Originally Posted by Lookingtolearn
Hi all new to the forums and has some questions about snowboarding. First off a little history. My current job that ive had for the last 13 years or so is a seasonal job that just happens to have me laid off in the winter. Now I have been looking for a recreational activity to do while being laid off. I decided I would take a look at snowboarding. There is alot of information on the web to the point that it is almost overwhelming. Anyway i see alot of places say dont buy, rent or use demo boards. The problem for me is the distance i have to trave to a rental place and mountain. There is alot of back country options where i live. Im 5'8" and about 205 lbs boot size 10-10.5 ive been looking at a used never summer premier 159cm they are asking about 259$ for it and it has flow m11 bindings. I dont know the year of the board or binding but they look to be in great shape. would this be a good board to attempt to learn on. Any advice would be great. Thanks!
Wow, your situation sounds a lot like mine. I learned by hiking up backcountry "bunny hills" at the base of big mountains (well out of any avalanche runout zones) and riding one area all day until I completely tracked it out. Then the next day I'd find another spot, then another. It was a lot of hiking, and not really glamorous. For someone used to easy runs on a lift I guess it was a lot of work, and I wasn't making long runs or anything, but it was a hoot anyways and well worth the effort. The good thing about bootpacking shorter runs in the same spot is that the uphill gets easier after the first couple of runs, because you've built yourself a stairway (at least in our snow).
I guess lessons are a good idea; everyone says that anyways. But if it's completely impractical then just go out and try it. Find a decent board/bindings on Craigslist or on clearance somewhere, buy well-fitting boots (and snowshoes if you need them), and go play in the snow. I don't know how much it will benefit you to learn to ride groomed snow at a resort if you're going to ride mostly softer snow anyways. If you have any friends who know what they're doing and are halfway decent at teaching, ask them to come out with you and give you pointers. I'd also recommend reading something like Snow Sense, to give you some idea about safe and unsafe terrain and conditions. And read the local avalanche forecasts before you go out. Even routes that might seem safe can be dangerous in the wrong conditions (watch
for a good example of that).
Anyways, just wanted to give you some positive vibes and say that learning from some instructor on corduroy isn't necessarily the only way to do it. Read a bunch, watch some videos on technique, then go practice. You're trying to learn something, so it may sometimes feel like work. That's okay. It's worth it. Be honest with yourself while you're practicing. When you fall, think about why, then learn to fix the problem. Also, try to fall on your butt, not on your face. In powder that means always keeping the nose up.