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Old 01-21-2014, 09:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is anybody in the Seattle area nice enough to teach me how to snowboard? I have all of my own gear. I can't afford the lessons that the mountain charges...

I will cover your gas money and buy food for us.

I'm 20, and would prefer another girl my age to teach me and board with me, but anybody who is/has been an instructor before, I'd really appreciate a friend for this!
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't worry, everyone sucks at first. Just make sure you're wearing wrist guards and any other form of protection you feel is necessary so the falls don't leave you hurting. Stretch!

Not sure where you're at with your learning but if you can at least use a lift well enough I think you should get a season pass, pick the easiest green run and get out there and go for it. I think half the battle is just getting out there but if you do I believe you'll meet plenty of people who are willing to help you out. The snowprofessor videos are really good for beginners: How to Snowboard: Step 1 - Introduction to Snowboarding - YouTube

I suggest going on weekday nights and you'll have the place to yourself but enough people around so you don't feel lonely. If there are ever pow days be sure to go - as you can be extremely risky with little consequences. If the green you choose has a boundary of some sort, you'll find lots of deep snow near the edges that are great for trying things out.

I did my time on "Holiday" at Snoqualmie which is a like the easiest green run there. While I rode the lift, I would always watch other riders. Its pretty easy to tell what people are doing right and wrong, especially if you watch those videos. And you'll meet lots of other riders who I've always found to be helpful by answering questions or allowing you to ride with them.
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There are 2 golden words for a beginner.
Lean forward
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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There are 2 golden words for a beginner.
Lean forward
No idea what that means.

Anyway...
To the OP, you are on the right track.
Lessons are the best way to start out. They'll save you a lot of frustration.
While I'm sure there are a lot of members here who are self taught or had a buddy "teach" them, try to get those lessons.

Hopefully somebody in your area can help you out.
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Do you even have snow there? Lots of Seattlites are riding up here. I'd help you out...but being lecherous and old enough to be your dad, ya probably don't want to hang...and you'd have to come to Baker.
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There are 2 golden words for a beginner.
Lean forward
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No idea what that means.
/\ your not serious are you???

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hopefully someone on the forum can help you out. I don't recommend friends to teach you unless they have instructed before.

Not sure how this is received at other resorts, but, maybe hang around the bunny hill area while an instructor is giving lessons and listen and watch very closely. Poach some of the points he's teaching a group. Practice or mirror what they do but try to stay far enough away to not be to obnoxious about it. Not sure that can be done with this method but you get my point.

If he starts to give you looks or what not, just give him that awesome "hot co-ed smile" and I'm sure that will smooth over an ruffled feelings.

Stick with it, it does get easier
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No idea what that means.

Anyway...
To the OP, you are on the right track.
Lessons are the best way to start out. They'll save you a lot of frustration.
While I'm sure there are a lot of members here who are self taught or had a buddy "teach" them, try to get those lessons.

Hopefully somebody in your area can help you out.
99% of noob snowboarders lean back too far therefore you first lessonscare usually just paying someone to tell you to lean forward.
I just did it for free.

To the op. Go have a play, strap in, lean forward and you will start to travel in that direction. That alone will probably keep you busy for 2 or 3 days. Just learning to get your weight forward.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I was serious.
I've never heard that, both when I was learning in my lessons, or in the five years that I've been instructing.
I'm finally understanding why so many people complain about all the falls they take as beginners. Take lessons people. Trial and error isn't the way to go.

Slyder, let me ask you: are you serious about not knowing how other resorts feel about "poaching" tips from someone else's lessons?
I'd think it would be quite easy to figure out how they would feel about someone trying to scam a free lesson.
How do they feel about that at your resort?
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:33 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I just started snowboarding last year and this is how it went down for me.

I found videos from this site while browing youtube and watched them all. They cover everything really well and some of the stuff on there you can do without going to a hill. For example, skating and stepping .

I watch all of the 9 Beginner lessons numerous times before ever stepping on a hill and I am pretty confident it helped me a ton. I knew in theory what I was supposed to do with my weight, pressure to use to turn, etc. I had all the theory in my head, but didn't put it to use right away.

When it came to my first day I took a lesson which is something everyone should do. But the great part is that I already knew 90% of what the instructor was talking about. I just wanted FREE lessons on the net that were jam packed with detail. I knew the theory behind what I needed to do so now in the lesson I didn't need someone to tell me push here, pull here, lean here, etc. I knew how I was supposed to move and the time in the lesson was spent troubleshooting minor things.

Summary:
Save up enough money for a lesson
Prior to the lesson watch those videos
Practice what you can at home
After the lesson, practice practice practice.
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Dragon not trying to get into a pissing match here

On the forum, at the resort, with buddies that term seems to be universal for not having your weight centered, or leaning up the hill to much, etc.

Yes I don't know how other resorts take this. I have never traveled to a resort and hung out in an area that lessons are being given.
True, it isn't the best option and I did state that in a manner. With all this said I have seen this done by many many ppl. Could this just be local to my little Midwest resort, sure. Would it help her and is it the moral thing to do, depends on your value set.

Maybe I should have stated take some of that co-ed charm and just outright as the instructor for a quick evaluation or tip to help you out. Being in the customer service field I would think an instructor would/could/should take 5 mins to help a resort guest in this manner to help make their experience their the best possible. This could bring her and her friends back generating more revenue and at some point she had the money, hopefully she would as for this instructor by name and return the good will gesture in a private lesson.
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