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Just another newbie in paradise

Hey guys! Just wanted to say hi, and see if anyone had any comments or advice. I'm a 32yo female living in Valdez, Alaska. What a great place to snowboard, right? Well, I'm sure it will be as soon as I figure out what I'm doing. I grew up in Texas, so I wasn't exactly born with a snowboard or skis on my feet like a lot of kids here seem to be.

I spent my first winter here (last year) learning to ride my snowmachine, and now I'm trying to get this snowboarding thing under control. There's no maybe about it, I have to learn to either ski or snowboard or I'll lose my mind living in a place like this. Problem is, this isn't the best place for beginners. I've been snowboarding five times in my life: twice in Utah a dozen years ago, once last week in a mild valley up at Thompson Pass, and twice last weekend on the little tow-rope hill in town. Never had a lesson.

I'm very comfortable riding my heelside edge, and can sideslip and falling leaf and garland all day long. It feels pretty weird to be on my toeside edge, but I can sideslip and falling leaf okay. I tried to push myself into linking turns, but I was really just kicking the back of the board around and skidding a lot, not using proper form. I get kinda scared when I pick up speed too, and don't lean down the fall line enough, but I guess that just comes with practice.

At the moment all I have to ride is this big plank (K2 Wisdom Wide 159 - I'm 5'4", 135), which was fine in knee deep powder up at the Pass, but turns like a boat on the bunny hill. Does anyone think I'm going to do more harm than good trying to ride this thing, as far as learning good technique?

Anyways, that's about it for now. I'll keep reading and practicing and falling down and eating snow. Hope everyone has a great day!
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