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12-21-2010 11:16 PM
Magnum626 Hope you have a good instructor. Mine sucked first time out, sorta like he was forced to teach the class but that was 15 years ago.

Don't try to hard. (picturing that scene from forgetting sarah marshall) I was trying so hard the first few times I tried boarding. It didn't click until I finally relaxed my body and stopped 'forcing' my turns.

Have a good time.

Have a good time.

Definitely pre-dose with motrin and get some good rest the night before.

Did I mention have a good time?
12-21-2010 04:51 PM
neednsnow Laugh, Smile, Fall, Giggle, be Sore, you know all of that. Here's my advice, mainly a reiteration of what others have said.

3. Love the edges! If you ride the board flat, you are essentially riding the fence between two feisty board edges. If you catch the wrong one, you'll get a little ass-whooping. However, if you narrow the edge that makes contact with the snow to one-at-a-time and make your turns from edge to edge you'll have control of the board.

2. Learn that you will need to point your board downhill. Too many people are afraid to point downhill because boards gain speed in that direction. However, it is necessary, even if for a quick second, to successfully complete a turn.

3. Learn to get comfortable with speed. Not blowing down the mountain speed, but the board needs speed. You need to go from point A to point B to make a turn and there is distance between those two points and the only to get there is by moving.

4. Get from greens to blues real quickly. Blues are slightly steeper, but as someone said greens are often too flat for snowboards. Also, greens tend to have more people on them that tend to get in your way. On greens, most people are newbies and can't maneuver around you. On blues, most people can see where you are and what you are doing and go around you. I'd be willing to bet that more collision accidents happen on greens than blues and blacks, if for no other reason than sheer numbers.

Have fun!
12-21-2010 12:27 PM
arnold757
The First Day

On your first day snowboarding you should go up on a weekday or find a slope with almost no one on it. You want lots of room to room to get the feel of your board. When you start snowboarding you are not under full control. It's easy to avoid large objects, like the forest, but when you have small moving objects all around you it's more dangerous and less fun.
12-20-2010 04:32 PM
vitrify If you're going four days in a row, for six hours a day, prepare to feel some serious soreness by the second or third days. It was hell for me, getting out of bed on the third day, but I went through with it, and it was the third day that I was really able to start linking turns and going down the hill. Snowboarding will hurt much less once you stop falling, and stop heelsiding down the hill. Try to avoid heelside/toesiding down the whole hill, 'cause it'll burn your muscles like hell, not to mention you look like crap. Alternative between the two gives each set of muscles some time to relax.
12-20-2010 03:50 PM
GSXRBry Lessons to start are always beneficial, hell..lessons at any level are great. Don't be afraid to ask the instructor questions. You're paying for it so get all the knowledge you can..some people in the group will pick it up faster, pay no attention to them (unless they're offering advice) since this can intimidate and hamper your progression. Hit up youtube and google to check out some beginner videos before you go. Don't get discouraged..you can do this! Above all, have fun! Having a terrible time can make you not want to go again.
12-20-2010 02:49 PM
seanboobs When I started in the 7th grade it took me around a year to have my balls drop and go for linking turns. As long as you can get over the silly fears you're golden. Once I did one TINY s-turn it just happened, in the next few years I progressed past everybody in my high school and family. So once you get it, you just get it. Expect to fall and hate it for a few days or possibly more then prepare to fall in love. I swear if my board had a vagina I would f*ck it till it snapped hahha
12-20-2010 01:26 PM
AdrenalinPlease The info given is fantastic!!! I did not listen to anyone when I started snowboarding, I went straight from skis to a board. It hurt for a good couple days but I picked it up quick, if I had taken lessons I would have progressed much faster and more technically sound. I think I might take some lessons to get better.
12-20-2010 12:55 PM
carsbybigd Good thing you are getting a lesson[perhaps 2 or more will greatly help] Above all else LISTEN to your instructor [I tried teaching my son and he thought he knew it all so he didn't listen to me and struggled,got him a lesson and he was taught the same things I tried to pass on but listened to a stranger].Like everyone else said ..be prepared to fall and fall and fall.You will get it in time so don't worry about going down Blue's or blacks. Enjoy.
12-20-2010 11:17 AM
HoboMaster
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Originally Posted by JoeR View Post
Don't worry about timetables. Your goal is not to meet a schedule, nor to match the pace of progression claimed by some other rider. Instead, just try to improve each time you go out. For each session, your goal should be to do something you couldn't do before, or to do something better than you could do it before. If you improve steadily, the speed of your improvement won't matter.

Don't hit the blues until you can go down the greens smoothly and confidently. If you're still sideslipping much of the time, and/or falling after every second turn, when on the greens, there's no point to transferring those techniques to the blues just so you can say that you went down a blue.
Totally true, keep in mind however that many resorts green runs are painfully flat, and let me tell you, there is nothing harder then making turns when you are barely moving. Speed, just enough of it mind you, is very beneficial to linking turns.
12-20-2010 10:56 AM
JoeR
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Originally Posted by evilfeline007 View Post
So 4 days and 6 hours of lessons should get me in the ball park of what abilities/level of runs? Will I finally get off the greens?
Don't worry about timetables. Your goal is not to meet a schedule, nor to match the pace of progression claimed by some other rider. Instead, just try to improve each time you go out. For each session, your goal should be to do something you couldn't do before, or to do something better than you could do it before. If you improve steadily, the speed of your improvement won't matter.

Don't hit the blues until you can go down the greens smoothly and confidently. If you're still sideslipping much of the time, and/or falling after every second turn, when on the greens, there's no point to transferring those techniques to the blues just so you can say that you went down a blue.
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