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Old 12-04-2013, 04:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone!

Winter is back and so am I! I wasn't posting over the summer because... I had nothing to say. Trip to EU was fun. Too bad it was in June

I'll be starting my second season next weekend, complete with a fresh new season pass. Since I still consider myself a complete noob, I am planning to get a couple of lessons again (group lessons, since I can't possibly afford private). So, my question is, do you think it's a better idea to get lessons on the first day out, or on the second?

I don't know how much I've forgotten and I doubt snowboarding is anything like "riding a bicycle". The plan is either: try to remember stuff on my own on the first day and then take a lesson to advance a bit/learn new stuff on the second, OR: lesson the first day, futz around on my own on the second. Do I risk being re-taught a lot of stuff I already knew, but no longer know I knew?

Any advice will be much appreciated. And I apologize for the tl;dr nature of this post.
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd have a lesson on the second day. Find your feet on the first, get used to being back not the snow and see where you're at. That way you can take better advantage of the lesson by not wasting part of it getting back into the swing of things.

That's what I'm planning anyway, I'll be on a new board this season so I'm going to ride for a few days, get used to the board and being back on the snow then get a lesson the following week. It's included with my season pass also so I might as well take advantage of it.

I also like the idea of using a lesson as an opportunity to learn a bit of a new mountain early on.
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Snowboarding is exactly like riding a bicycle. At least for me I find a turn or two and then I'm right back into it...

That said, most lessons I've seen start mid-morning. Why not book one on day one, but get to the hill early for some "warm up" laps?!?
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i'd play it by ear, decide once have some laps in, they will fit you in a group somewhere on very short notice usually...maybe you won't even need a lesson and you can spend the $ on beer
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice, everyone!

I especially like the idea of getting to the mountain bright and early on the first day for a few laps, but unfortunately, there is one in our group who is a rather... slow riser. Besides, I have to get all the season pass stuff squared off that morning as well. So I guess I'll try to get back into it Day 1 and see if I need or want a lesson Day 2. I think I can reserve it for the longer Christmas trip if it comes to that.
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People that are slow risers can meet me at lunch. Even the fiancee knows, if she's not ready to go on time, I'll go alone! Can't stand fighting for a parking spot, then waiting in line for the chair, etc.

First the the hill has the most fun!
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People that are slow risers can meet me at lunch. Even the fiancee knows, if she's not ready to go on time, I'll go alone!
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no doubt, life is too short to wait...and a day is even shorter.
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People that are slow risers can meet me at lunch. Even the fiancee knows, if she's not ready to go on time, I'll go alone! Can't stand fighting for a parking spot, then waiting in line for the chair, etc.

First the the hill has the most fun!
Great plan, if said slow risers weren't the drivers... I don't even own a car, so I really don't think I should be bitching about it
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