I went up the resort for the 4th time today. I did 3 lessons, then today got my season pass...because it was a special deal and I only had to pay $65.
I have had high hopes. I keep reading about people who took one lesson or no lessons and were carving down the mountain by day 2. This is not me.
I seem to be an uncoordinated clutz. I cant even make it down the kiddie bunny hill. I get up there, I get going down.....and then nothing wants to work. I catch an edge, or I lose my balance, or I start spinning around as I am heading down the hill like a freakish helicopter.
Today I had my first really scary fall. I tweaked my ankle, slammed my head into the ground, and just generally messed up my back. After 4 weeks I am covered in bruises. There is a 12 inch section of each leg that is just black and blue (centered around the knee). I have bruises on my behind, on my arms. I am a mess.
So the questions are.....did you ever think of giving up? Did any of you have this hard of a time learning and then end up actually progressing beyond the point of a mentally disabled circus animal? Are you sure anyone can learn...or should some of us just realize we are hopeless and then cry over the obscene amount of money they have already spent on this?
Ok...so maybe I am just cranky and want to bitch. But I am actually sort of serious with the questions.
my girlfriend started a similar way..she's been out on the hill about 10 times now, and she's gone from struggling with the bunny hill to just finishing her first blue run this past sunday. she's got bruises on her legs, her knees, her butt, she sprained some ligaments in her shoulder..but she kept kicking. the point is, its really all about how badly you want it. learning to snowboard sucks..it sucks more for some than for others, but it definitely sucks. how badly do you want to learn? what's your motivation? what is it that seems to stop you from progressing? if you've taken 3 lessons and are still struggling with the basics id start to be concerned with who was teaching you.
stick with it, it really is worth it once you get the hang of it..but it is definitely a struggle.