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Old 09-07-2007, 08:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Going to learn to snowboard this season...

What do I need to know before I start? Do you guys recommend buying my own gear or renting it at the resort? How can I train before I actually start snowboarding? What's a good beginners board?

Any advice you have is appreciated!


I forgot...what is Magne Traction? I've been hearing about it, but I have no idea what it is...

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Old 09-07-2007, 09:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey there!

First of all, super stoked to see that this'll be your first season and you're so excited about it already. What I would recommend is investing in a beginner package at your resort if they have it, which includes rentals, a lesson, and a day ticket. It's usually discounted and a real good price for beginners. It's always smart to rent your first couple of rounds just to make sure you're really in to snowboarding. I can't tell you how many friends I know who've tried it once or twice, bought a set-up, then decided they didn't like it anymore. Just how it rolls. So yeah renting is the way to go for now, no need to worry about "quality".

I wouldn't worry about "training" before snowboarding. Just staying fit is what's important, and making sure you take your calcium to prevent bone breaks ... lol. Because you'll be on your knees and ass a lot as a beginner. Words of advice: Don't get discouraged after the first day or so. It REALLY is harder than it looks, and it's super frusterating to see people whizzing past you effortlessly while you're still trying to falling leaf. But it's dedication that'll help you get to that point, so keep at it. Lessons are also real important: Make sure you get in a good lesson where you can really get some good time in with the instructor. If you have the cash, perhaps invest in a personal lesson. I've never had one, but I can imagine how beneficial it must be.

Magnetraction is a new type of edging that Mervin has produced. Most edges are flat and smooth, while magnetraction is kind of seraded and wavy, claiming that it has better edge hold on ice and shit. I've personally never tried it but out here where the groomers are like ice skating rinks, it might work out. I wouldn't worry about it though.

Hope that helped!
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Old 09-07-2007, 09:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help!

Yeah I'm really excited! I've wanted to learn to snowboard for around five years but nevr got around to it. So now I'm just trying to figure out a way to keep myself sane until the season starts I've been trying to skateboard...maybe that'll give me a little bit of an advantage.

I just have one more question, I saw this video about ollieing on snowboards. When you guys go off just plain jumps, do you normally ollie or just ride off it? I've been curious for a while.

Thanks!
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Old 09-07-2007, 09:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ollie.
but dont think about that yet. learn how to ride first, than go into the park. or else you'll put urself or/and others in danger.
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 09-08-2007, 12:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ok thanks! I just forgot one thing,padding. What sort of padding should I wear? I'm guessing they don't rent outerwear either like snowpants of jackets either. What type of padding and outerwear should I buy?
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Just get yourself comfortable snowpants, jackets and a toque.
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Old 09-08-2007, 12:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Just get yourself comfortable snowpants, jackets and a toque.
I have a good jacket and snowpants, but I think that they're to thick and hard to move in for snowboarding. I've seen some Burton jackets online. Are they good?
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Old 09-08-2007, 11:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Lots of good info. I self taught after skiing for 12 years.

I tihnk maybe this year I try a 1 on 1 lesson for 1/2 day would be fun
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Alright I picked up a copy of the Snowboarding Book and an issue of Transworld Snowboarding. Does anyone know about the freebords? They seem like a lot of fun. It also seems like something to keep me sane until the season starts
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