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  1. 4 points
    Yea, I completely see and agree with this point. The model of teaching skiing is definitely flawed (IMO) and there are major differences between run of the mill instructors that aren't very helpful even after a season of lessons and those that can transform your skiing overnight with a single lesson and a few drills. I was fortunate to have found good instruction on a race team in college after not receiving good instruction on a high school race program nor in any previous lessons that got me to successfully parallel groomers but little else. That instruction didn't transform me overnight but it gave me a toolkit to work with and from there I was able to get off the groomers and enjoy natural snow by applying the fundamentals in the toolkit and adapting through trial and error to various conditions. It took a few years after I committed to getting off the groomers before I become a true "ski anything" type skier. But once you get that toolkit and the desire to develop, you are only limited by how much you want to apply yourself to developing. Getting that toolkit from the right instructor can be challenging, I was pretty fortunate to stumble upon it at the right time and place. After that, I just watched and followed other skiers and adapted my fundamental toolkit to new terrain and conditions. The day that changed my trajectory as a skier is forever etched in my memories... I was a groomer only skier and I skied down Lower Lynx at Wildcat when I came to the intersection with Lower Catenary (which is a short but steepish pitch that was very well moguled). I was about to swing back around via the groomer when I saw a ripping skier come down through the bumps. It looked fun. I said if she can do that, I can do that. So I went for it. I watched how she moved and I tried to copy. I sucked pretty bad to start but you get there if you keep trying. Find someone to imitate, study their movements, and copy. But I think starting with that fundamental toolkit is essential.
  2. 3 points
    Only my second ride at Kingdom Trails, VT. And my first non-winter ride. The place is amazing! Very ridable for all ability levels. Even their black diamonds are only rated in realative terms. Everything is fast, flowy, and forgiving. No big drops, no sharp rocks. Toughest parts are the long climbs. Absolutely a great vibe. The staff and customers are all equally friendly. And they might have the best outdoor bar in New England!
  3. 3 points
    I also dragged my ass out on to the trails today. I wasn't going to but I got groans and grumbles from my 'other' female MTB partner. Then we barely got on the trail and all she wanted to do was cool her ass in the river. Ended up being a pretty short ride.
  4. 3 points
    "At the end of the day when you are exhausted, ski the biggest most erratic bump line for your last run" This is a really good way to get hurt. That's why there is the old skier rule/joke/superstition that you never take 'one last run'. Even if you don't get hurt this isn't going to help your skiing. When your exhausted and in over your head you fall back on bad habits just to survive. Forcing yourself to ski with bad habits only reinforces those bad habits and builds muscle-memory for them. If it's the end of the day and you're exhausted, the best thing to do is call it a day.
  5. 3 points
    Hit the east snowfields a couple days in the last week. If you haven’t been up there you should give it a try. Snow is pretty incredible this time of year. Drive up the autoroad was spectacular as always. Most of the skiers parked near the top to access either great gulf or the upper part of east snowfields. I chose to spot I’ve been to a couple times off the Huntington Ravine trail. Easy ten minute walk from the car and I was on snow. Today I drove further up be road to the larger snowfield. Weather wasn’t as nice as Friday but the skiing was still pretty good. There is a ton of snow up there still. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  6. 2 points
    Unintentional tradition starting: The Lyndonville, VT Redemption Center is a surprisingly great stop for craft beers. After skiing Burke or biking at Kingdom Trails it's hard to pass by. One of their great selections is from Bay State Brewing in Williamsburg, MA. I've never actually seen it anywhere else except up here in VT. They call it "crushable double IPA" but at 10 ABV I'm trying not to crush them! Awesome hoppy, floral, light flavors
  7. 2 points
    That's a logical fallacy; slippery slope, I think. Or it's just acting like a twelve-year-old. DAD: "Get your feet off the coffee table." KID: "YOU NEVER LET ME DO ANYTHING!" It's a way to try to deflect the obligation to think about what you did or said and why someone might not agree with you. There are not an infinite number of people in the world, and besides that, women are literally half of the human population: Try not to be a jerk to or about them is all. Maybe listen to them when they tell you what it's like to be a female athlete in male-dominated sports or just, you know, in the world. Here's a great place to start, for example: Or here: https://www.outsideonline.com/2313816/caroline-gleich-sexism You could read the many stories that are coming out from women about bullying in the outdoor industry. https://www.outsideonline.com/2309306/what-we-can-learn-climbings-bullying-saga You could read about the difficulties that women face just being online in general: https://psmag.com/social-justice/women-arent-welcome-internet-72170 You could just read and listen to those things without having to have a response to them. You are not required to respond; you are only being asked to listen. Or you could just do the thing that every great philosopher from Confucius to Jesus to Mister Rogers instructs us to do: treat other people the way you'd want to be treated. So, ok, maybe you're not sure about posting sexy pics of female athletes. You like sexy pics of women, right? Who doesn't!? Well, other women for one thing, especially when those pics are of athletes and they don't seem to be particularly....athletic. I bet your Spidey Senses tingled a bit to alert you that posting a sexualized pic of a female athlete was probably not a great idea for some reason. Nah, they're sexy pics! I'll post them! Then you get some pushback and you're surprised because you're a good guy. You support women athletes. Your friends on the forum are good guys, too. So this woman complaining should just shut up, because we're nice guys and we support women. So you shout down the buzz-kill interloper who seems to be telling you you're not a nice guy. That's predictable and understandable. Also boring and stifling. The women in the pictures posted on NMS were being displayed as sexual objects, not athletes. (The fact that they are athletes was simply the pretext for taking the pictures). That demeans their athletic accomplishments, it perpetuates a system in which women need to be attractive in a certain way and allow themselves to be objectified in order to get sponsorships and pursue their sports, and it reinforces the notion that women as a whole exist for the purpose of male pleasure. That last point is dangerous; it perpetuates a culture in which statistics show that women are the victims of violence in extraordinary numbers at the hands of men they know. It deepens the sense of normality when political parties and religious organizations promote patriarchal legislation that curtails women's rights to health care and decent treatment in the workplace. So the way we talk about and visually portray people matters very, very much. What may seem trivial to you may matter a LOT to someone else. So I'm just saying that half of the human population experiences the world a bit differently from you, which is why they don't always like the stuff you like. You could spend your time shouting down those people. That's certainly the status quo. Or you could just make a tiny effort to listen.
  8. 2 points
    Magic is a great choice for ungroomed skiing. There is plenty of low-angle stuff on the east side - glades and trails alike. As far as diy advice goes, try “challenging” terrain (this being a relative term) a day after a powder day so that the snow is skied in, but still soft and easy to ski. Also you might try finding a skilled and friendly skier at Magic with whom you could work out an advice for beer barter situation 👍
  9. 2 points
    Find a good instructor would be my advice. People on here may give you tips. But, until you have a toolkit, that advice probably won't make much sense or you'll find it difficult to implement. You need to get to a point that you can self diagnose your own issues before taking advice from an online community and trying to incorporate it into your skiing. Until then, you really don't have the kinetic awareness to incorporate tips, especially if you are in survival mode most of the time. An instructor can observe and provide you feedback and help you to develop your toolkit. Then you can go from there and really begin the mastery process. One great thing about Magic is that it has SO many great low angle natural snow trails since so much is left natural. You should certainly focus on developing your technique on lower angle slopes. That is basically walking before you run. Heart of Magician is an excellent low angle natural snow trail for working natural snow technique. Or any of the groomers that are left natural after a storm. One short coming of Magic is there really aren't any quality low angle bump fields... most of the lines that develop bumps are steeper. Twilight Zone might be a good option for developing bump skills at Magic. Though it is listed as a glade... there are hardly any trees remaining (I was stunned at the lack of trees this year... I remember there being so many more of them 10+ years ago). In any case, developing natural snow and bump skills really unlock the entire mountain for any skier. Then you just need to work on control at steeper pitches and after that you can get into the glades and then you have the whole mountain you can ski. But it all starts with bump technique. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress next season!
  10. 2 points
    Really, NMS? Pinup pictures of scantily-clad female athletes and comments about which ones you want to "mount"? WTF?
  11. 2 points
    Ski season fully done and MTB trails all dried out. Been hitting it hard this week. 2 rides per day all week (early AM + after work). ~5 miles each. There's a couple of great areas in SE Mass that are only a few minutes from my house. My favorite right now is Carolina Hill. 756 acres with a great mix of tight-soft-single-track, rocky descents/ascents, and 2 wide fire roads. Everything is constant up and down so even a 5 mile loop is a great workout. it's easy to string pieces together into 10+ miles without a lot of repetition. Basically you can create an ever changing series of loops that add up to whatever distances you want. Usually the South Shore in May is a brutal mosquito and tick fest, but I haven't seen many bugs at all so far. Can't explain it but I like it! Trail pics always suck, but here's one anyway.
  12. 2 points
    I figured out what to do with that trouble spot on my back lawn...!
  13. 1 point
    Couple of rides this weekend. Quick spin at Franklin Falls on Saturday: First DH day at Sunapee on Sunday: Nice to see a decent size MTB crowd at Sunapee this weekend. They officially opened the new 2-way trail Out-N-Back for those that want to earn their turns. Word is on July 11 they are going to try Wednesday night from 5-7 with the Wild Goose pub open afterwards for burgers and beers. Turnout will determine if they keep doing it or not.
  14. 1 point
    She looks sufficiently cooled!! Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
  15. 1 point
    By the way SallyCat, you don't have to be a woman to find some of the posters here to be nasty.
  16. 1 point
    I am so sick and tired of people getting offended by what other people do. I am trying to hold back on this and it is so hard but I am. My posting pics of women in various forms does not mean I do not respect women. I just happen to find women attractive. If you find that offensive than do not click. I guess being a heterosexual male that finds women attractive is offensive.
  17. 1 point
    Have you had lessons with a L3 instructor? After the first time I did a solo lesson with a very experienced L3 instructor (20+ years experience), I figured out that they tend to have had a lot more training on how to teach. Note that a L2 instructor who has been teaching 10+ years can be as effective if the chemistry is good. But I've also had lessons with L2 instructors who weren't flexible enough in their thinking. They had one way of teaching and if that didn't work for me, then the lesson wasn't as helpful. Depends somewhat on the reason a L2 has not taken L3 exams. The amount of time and commitment it takes to pass L3 exams (teaching, skiing) is significantly more than for L2. Having worked with over a dozen L3 instructors at big and small mountains in the last 5-6 years, I can say that all have been very helpful. Could you do a multiday or multi-week lesson program next season? Can be a very good deal. The ladies I met at Jiminy Peak in Jan originally started skiing together when they took a multi-week program. I think a few were intermediates when they started the lessons. Now all various levels of advanced skiers who liked the challenge of 20 inches of fresh snow that became big soft bumps pretty quickly.
  18. 1 point
    About ten years ago I was skiing with a dude in Tahoe - meadows to be specific. At the end of the day I asked him if he wanted to take one more run, told me he was done. Then proceeded to tell me about his son who took one more run as a teenager at Camelback, went off the trail and ended up paralyzed from the waist down. I think about that story every single time I am on hill and am especially careful with my daughter. I agree the advice was not properly conveyed. Unfortunately my days are often time limited due to family activities and I like to go home sore and exhausted. Personally I find if I push through the first wave of tiredness/soreness I tend to get a second wind and do some of my best skiing. The kind of skiing where your legs go where they need to and you feel like you're floating. But it only lasts a few runs and I would never recommend pushing it after your muscles start to tighten up.
  19. 1 point
    Roger that. I wouldn't demean male athletes by sexualizing their physical appearance, though. I appreciate the kind and helpful feedback I've received here on NMS and wish the site the best as it grows in both readers and content.
  20. 1 point
    The best thing I did for ungroomed skiing was take a mogul lesson. The first part of the lesson we were just on groomers and the instructor taught us short jump turns, like "10 turns in 50 feet no wider than 8 feet" short jump turns. After we mastered that we went into the mogul field. Once inside the mogul field I would say the process is easier to show than describe, but I will say skiing the front side of the bump is the advanced technique. When starting out, come at the bump from the side and go over the top and turn on the top of the bump. As you get better you start hitting the bump more toward the front, moving to the front more and more as you get better.
  21. 1 point
    Ah Magic.... I really don’t ski there nearly enough living so close. Some truly great skiing there. I think you bought into magic at the best time for you. With the new green Peak chair going in you should have some nice options over there. Vertigo and Mystery sometimes aren’t groomed but aren’t super steep and would offer a nice next step. On the west side talisman is a nice steeper groomer, though I’m not sure the last time I skied it when it was actually groomed. Broomstick to heart of the magician might be a nice last step. Broomstick is narrow but negotiable and heart isn’t overly steep. But in reality if you bought a pass at Magic you gotta just go for it. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  22. 1 point
    First day of DH for me this year at Killington. Good size crowd and the weather turned out perfect. They only had Snowshed open this weekend, but the trails were in prime condition.
  23. 1 point
    magic will have 2 - yes 2 new to them lifts next year so moot point now
  24. 1 point
    I thought that was the purpose of Untappd. Do we need a plug-in?
  25. 1 point
    Good tip. That is very close. Thanks!


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