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Old 02-15-2008, 12:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just curious how long it took everyone to learn to snowboard? About how many hours did you ride your board before you could carve down a blue without falling? I have ridden about 15 hours so far- thats 5 sessions for about 3 hours each time. I can ride some greens without falling, I dont turn very gracefully yet though....
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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about 10 hours from complete ignorance. defo no more than 15. ie. 3 days

wouldn't say i was 'carving' tho
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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How long did it take to really feel I could handle a blue properly? I'd say atleast 2-4 weeks of riding time. I've been riding for 13 years, but only about 10 days worth of riding a year. I can say it took me almost 3-4 years to feel really comfortable and actually carve properly. Considering in the first 2 years I took lessons almost everytime with the same teacher.

Don't try compare to other people's progression. Everyone is different. Much of it comes down to courage and being able to carve properly. Many people are afraid of going from one edge to another at speeds. Or even just switching sides all together. Going from toe to heel to toe to heel. Also, speed is a factor. How fast do you think you should be going down the blue? Are you just trying to slow S carve it, side to side? Are you trying to progress downward with a tight carve and ride it smoothly?

Honestly, in the end you really shouldn't compare to other people's time to progress. Learn to be a aggressive, try harder runs and learn how to handle those runs, ultimately that will teach you to become a better rider. Atleast I think so.

It doesn't come down to how fast you'll be able to ride a blue, but how WELL you will ride it. Learn to ride it properly along with learning to handle those certain situations that are different from the greens.

Also each mountain has its own definition of green and blue. If you're in VT, a blue is the equiv to a Black Diamond in the NY catskills mountains. It all depends on where you ride as well. A blue at an NY mountain will be the same as a green at a VT mountain.


Again, just learn to ride properly and ride smart. Don't worry about timing. Its like with working out. People want results fast rather than learning proper technique. Technique is the most important thing to progress.

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Old 02-15-2008, 12:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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About half a season to learn how to turn, and the carving is an infinately on going process for me...
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Old 02-15-2008, 04:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'd say about 10 sessions over 2 years. A lot of pain and humiliation was involved in the process. I also learned at Bear Mtn which involves a lot of ice. If I could have learned on powder I'm guessing it wouldn't have taken so long. Not to mention my equipment was probably the worst on the mountain.
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It took about 4 days at 4 hours each to do well enough to enjoy myself. It took another 2 or 3 to get really comfortable. And I didn't really bloom till this year, but it all came flooding back and then some on the first day. I was flat out ripping by my second time out this year.
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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just started this year ... approximately 10 days of riding ... 4 to 6 hours each day ...

even with all of the falling and the injuries, i like the sport even more now then before. now i just learn to do a thing a day, work on stance, edges, turns, etc. hopefully another year and i will have everything figure out
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ive got turning down and all. I say it took me a total of 20 hours of ride time to get. But no matter how long you ride you will always be learning and changing the way you ride.
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Ive got turning down and all. I say it took me a total of 20 hours of ride time to get. But no matter how long you ride you will always be learning and changing the way you ride.
so very true, even learning i notice i do something different every time ... then i end up having trouble remembering the next time i hit the slopes ...
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Old 02-15-2008, 07:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've rode a total of about 8 times, all this season. I was craving by my second time and riding the Greens pretty easily. I spent the next two times just staying around the greens and learning to transition and worked alot on heelside stopping, by the end of my 3rd day, I had tried my first blue and beefed it pretty hard toeside. By the end of my 4th day, I could ride the blues but at a pretty slow pace. The next three was spent on the greens and blues just getting my wits for speed and trying to polish my transitions at speed. Today, I rode the blues pretty much all day and worked on having some fun and taking what I've learned and taught myself and using it on the hill. I've only tried the Black Diamonds once, and I'm not ready for them yet.

I've found that if you just kinda set you mind and work on one thing at a time and get pretty good at it and used to the way it should feel, then it all kinda falls together nicely. I've also never skied which I'm told can make it harder to learn snowboarding. just stay with it, and you'll be shreddin in no time.
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