Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: San Francisco, CA
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It took me years to learn to snowboard, and I'm still not 100% sure I can say that I snowboard.
I used to go a few times a year, and each day I would come back so sore that it hurt to get out of my car.
I used to go just because I had friends who went, and I really liked being up in the mountains. It was hard on my body, but I wasn't hard on myself, and I had fun.
Then one day, something clicked. I made it down a green run without falling. I felt like, omg, I can do this. I was so hungry to get up to the mountain and practice. I kept on doing greens until I could take them aggressively.
Then I tried a blue run, and I was sloppy and terrified. I fell all the time again. I got really bruised. But I took more lessons, kept trying, and visited this website for tips and encouragement.
Really, it's physically one of the toughest things I've ever done.
But once you make it down a green, you'll feel amazing. Once you shred a blue run, you'll be zipping around all over the mountain, going up to the peaks, looking at the views. Be patient... it's a long, tough road. But it gets much easier later on once you're dialed in, and once you do, your problem will be an addiction to snow.