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Teaching a skier

Heading to the local hill tomorrow with a skier friend who wants to learn snowboarding. I offered to help him learn but I have never taught anyone before. Any tips I should know for teaching? I'm hoping to get him linking turns by the end of the day but it's been a long time since I was learning and don't really remember the best ways to learn.
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Help him find his way to the ski school building.
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Help him find his way to the ski school building.
Can't afford lessons meng
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there was just a Huge thread about teaching a reluctant learner, there's gonna be a shitload of overlap
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there was just a Huge thread about teaching a reluctant learner, there's gonna be a shitload of overlap
Oh shit, nvm I guess I should use the search tool
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Yup read the other thread. But the specific problem with skiers is that they tend to have a hard time positioning their shoulders. You'll have to tell him a million times but constantly push the shoulders in line with the board. Skiers spend most of their time looking down hill and they bring that over to snowboarding and you have to coach them out of it. Also weight and turning all belongs to the front foot. That's where to start.
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A few private lessons will cost less than the equipment you will need to get to start riding. Even less so if you sign up for group lessons. It will make the whole experience much more enjoyable for both of you in the long run.
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dont force him to link turns for awhile...unless he is ready.

heelside slide down the mountain ...then heelside slide left, then right down the mountain.

do that a few dozen times...

then do it with the toes....

start the first turn from heelside to toeside, not toeside to heelside.

Teach him not to put hands down to catch the fall. ONly out and a bit to the side to allow the forearms to break the fall.

Once he is ready to commit to a turn, tell him it feels very unnatural and will come more natural the more he does it, but he must commit to the turn .

Also - make sure when he turns he isnt leaning back in fear on his back leg.
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The good news is that he's going to be used to moving on snow, so he'll pick up the feel for his edges and for turning much faster.

The only real issue is probably going to be body positioning, which can take some time to get used to. I know it felt really weird when I tried skiing after snowboarding/surfing/skating for so long, but once you get the "feel" for your new body positioning, it's pretty much a breeze to switch back and forth between skiing and boarding.
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