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Old 12-02-2013, 06:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got back from my first snowboarding trip during the week of Thanksgiving and I'm hooked! Thanks to all of the advice everyone on here gave me back in Sept / October. The time I took fitting my boots definitely paid off...they were perfect. I also took the advice most folks on here provided and took some private lessons. Both the lessons and incorporating more stretches / snowboarding specific exercises into my workout routine prior to the trip definitely helped me make rapid progress.

I fell a good bit the first day, but was linking turns by the end of it. After another half day lesson I was confidently riding the green runs (making down without falling). I stuck to green runs for most of the week and gave a shot at a few blues. I met my brother and his family out in Lake Tahoe, so the early season conditions weren't all that great. We were at Northstar and they were making snow every night. I can't complain too much for my first trip though. It was good to see family and learn to board. I spent about 5 hours a day snowboarding and hung out with family for lunch and in the evenings. Good times.

I've already booked my next trip during Christmas to CO. I only wish I would have started snowboarding sooner -- guess better late than never.

Thanks again to everyone on here for the advice and support!

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welcome!

Now all you need is an NS Raptor and some HUD goggles and you will be set.

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Haha…I actually bought a Burton Custom Traditional Camber, Cartels, and have Giro goggles. Cheaper in the long run to have your own gear. I also wanted to learn on traditional camber before moving to the hybrid stuff…kind of counter-intuitive, but I live on the east coast and if I decide to ride here the camber should help with the ice.

Thanks again to everyone for all of the help. I'm really stoked about my next trip in a few weeks.
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I just got back from my first snowboarding trip during the week of Thanksgiving and I'm hooked! Thanks to all of the advice everyone on here gave me back in Sept / October. The time I took fitting my boots definitely paid off...they were perfect. I also took the advice most folks on here provided and took some private lessons. Both the lessons and incorporating more stretches / snowboarding specific exercises into my workout routine prior to the trip definitely helped me make rapid progress.

I fell a good bit the first day, but was linking turns by the end of it. After another half day lesson I was confidently riding the green runs (making down without falling). I stuck to green runs for most of the week and gave a shot at a few blues. I met my brother and his family out in Lake Tahoe, so the early season conditions weren't all that great. We were at Northstar and they were making snow every night. I can't complain too much for my first trip though. It was good to see family and learn to board. I spent about 5 hours a day snowboarding and hung out with family for lunch and in the evenings. Good times.

I've already booked my next trip during Christmas to CO. I only wish I would have started snowboarding sooner -- guess better late than never.

Thanks again to everyone on here for the advice and support!
Don't worry about conditions. My first two trips out were Tahoe and Denver but it didn't matter I was trying to learn to link turns, with no lessons.
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I couldn't agree more. Conditions were fine for me...I was just happy to have snow to ride on at this point. It was interesting to feel how the snow changes throughout the day though.
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welcome!

Now all you need is an NS Raptor and some HUD goggles and you will be set.

That's what I'm missing! I always wondered how fast I was bombing down that bunny hill.
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Damn, now you tell me to get the NS Raptor. Sure would have been cheaper then spending all of my savings on that Kessler Alpine to look cool. And HUD goggles -- come on man -- I sprung for the X-Ray Vision Goggles. Who needs yoga pants when you got X-Ray vision. Definitely makes hanging out at the lodge legit.
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