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Skied First Black Diamond Slopes

post #1 of 17
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My son and I spent the weekend skiing at Whitetail, a local resort, and I actually skied a couple of black diamond slopes ("Drop In" and "Far Side") -- several times, without wiping out!

Yes, I know most of you ski black diamond slopes just to warm up before your morning coffee. But for me it was sweet to get to blacks prior to my second anniversary of taking up skiing.
post #2 of 17
Congrats!!
post #3 of 17
Its all downhill from here...pun intended. Congrats. yes black diamonds can vary greatly, but part of doing them is mental, you got that part covered.
post #4 of 17
Awesome Jim!

It's all downhill from here

I'll give you a couple of these cause I know you feel it
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post #6 of 17
Should be ready for a blues out west now.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Its all downhill from here...pun intended. Congrats. yes black diamonds can vary greatly, but part of doing them is mental, you got that part covered.
Damn strait its a lot of mental work. Some of the most difficult skiing you do is when learning and a lot of that has nothing to do with technique. Even just seeing the black diamond on a trail sign used to scare the piss out of me, even if it was an easier trail than some labeled blue.

Anywho congrats again and keep up hiting the black diamonds.
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12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Its all downhill from here...pun intended. Congrats. yes black diamonds can vary greatly, but part of doing them is mental, you got that part covered.
12:44 PM
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Awesome Jim!

It's all downhill from here

I'll give you a couple of these cause I know you feel it
LOL, RR did you know I'm spying your keystrokes?
post #9 of 17
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Yes, I know most of you ski black diamond slopes just to warm up before your morning coffee.
Yes, but we've been where you are now. It is a big step both mentally and physically. Keep up the good work. Always try to push your limits, but only a little at a time.

See you on the double diamonds bro.
post #10 of 17
Point em down hill!
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Yes, but we've been where you are now. It is a big step both mentally and physically. Keep up the good work. Always try to push your limits, but only a little at a time.
Agreed, and very well said. I definitely remember when I was at that "oh no, it's a black, can't do that !" stage... Getting past that hurdle is a big step.
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Should be ready for a blues out west now.
Or greens in Iowa.......
post #13 of 17
I’m dig’n your enthusiasm stoke and honest expression. Also reminds me of my milestone looking back up a once intimidating thing thinking I finally did it. Pretty cool…you have just opened a big whoopass can of opportunity with your skiing. But as others so refer; smart turns now forward...work, practice and repeat.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. It was like having a birthday... you know, back when it was good to have a birthday.

This site helped: I soak up a lot of tips and support from here. If I could remember everyone's name I'd do a long list of thank-you's like at the Oscars.

So my next step, I think, is not to do double black (yet), but to keep working on my form, turns, stance, etc. I want not to just "do blacks" but do them coolly and cleanly.

Thanks again.
post #15 of 17
Alot of skiing is about confidence. Mostly confidence that you can slow or stop when needed. Once you have that, you can ski almost anything.

Congrats!
post #16 of 17
Maybe the next step should be moguls. Way back when I skied my first expert trails back around 1970 (there weren't any "double diamonds" yet), a groomed expert trail was rare to find. I had some horrible times trying to ski moguled expert slopes at Sugarloaf, with bare spots or ice in the troughs. What a thrill it was to find Upper Winter's Way groomed smooth with perfect snow one time and find out I could ski it! Nowadays, although my skiing hasn't improved a whole lot, I find expert trails fun since they're usually groomed and I can plunge straight down.

Moving up to double blacks may or may not involve skiing moguls. For real expert trails it probably should. Another thing you can probably do nowadays is find a practice mogul slope on an intermediate pitch.
post #17 of 17
You should go to Stratton or Okemo and give yourself a big ego boost. Everything is rated black or double black, and they're all really (at best) blue. I got real laugh a few years ago when someone mentioned how great Okemo's ski school was "In just 2 days I was skiing blacks". Well, they're really not.....oh nevermind.

Anyway - Congrats.
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