Originally Posted by mrdimarco
When i mentioned skill progression, i'm looking for pointers on what to do on the smaller mountains that will help my freeride ability should the time come i get on those big mountains(i'm looking into moving to colorado).
for locations, my local hills are hunter and windham in the catskills, and i take trips up to jay, stratton, and whiteface.
my slower speeds are through the trees, off the kickers, and over some drops. maybe half my runs i encounter serious bumps, but generally i'm looking for a srtaighter line that carries speed and flies over the biggest drops i can find, and any scraps of deep snow. i also like to tuck down a groomed double sometimes and achieve some rediculous speed though.
thanks for the ski recommendations, out of those i have a feeling that most are a little too powder oriented. it seems like the jj or the huge troubles might be more versatile for the east.
how bout boots? something siff but comfy, and shock absorbant for the landings. maybe banshee, blaster pro, or shogun? any helps appreciated.
honestly learn to turn anywhere anytime, if your looking for skill building straightlining just shows you have some balls. If you truly freeriding in the east you shouldnt be skiing groomers except to drill yourself for stuff off the trail.
your alittle misguided, The best freeriders in the world usually have some sort of technical background. They only straightline stuff whenever its the easiest or only way or the exception for comps. Tucking a groomed doubleblack isnt cool its pretty fing dangerous with how crowded the runs are around here. In fact anything thats groomed IMO isnt Doubleblack....
Boots whatever fits your foot. I like Krypton pros but others make like full tilt, Langes, or race stock boots. In the freeride community out west the most common boots you see are Kryptons, Full Tilts, and Race stock lange, and nordicas. Different stokes for different folks.
take some video of your self making turns whereever you want and come back to us and someone on here can help you out. Or come up to stowe and Ill take a couple runs with ya. the steep technical tree skiing here with drops is something Jay wishes it had. Beside the fact we dont get tracked out as fast as Jay since our woods runs arent on the map....