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Old 03-02-2009, 05:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First experience snowboarding, Don't bash too hard.

I definately should have started snowboarding way earlier (I'm 34 now and have been wanting to start for like 15 years).
Last week I went to Windham Mountain for the first time and these are my first impressions and questions.
There was only one beginners' slope there near the rest area that is almost flat that I was trying to learn on and yet I managed to fall down at least 100 times that day. I was too stubborn to hire an instructor and now I think I really should have hired one. My main problem was that I was losing control over the board once the board was sliding flat and I couldn't figure out how to regain control. After about 3 hours I felt like I just kept hurting myself, my knees, wrists and everything else were hurting (now, 3 days later i feel like I was beaten with a stick), but I was still having fun. So here are the questions:

- how long does it normally take to get up onto a medium height slope and at least come down without falling (how many trips)?

- should I hire an instructor to teach me the basics or try to figure it out for myself?

- did any of you have fear of heights before coming down a high slope for the first time? (when I look up and can barely see a person all the way up there I don't know if I'll be able to do it, is it normal?)

Thanks a lot for your input and please, don't bash me up too hard
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Old 03-02-2009, 05:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't ever try to ride the board FLAT. Ride edge to edge, from toeside to heelside. Never FLAT.
If it isnt a money issues, maybe you should swallow the ego and get an instructor or ask some kids or a friend how to do it properly.

How fast you learn is dependent on how fast you usually pick this up, how good your equipment is, I took quite a few trips (say like 15) spread over 2 years to bombing down more advanced slopes. The conditions I was riding in were horrible to boot, pure east coast ice.

I have a very real fear of heights, even today I don't feel comfortable on some super steep slopes. You just gotta say fuck it sometimes and just do it.

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Old 03-02-2009, 05:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I was teaching my girlfriend how to snowboard this Saturday also. Going straight isn't hard, you just lose your nerves when you start gaining speed when you're new to snowboarding. You're going to use your lead shoulder to point where you want to turn. Turning your shoulder will drag your hips in the same direction and then from there you'll be able to "steer" yourself in the direction you want to go or get the board at an angle where you can stop.

Stick with it. It's a ton of fun once you actually learn!
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I definately should have started snowboarding way earlier (I'm 34 now and have been wanting to start for like 15 years).
Last week I went to Windham Mountain for the first time and these are my first impressions and questions.
There was only one beginners' slope there near the rest area that is almost flat that I was trying to learn on and yet I managed to fall down at least 100 times that day. I was too stubborn to hire an instructor and now I think I really should have hired one. My main problem was that I was losing control over the board once the board was sliding flat and I couldn't figure out how to regain control. After about 3 hours I felt like I just kept hurting myself, my knees, wrists and everything else were hurting (now, 3 days later i feel like I was beaten with a stick), but I was still having fun. So here are the questions:

- how long does it normally take to get up onto a medium height slope and at least come down without falling (how many trips)?

- should I hire an instructor to teach me the basics or try to figure it out for myself?

- did any of you have fear of heights before coming down a high slope for the first time? (when I look up and can barely see a person all the way up there I don't know if I'll be able to do it, is it normal?)

Thanks a lot for your input and please, don't bash me up too hard
You don't need an instructor, I didn't have one and I started on blues. Just go with a friend that has a decent amount of experience, or hell, just ask someone for advice. Learn to stop before going fast, search youtube for videos on how to carve. At first you should get the basic heel edge falling leaf technique.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks, I am going to do that. I forgot to mention that I used to skateboard for many years and still can pull some nice heelflips, but hardly found any similarities between the two to stop myself from getting hurt
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks, I am going to do that. I forgot to mention that I used to skateboard for many years and still can pull some nice heelflips, but hardly found any similarities between the two to stop myself from getting hurt
there are some similarities but there are more differences than similarities. What board are you learning on?
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Im a newb also bro, you will be fine..... just do it! lol, I know it sounds lame, but thats all i did.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Just FYI, your better off looking at the hill map and finding a nice long green run to go down instead of the newbie area honestly.

Many times the newbie areas are so flat and short that they make learning a much more difficult process.

The key to actually snowboarding is speed, you dont need to be bombing down hills at 35mph but you need a decent incline to be able to practice proper technique. If its too flat you will just flail around and fall non stop.

Find a longer green run on the lowest lift and ride it down. You will get much more practice in not having to ride the chairlift so often, and progress much faster.

I see so many people at the bottom of the hill trying to turn at walking speed and just fall over and over.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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it was a rental Burton cruizer board with step in bindings. I bought my own but got the bindings too late. I wanted to get a budget set up so I got a Burton Bullet on Ebay (new for $130 shipped) and Drake 50's bindings. Would the board really make a difference for a beginner?
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The key to actually snowboarding is speed, you dont need to be bombing down hills at 35mph but you need a decent incline to be able to practice proper technique. If its too flat you will just flail around and fall non stop.

That is precisely what I was doing, falling non stop
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