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Old 03-02-2009, 04:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have a pretty good board for a beginner - or so I have been told... (plus I hate to blame my tools for my crappy skills) - I have a Tech Nine Split T with MFM Pro bindings... the shop said it is a good "learner" board, but at this stage I really couldn't tell you the difference between it and a more expensive board - I really just need to stay vertical a little longer...
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Old 03-02-2009, 05:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I started snowboarding this year, I am 36. Now I enjoy snowboarding.

I know well about those frustration days, and the pain. I fell a lot. Two of them were heavyweight. Once I fell on the back of my head (fortunately, I wore helmet), I believed I suffered a minor concussion, got headache and sore neck for a week. Another time I injured my ribs, got a bit of worried after two weeks that it was still aching. But was on the slope again once the doctor told me the bones were OK.

Now you can link you turns, it is very close before you can feel the rhythm and build the confidence.

Highly suggest to read this post word by word,
"Learning to turn"

Get SLOW DOWN(travel cross the fall line a bit more) before you turn, my biggest problem was did not slow down before turns(heel-to-toe), once speed built up, panic, shift weight backward, try to turn, crash. Eventually, you will get faster and faster once you get the turns done right at the first place.

After this step, you can reference Snowolf's post in this,

I wear helmet, wrist guards, knee pads all the time.

Good luck.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:19 PM   #13 (permalink)
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You should watch all of Snowolfs videos on youtube
YouTube - Beginner Snowboard Lesson Part One

The rest are on the right side...just watch all of those a few times and take that knowledge up to the mountain. Its basically what a teacher will tell you anyways, but for free.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:26 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Don't try to break your fall and once you do fall, just go with it, don't try to stop the roll until you've actually tumbled a few times. Basically get your hands out from underneath you, keep your head away from the ground and other than that, pretty much go limp.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:51 PM   #15 (permalink)
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falling to me came easy becuase i played football, lacrosse and wrestled.

OP if you have done any other physical sports, just revert back to those skills of "learning how to fall". Along with the pads that the others have suggested, you will be fine.
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:52 PM   #16 (permalink)
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here's my three cents.
1) good ass pad is a big help. I was black and blue for my entire first season and then I made the investment. I still wear them every time just in case.
2) get mittens with a liner and a zipper. gloves make it hard to make a fist when you are crashing and you can end up hurting your wrist. I've never had a wrist problem since I started using mittens.
3) try not to go out when its really icy. this is a tough one to control but go after some recent snow or wait till the afternoon if the weather is going to warm up. Slushy conditions are really good for learning because everything is not only soft but also slow.

also, stay on the steeper slopes, much easier to control the edges.
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Old 03-03-2009, 02:06 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Sometimes for me.. it took a day of falling to understand how to fall 'right'?

example.. I was going to fast when I was 13 on a go-ped, downhill.. flew over the bars and landed on my shoulder and snapped my collar bone.. its all about how you fall.. use those damned knees, elbows and upper back. No wrists, and if your about to hit the snow, go limp.. I was watching a tv show on Tornados in the midwest.. and one teenager got sucked out of his home, and was flung about an acre or 2 away.. he survived because he passed out once he got sucked into the tornado.. his body was limp and asleep so when he hit the ground, he didn't break a thing, just bruised.

And I wouldn't blame all your pain on just 'falling'.. remember your now utilizing muscles that are mainly stabilizers, and like most people, they need a little time to get used to the new type of movments your doing.. I know if i've been lazy don't stretch etc, and jump on a mountain, I will feel it.. and I'm 23.

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Old 03-04-2009, 05:07 AM   #18 (permalink)
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predose....ibuprofen....helps keeps the swelling and pain down til after you get off the hill
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I just started this year, at the young age of 39. The first time out, I ended up bruising my tailbone and hurt both of my thumbs, I landed on my ass and knees so much I couldn't move much the next day, even though I was wearing knee pads. That was before a lesson. Time two, with lesson, my first time on the greens ended with me spraining my ankle getting off the chair lift lol. Both were with rentals, ill fitted boots, but second time the board was better a 155 Rosi Accelerator. In April it will be my third time so I bought a board, a 156 Rosi Scope, my own boots (Burton Motos) and skeletools impact shorts. I'm going to take some more lessons so I won't suck so much. I know the pain is part of the learning curve, but when you get older it takes longer to heal.
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:59 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by wrathfuldeity View Post
ibuprofen....helps keeps the swelling and pain down til after you get off the hill
I agree. I've gone 9-10 times and I always take iduprofen afterwards.

Now I'm a bit better I don't fall very often but when I do many times it is a hard fall. I always were wristgaurds and a helmet.

One thing to keep in mind is take things easy and slow on your first couple runs. Conditions are always different and it takes some time to get used to the current conditions. This will help build some confidence and help you 'warm up'.
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