Join Date: Apr 2011
1st time snowboarding didnt go so well
Hey whats up everyone !
I just got back from a snowboarding trip, and I am really not impressed with my performance.
First day private lessons we only were able to cover falling leaf, but the instructor had me doing length traverses ? He had me go from one side of the slope to the other side of the slope while side slipping I think. At the very end of the lesson i was side slipping on my heel edge, pointing the board down the slope, and switching to my toe edge, but I couldn't do it quickly. " I basically already knew how to do this thanks to Snowolf"
Second day the first 2 runs felt as if I had retained little of the previous days lessons. I was doing slow 360's at the top of the slope, because i was basically out of control, I am not 100% sure if it was something to do with my flow bindings or not.
After the first 2 runs i was warmed up, and controlling the board was a lot easier. Hit a green run, which totally cramped up both of my feet, because i was sticking to my toe edge, but i couldn't link turns, I could point the board straight down the slope, but was unable to bleed off my speed unless I was basically side slipping down; slowly coming to a stand still, then i could change edges, and go right back to full bore down the hill, and then back to sideslipping.
Everytime that I would full bore down the hill, I would go toe edge, aggressively push my knee down, but the board wouldn't dig in hard enough to make my turning feel agile. I would slightly veer off to the right, which freaked me out a little because of the speed i was picking up, so then i would lift my rear foot up to force my board to turn side ways, and side slip down the slope . I never caught an edge, but if the board wasn't turning slowly it was standing nearly vertical on the slope, and my edge would cut 1-2 inches into the slope. It was like my edge cut into the slope while i was turning, which made me turn really well, but in turn made me lose my balance, and i would slide out. The best way i can describe it is that my edge was cutting into the slope like a knife into cheese lol, and I would only leave a narrow incision where my edge cut in.
Had i taken 1 on 1 private lessons , I know that I would have learned a lot more, but we had a group private lesson, and some of the others were having a harder time than I was the first day, which limited my progression.
I didn't have trouble getting on / off any of the lifts, but skating isn't my strong suite at all. If I am not hanging my toe off far enough, than I was hanging it off too much kind of thing. " Thanks for the video Snowolf"
Roughly 6 hours into the second day I was getting sore, and sloppy with my boarding. I was catching edges due to being too tired to fully move the board around. So I decided to call it a day, and a weekend.
I am amazed that wake boarding didn't help out as much as i thought it would. I think wake boarding was a lot easier to figure out.
I think that my flow's were just too much machine for me. I had to readjust them every few runs because my ratchet strap kept flipping up, and when i got to the top i would push it back down, so it would gradually tighten over a few runs, forcing me to readjust it, and changing the way they felt. I am not positive that i have the high back adjusted to the right place, or a place that would be beneficial for my progression.
Definitely hooked, but being out off the bunny slope made me feel as if i was danger to anyone behind me, because at any second I could wipe out; slide out; catch an edge, or just completely apply the brakes. Not being able to link turns, or able to be half as fast as the other people blazing by me made me lose a lot of confidence in my newly acquired skills.
Sorry to write a book but is this normal ? Has anyone else had the same experience as I did the first time they went out ? I will be going again in roughly a month, and I plan on taking 1 on 1 private lessons the first day, also replacing my flows with traditional bindings until I atleast have 20 days on the snow.
Please let know if it sounds like i was doing something i shouldnt have been doing, or what your first experience snowboarding was like. Thanks =D