I skied the 2 feet of powder at Mad River Glen on Tuesday, and had an experience that made me really annoyed with myself. There is a small, easy "cliff" under the double chair -- maybe ten feet max, probably less, with a really clean transition at the bottom and ice under the snow to protect your from getting hung up. I know that is nothing to a lot of you, but it is a big drop to me.
Anyway, I looked it over and watched a few people go on the way up, and decided I could handle it.
So I get to the top and it looks a lot bigger from the top. After stalling for a long time (and apologizing to the people behind me, who were very nice about it) I finally went. And it was very easy. (Well, I sat down on the run out but that was fear-based and totally unnecessary.) The drop was trivial, the transition was easy, no problems.
So I went around again. And froze up on the edge again. It was just about as scary the second time, even though my conscious mind knew it was easy.
Does this happen to other people? Anybody have any fear-management tricks?