Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Tasmania, Australia (down-under down-under).
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Hey all, I'm hoping someone (or a few people) can help out with some snowboard advice for a newbie snowboarder?
Basic stats: 5'10" 220lb (fat bastard) size 9.5US. I've had three lessons plus a week spent on a snowboard. I can go, stop and link turns plus the usual stuff like catching a chair lift. I can generally complete a run without a face plant, although it can happen and is usually due to catching an edge at the wrong time. My experience so far has only been on piste using a rental. I have been skiing for years though.
After spending a week on a snowboard and loving it, I'm looking to buy one this year. My family and I are heading to Whistler in early December for a couple of weeks and while I'm over there I wanted to take the opportunity to buy a snowboard, boots and bindings (considerably cheaper than in AU). I haven't got a set budget, I'm just looking for some quality gear that will do the job for say 3 seasons, and something that will see me through the beginner level and into intermediate. I'm unlikely to spend all day in the park but I do intend to try and have some fun with ollies, getting a bit of air, rails etc., so I figure an all mountain/freeride board is probably the go.
I hope I have included enough info. If not, let me know.
I know it's a case of different strokes for different folks, and it's unlikely there will be a definitive answer, I guess I'm more after a couple of recommendations or things to look for when I'm presented with option in the store.
Thanks in advance.