Originally Posted by poutanen
That video's not bad, that's a good way to get down steeper terrain and keep your speed in check. If you're current turns aren't controlling your speed enough, you need to work on completing the turn. In other words stay in the turn longer until you're moving perpendicular to the slope, then start your next turn and do the same thing. As a noob you shouldn't really work on linking turns yet, work on each aspect and you need a second to think about what worked and what didn't in the last turn. So turn heelside, and turn enough that all your downward progress stops, then think about your toeside turn, execute it, and again turn enough that you're going completely perpendicular to the slope.
I'm hoping you went and complained to the resort about your instructor. How can the resort fix a problem they don't know about? My GF has had about 5 lessons now over the years and each one has brought her past the next plateau...
Yeah I know what you're saying about completing the turn and maybe even turning slighting back uphill before switching edges. Unfortunately I don't think you understand the kind of steep uneven terrain with drops and washes I'm dealing with (yes on the only groomed beginner run on the mountain). I can do just what you describe (or try to anyway) for the first half of the run. Then it gets steep and I'm reduced to side-slipping or skidding out and sliding on my ass. Either way it sucks.
As for complaining, no I didn't. I thought about it. But I kind of doubt anybody would give a shit. The mountain is really pretty half-assed. It's run by a coop who is leasing it from the owners to keep it open. And that was supposedly their "best snowboard instructor". Kind of makes me leery of taking yet another shitty lesson.