I spent last weekend teaching my gf how to board. She's got the leaf down on her heal side really well, and she can do it on her toe side but just gets tired faster. I've gone down the bunny hill holding her hands while she turns and she can totally do it, but as soon as I'm not there to hold her hands she panics and wont even try. She's afraid that she'll get seriously hurt if she falls. I'm not sure how to respond to this. We've kindly asked a few passing instructors for advice on how to get over this fear and they all basically end up on "just go for it". At this point I think we're going to sign her up for a lesson and pay somebody over a hundred bucks to tell her that :/
I never took lessons and I feel like I can move down a mountain pretty well. I'm not saying lessons wouldn't teach me anything, but I think I need an instructor to school me up good going down the mountain first.
Maybe you can help your lady get more comfortable with falling and learning how to fall? Unstrap and go jump into some snow with her for a while, teach her how to slap out
and to keep her chin tucked so she doesn't knock her dome-piece. Perhaps after a while of experiencing that falling in snow really isn't so bad, she'll feel more comfortable and can begin to build her confidence from there?
Or better yet, take her skateboarding and have her slam on some concrete, then take her back to the snow and she'll be fearless!