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01-27-2012 01:40 PM
ceridwen
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Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
Really, the most important thing about a lesson from a trained and certified instructor is they know what specific body movements to look for that are either not happening or are happening that is sabotaging the rider`s learning curve.

You are "self taught" so not only do you undoubtedly have some really bad habits that actually hinder good riding, but now you are passing those onto a person who is attempting to learn. You simply cannot do any kind of meaningful movement analysis that is actually going to identify where her problems are coming from.

This is not a slam against you; you simply do not have the training or even the riding experience to properly do the job. Just convince her to bypass another attempt and go straight for the lesson. The more you screw around with this the more frustrated she is going to become and the less likely she will ever become a snowboarder. Refuse to teach her for her own good. Hell, you might want to just take the lesson along with her because undoubtedly, you are going to pick up some tips and advice that will help you correct any bad habits you have developed and it will give her the moral support and make her feel good about herself if you say that you could do with a lesson too.
Definitely listen to this!

Also, a lot of people knock group lessons, but I actually really liked group lessons for the first few times I went out. It gave me a chance to watch what other people at my level were doing wrong and made me realize that I wasn't the only one out there who found it tough starting out. And the more frequent breaks meant I did not tire out as quickly. Now that I'm linking turns and tackling blue runs and need more one-on-one time from a lesson, I do private lessons but I still think the group lessons were the best thing for me starting out. And most places run really good deals on group lessons for getting started with boarding that might even save you money compared to getting just a lift ticket and rentals for you (especially this month, this is the last weekend you can get the "learn a snowsport" deals!).
01-27-2012 01:24 PM
EatRideSleep
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Originally Posted by NSXRguy View Post
We will get lessons

I am taking everyting in this thread into consideration, but she wants me to teach her one last time. I dont plan on boarding that day, ill just stay on the buny
Check this out if you're planning on going by the end of the month (January) Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

Resorts are offering deals for lessons, etc. Grab it while you can. That way you can ride while she lessons
01-26-2012 03:17 AM
IdahoFreshies
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Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
Really, the most important thing about a lesson from a trained and certified instructor is they know what specific body movements to look for that are either not happening or are happening that is sabotaging the rider`s learning curve.
wolf, slightly unrelated to this thread, but after more than 5 years thinking i was just absolutely terrible at explaining the mechanics of snowboarding and teaching people how to ride, in 2 days up on the hill, with a moderate amount of time actually teaching (i had to ride too), i have taught my friend who started out catching every edge every 5 seconds down a bunny hill, to being able to link turns down semi powdery blues with a fairly decent amount of speed. i felt slightly accomplished, i no longer think i suck ass at teaching. and dam, the run when it finally "clicked" for him, he looked like he had just won the x games he seemed so stoked!
01-26-2012 02:16 AM
dskache Dont got together untill you both can make it down the hill. See if she has a friend that wants to learn and have them do lessons together while you do your own thing(saves you from arguing about oh you left me on the hill i thought we were doing this together) Check up on them. You can sneak up the bunnies and spray the people with nice cold snow for the hell of it cause i find some kind of inner evil satisfaction from it too:\.
01-25-2012 09:19 PM
Efilnikufesin
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Originally Posted by NSXRguy View Post
We will get lessons

I am taking everyting in this thread into consideration, but she wants me to teach her one last time. I dont plan on boarding that day, ill just stay on the buny
Personally I learned on my own, so I tend to get impatient and unsympathetic without meaning to until I step back and listen to myself. Plus my triggers or action I had to concentrate on to achieve my first edge changes and linked turns are not necessarily the same triggers or actions that work for them. I would say get her a lesson (most people will listen better to someone they don't know) or if she is someone who is good at figuring things out themselves, leave them to themselves on the hill or have them bring a friend who is new too if they want company and let them watch what the other newbs are doing on the bunny hill and work off that.

In the end it reminds me of when my father always forced baseball advice/practice down my throat. He was a knowledgeable person about it, I just didn't listen as well because I didn't feel like hearing it from him. It's not done consciously but it happens regardless.
01-25-2012 08:24 PM
NSXRguy We will get lessons

I am taking everyting in this thread into consideration, but she wants me to teach her one last time. I dont plan on boarding that day, ill just stay on the buny
01-25-2012 07:12 PM
ShredLife
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Originally Posted by NSXRguy View Post
I will take one day and go back to the basics, starting from skating, gliding, and 1footed strapped in basic turns

Once i feel like shes progressing in these areas, well go a bit faster with gliding and strap the other foot on for 2 footed turns/stops and garlands

We plan on going again next tues... In the mean time ill have her do some exercised to strengthen her leg muscles some
dude are you fucking clueless? you've got a whole page of people here telling you to get her in a real lesson and you're still intent on ruining both of your days floundering on the bunny hill trying to hammer on shit that she already can't pick up from you teaching it?

you're just going to waste another day on suck.

if you're that stubborn then you deserve what you get, and if you're so broke that you or her can't afford a lesson then you shouldn't really be snowboarding

get a grip kid
01-25-2012 06:44 PM
NSXRguy I will take one day and go back to the basics, starting from skating, gliding, and 1footed strapped in basic turns

Once i feel like shes progressing in these areas, well go a bit faster with gliding and strap the other foot on for 2 footed turns/stops and garlands

We plan on going again next tues... In the mean time ill have her do some exercised to strengthen her leg muscles some
01-24-2012 09:59 AM
hhaidar I have to agree with what these guys are telling you. The lessons are SO worth it. SHe'll learn faster, and you'll both have way more fun. I'm a full time instructor and staff trainer and see the same thing all the time. Where are you located? I work at Sugarbush, (an hour from Killington). If you're ever going to be up this way let me know. The biggest thing to remember is that its supposed to be fun. If she's not having fun she won't learn anything nor will she want to try again. Best of luck to you guys!
-hanna
01-24-2012 06:42 AM
jlm1976
Lessons

Get her a lesson. Teaching your significant other is a challenge because it sets up a power struggle in the relationship. Doing that will ruin a good relationship and make a bad relationship worse. I've seen it wreck tons of relationships. Better to get her some lessons or split the cost on an all women's program. Long term, you'll both be happier. Short term, at the end of the day you'll be able to sleep in the same bed that night.

I've been teaching snowboarding for 12 years, AASI Level III certified, and staff trainer at a mountain for 7years. Last season my gf wanted to learn how to snowboard and asked me to teach her and her friend and I refused. She was annoyed but got over it when she and her friend were in a lesson and saw a couple yelling at each other on the bunny slope. Now, the only teaching I give her are advice when she asks for it.
She's improving, we have fun riding together all day, and can still stand to look at each other at the bar after a day of riding.
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