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"Advanced" Board for a Beginner?

Hi. First thread. Please be gentle.

I'm 42 yrs old and just started snowboarding mainly because my kids are getting into it. I've been out twice on rentals and loved it. So I bought myself a new board, bindings, and boots... online.

Problem is, reviews say its an "advanced board" and me being a beginner, I'm wondering if I bought the wrong board now (I haven't used it yet).

Is there anything wrong with a beginner buying an "advanced" board? Will it be too squirrly/fast/aggressive or does the term "advanced" refer more to the quality/materials/price of the board?

Thanks for the help... looking forward to learning more from this forum.
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What brand/model is the board?

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Its fine, just a diffent set of challenges. I started at 44, at 46 bought an expert level board, it took me for the ride for about 1.5 years...then figured out how to keep ahead of the thing and now at 51 can really take advantage of its performance. The thing about an expert level board is its designed to do something very well if you have the skills...if either you lack the skills or use the board for something it was not designed for, it can be punishing. The advantage, is that it forces you to develope some good skills.


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What brand/model is the board?
It's a 159cm Rossignol Premier (not sure the year). I'm 6'-0" & 210 lbs.
I'll be going to local 'hills' in Wisconsin. Mostly groomed, a lot of man-made snow, pretty icy.
Not really interested in speed per-se. Of the two times I've gone, I like spinning around, using all the hill, going side to side (Not sure the 'lingo'). I won't be going into the terrain park any time soon.
Thanks.

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It's a 159cm Rossignol Premier (not sure the year). I'm 6'-0" & 210 lbs.
I'll be going to local 'hills' in Wisconsin. Mostly groomed, a lot of man-made snow, pretty icy.
Not really interested in speed per-se. Of the two times I've gone, I like spinning around, using all the hill, going side to side (Not sure the 'lingo'). I won't be going into the terrain park any time soon.
Thanks.
Where do you ski in WI, I'll be at Alpine all day tomorrow, newbie here as well

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get a burton HERO with some cartel bindings you wont be dissapointed old man


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From a quick investigation, that looks like a narrow stiff board. 2 features that are bad for beginners.
Stiff =harder to control at low speeds and not very forgiving. Easy to catch and slam.
narrow = quick edge to edge transition ability but requires precision. Easy to slam.
The Premier looks like a carving board meant for speed demons rounding turns with G’s that will burn your legs.

The Burton Hero mentioned is a very flexible and a forgiving board to learn on, but that’s about it. It’s really designed for park riding and unless you are planning to advanced to rails and stuff like that, the future life of the Hero is limited because it’s not very good elsewhere.

Look at this.
Skate Banana Lib Tech Snowboards

The reverse camber board is said to make it easy to learn one since you won’t catch an edge as easy. It also spins easy and is true twin (symetric). It’s relatively stiffer so it will work all mountain decent when you advance to the next stage so It has more future. And it has a magnetration (serrated edge) for icy slopes. Also, for a “new buyer”, it’s the most awarded snowboard ever so it might be a “safe bet”. Here’s a good description:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9in6ick3OE

A similar board for someone who is a little better…or if you are athletic and / or pick up boarding basics easily is the TRS.

TRS: Total Ripper Series Lib Tech Snowboards
That’s like a Skate Banana, but more directional an a bit stiffer and harder to use. Also good on icy slopes.

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It's a 159cm Rossignol Premier (not sure the year). I'm 6'-0" & 210 lbs.
I'll be going to local 'hills' in Wisconsin. Mostly groomed, a lot of man-made snow, pretty icy.
Not really interested in speed per-se. Of the two times I've gone, I like spinning around, using all the hill, going side to side (Not sure the 'lingo'). I won't be going into the terrain park any time soon.
Thanks.
Spinning arround is called switching. With style it's called buttering.

Going side to side is called leafing...or zig zagging. You will overcome this once you get better.
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Its fine, just a diffent set of challenges. I started at 44, at 46 bought an expert level board, it took me for the ride for about 1.5 years...then figured out how to keep ahead of the thing and now at 51 can really take advantage of its performance. The thing about an expert level board is its designed to do something very well if you have the skills...if either you lack the skills or use the board for something it was not designed for, it can be punishing. The advantage, is that it forces you to develope some good skills.

Yeah, but also at 40+, the "punishing" can be more of a problem than at 16.

The more punishment you take, the less you can practice. Beside's he doesn't want to go to the Olympics. He just wants to have fun with his kids.
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