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03-16-2014 11:33 PM
EatRideSleep
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Originally Posted by f00bar View Post
Ya, I figure 2, maybe 3 more trips this season and conditions are going to be all over the place. So I'm not going to push. Though if i can get some more $40 privates I'll jump all over those.
Sounds like a good plan. Ha yeah, can't pass up that deal.

So, this might help with the download process. I instruct a bit in my profession (a different lifestyle sport). When my clients are learning something new - especially when they are struggling to master it or we're working on retraining an old habit - I end the lesson just after they have a moment of getting it, rather than when they've wavered back to their old habit/way. I find doing that helps the muscle memory and mind/body connection solidify what they're learning.

By the next lesson, sometimes they've gotten it on lock, sometimes they're almost there. But always improved for the next time, when we "end on a good note."

Perhaps you can try that with your son when you're doing runs together. He doesn't even have to know (at that age he probably doesn't care ). But if you see him get it, then waver, then get it again, suggest either calling it a day (if it's near that time) or stopping for a break. Even just a 5, 10, or 15 min span will help. Longer is ideal however.
03-16-2014 10:24 PM
f00bar
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Originally Posted by EatRideSleep View Post
Sounds like it went well! Give it some time; it may take him a bit of practicing what he learned until it downloads fully. Plus as you mentioned, icy conditions don't exactly with help trying something new.
Ya, I figure 2, maybe 3 more trips this season and conditions are going to be all over the place. So I'm not going to push. Though if i can get some more $40 privates I'll jump all over those.
03-16-2014 10:13 PM
EatRideSleep Sounds like it went well! Give it some time; it may take him a bit of practicing what he learned until it downloads fully. Plus as you mentioned, icy conditions don't exactly help with trying something new.
03-16-2014 08:58 PM
f00bar After a week off, a quick update. I had planned on a private lesson, but they were all booked for the day. I figured I'd take my chances and see how many showed up for the 2:00 group lesson. To my luck he was only one in his age group, so the $100 private turned into a $40 private.

Talked to the instructor and he confirmed it's a pretty common issue and he'd work it. He said he'd start with a run on the beginner slope just to see where he is and work from there. So not being a helicopter parent I disappeared and let him do his thing. About halfway through I did see him cruise by once down the regular slopes so that seemed like a good sign

At the end I went back over and saw he was back on the beginner area. Which kind of surprised me, but he was doing a nice heel to toe, etc S all the way down, about 10 turns linked, it's a pretty small slope. The instructor said from the get go he had no real issues nailing the toe on its own which was good, it was the linking he had trouble with in the beginning.

The only reason he went back to the beginner area was the rest of the mountain was pretty wind swept ice even in the afternoon and not very forgiving where as the beginner area warmed up nicely into some softer mashed potato.

We got 3 more runs in after the lesson. He's a bit more comfortable, still a lot of work. And even then the conditions were pretty icy, so he's still hesitant. And I'll sprinkle in some beginner slope runs throughout the day.
03-07-2014 08:00 PM
wrathfuldeity
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Originally Posted by chomps1211 View Post
Lol! Yeah,.. maybe!

In the meantime, maybe I should start working on some sort of "walker" attachment/accessory for geriatric snowboarders. I can get a Kickstarter campaign going and maybe BA could give it one of his awesome reviews!

I'll call it the "Octogenarian Outrigger!"
arm crutch with a snow skate attached or use a shower chair with a grom board on the bottom...
03-07-2014 07:07 PM
chomps1211
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Originally Posted by The Deacon View Post
sure ya will chomps! you'll just be 60!
Lol! Yeah,.. maybe!

In the meantime, maybe I should start working on some sort of "walker" attachment/accessory for geriatric snowboarders. I can get a Kickstarter campaign going and maybe BA could give it one of his awesome reviews!

I'll call it the "Octogenarian Outrigger!"
03-07-2014 04:26 PM
Deacon
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Originally Posted by chomps1211 View Post
For all the OP knows, he already does!!

True enough tho,.. Lotsa 12-16 year old kids on the hill who look like they grew up learning how to walk n run with a board strapped to their feet! Starting so late in life as I did, I don't think I'll ever develop that sort of "effortless" natural looking sense of balance and ease on a snowboard.


(Damn!! ...I just depressed the hell outta myself!!)


sure ya will chomps! you'll just be 60!
03-07-2014 04:23 PM
chomps1211
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Originally Posted by ItchEtrigR View Post
9 years old, keep him on the hill and by 14 he'll be snowboarding better than most of us replying to this post.
For all the OP knows, he already does!!

True enough tho,.. Lotsa 12-16 year old kids on the hill who look like they grew up learning how to walk n run with a board strapped to their feet! Starting so late in life as I did, I don't think I'll ever develop that sort of "effortless" natural looking sense of balance and ease on a snowboard.


(Damn!! ...I just depressed the hell outta myself!!)


03-07-2014 04:05 PM
ItchEtrigR 9 years old, keep him on the hill and by 14 he'll be snowboarding better than most of us replying to this post.
03-07-2014 03:33 PM
f00bar
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see if they have multi pack. I paid $75 for three semi-privates for my two. $150 total, and they were the only two kids in the lessons. does he have a friend who's parents might pony up?
I'm actually a little surprised that other than a friend of his who skis he is the only one he knows that hits the slopes. We are in western mass so not exactly snow country but still only a half hour away from some slopes. When I first offered to take my son I did offer to take his best friend but for some reason he didn't want to go. shrug. Kids can be strange.
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