and it didn't hurt too much or you wouldn't be going again. And, if what is freaking you out is more about the next person getting off the lift (potentially being in their way or them hitting you, etc...) - then ask the guy/girl that is operating the bottom of the lift to ask the people to leave an empty chair between you and them to give you some space! They are usually really cool about that if you're on a bunny slope/beginner area. I hope this helps a little.    

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  Quote Riley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/02/2007 at 12:38pm
Originally posted by Cali_Girlie

Ouch
 
It's the second time for me, EVER...and I'm scared to death, because I effing hate getting off the lift.  It freaks me out.
 
Any advice?
 
Yes I do stay over your front foot, dont lean back you will wash out for sure, wait until the last possible min to stand up as well. Then whoever is riding with you is already getting off and you are by yourself a tad. A stomp pad does help as well.
 
Good luck and have fun with it....
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  Quote jess Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/02/2007 at 1:24pm
Originally posted by Riley

Originally posted by Cali_Girlie

Ouch
 
It's the second time for me, EVER...and I'm scared to death, because I effing hate getting off the lift.  It freaks me out.
 
Any advice?
 
Yes I do stay over your front foot, dont lean back you will wash out for sure, wait until the last possible min to stand up as well. Then whoever is riding with you is already getting off and you are by yourself a tad. A stomp pad does help as well.
 
Good luck and have fun with it....
Most of your weight on your front foot is key and also look ahead not down at your board. Your feet know what to do.
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  Quote What? Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/04/2007 at 1:56pm
Originally posted by kimchijajonshim

Don't psych yourself out.  I always used to fall on the lift, until the end of last season when I just stopped tripping about it.  Now I only fall when someone grabs me or it's a particularly warm day and my topsheet's slick.

In my experience that's really all that differentiates beginners (not first times, but beginners) and intermediates.  Because basic snowboarding is really not that hard.  Getting over the fear of catching edges, linking turns, going fast, THAT is hard.
You've been snowboarding for ten years and you JUST managed to get off the chairlift?! Sorry but that's really quite disturbing.
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I've been riding for about 10 years,
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  Quote kimchijajonshim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/04/2007 at 2:03pm
I just say I've been riding ten years because it's easier than going into detail.  I rode for the first time in 7th grade (about 9 years ago, actually).  The next two years, I probably went about three or four times, every time on rentals.  For about six years in the middle of that, I never even saw snow.  Last January I started riding again and really got into it, and have probably hit the slopes about 20 times since then (about five or six times last season).

So for about the first eight years I was a "riding" I went about four times.  When I started again, I had to start all over.  I think that allows me a bit of slack.


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  Quote kimchijajonshim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/04/2007 at 2:09pm
Also you'll notice in the original snowboard.com post...

"A little blurb on me... I've been riding for about 10 years, but only REALLY got into it last year."

You'll also notice that I admit to my deficiencies and don't try to portray myself as an expert riding or anything of the sort.
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  Quote brodster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/04/2007 at 4:02pm
I still can't stand up and strap-inLOL
I like think it is like Zoolander not being able to turn left. But when he does it is the MaGNUm!
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  Quote BRUIZZA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/04/2007 at 4:25pm
brodster I have that same damn problem I absolutely cannot stand up and strap in.  Kimchi I feel ya I first learned to snowboard when I was 22 I don't even know if I went the next year.  I went a couple more times inbetween then and now (I am 26 now)  So I have been snowboarding for 4 years but only really been into it heavy this year. 
 
As for advice on getting off the lift I try to wait until the last minute to stand up and I always try to get my back foot up against my binding.  Also most lift operators can slow the lift down if you give them the thumbs down sign as you are getting off if you think that will help.
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