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Learning to grind. again.
im still learning to grind on skis and i havent hit a rail yet this season. last year i was able to 90 on/off and almost 270 out on a box and this year i have to re learn basically but there's a problem
so my local hill has a lot of features but they are all pretty high and mighty, all down rails, DFDs, cannon rails, kinked boxes and other weird shit. the only rails i think i could even hit are their skinny down rails and their down rail flat bars or whatever. its a lot harder than a flat box or tube or something i was used to before but i wonder if i should just go for it??
otherwise im going to just wait for them to add more or im gonna build a backyard setup too and practice on that
so should i learn it the easy way and then try and hit the harder features or should i just go for it and try outright on the harder features
im leaning towards just going for it
Just fuckin send it my man. It might be intimidating at first but I promise it's not that bad. Some rails may look intimidating, but usually once you try it once you think to yourself "Wow that wasn't even that scary" and as for the thickness of the rail, Don't let that get into your head. Sliding a skinny rail isn't much different from a fatter one, maybe just a little harder to slide all the way if you don't get on completely straight. Focus on popping and staying balanced, and you'll be fine.
just send it. I came from a really small park an the only rails were pretty steep street style rails and yeah it's fucking scary a first but once you try it a few times you'll be fine. if you slide over you slide over and try again.
Build a backyard setup regardless. You'll progress insanely fast. These days with the rail tricks that exist, you + backyard setup= major success in a couple seasons.
Seriously do it.
Also talk to your park crew, customer service, suggestion box, and or whoever and let them know they need more beginner stuff. Having big shit is cool, it's nice in pictures, but you need at least something for people learning.
Even at mt snow, one of the most raging sessions I ever saw there was on an 18' long flat box that was only maybe 8" high. This was a few years ago and people were learning all kinds of tricks. Errrbody throwing kfeds. Sure it wasn't the most epic looking feature but it was getting used massively.
Don't be a dick about it though. Don't say "FUCK YOUR DFD AND FUCK YOUR A FRAME AND FUCK YOU BITCH YOU NEED BEGINNER SHIT"
A nice kind suggestion is all you need. IF nothing changes keep up with it.
There has been a rebirth of the smaller parks in the last 5 years. It's nice because if you don't give people a place to start they arn't going to get into it. Nobody wants to learn to slide a rail on a 4' high single tube.
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