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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-20-2010, 09:34 AM
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Advice for 1st time snowboarding

I'm going snowboarding for the first time this weekend. Doing a 3 day group lesson/lift/rental deal. I assume the way these usually work is the instructor gives you 2 hr of "training" and let you loose to go practice for the rest of the day? I'm going to call later to get the details. Oh another question is what does it mean by "beginner lift tickets". Does this limit my runs to snow bunny hill.

Anyways, any advice on what skill I should hone in on during my learning experience?
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The first skill(s) you should try to hone in on is linking your heelside and toeside turns.

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The first skill(s) you should try to hone in on is linking your heelside and toeside turns.
Are you referring to making the "S" turns?
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Actually, the first thing you need to learn is how to properly get yourself up off the ground after strapping in. You'll be doing a lot of getting up after you fall so learn that on flat land first. Then you will want to learn how to perform heel side stops. This is important so you can, well, stop lol. It also helps you to slow way down and come to a more pleasant crash if you feel sketch about the speed. Next you want to learn your toe side stops.

After you learn how to do these stops, you will have a basic understanding of how to use your edges. This is going to be the key aspect of your turns, skids, and carves.

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Perhaps I jumped the gun a bit. Maybe linking turns is not the "first" thing you should do, but it is very important and is something you should work on early in your trip.

Like Leo said, you definitely want to learn how to get off the ground first. Then learn to stop both ways, and as Leo also said, this will help you learn your edges. Then perhaps you may want to start trying to link turns. Linking turns is a fundamental skill to have for snowboarding

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I still remember the getting up part. It was an absolute pain to do lol. Then I had to learn how to get back up from a fall on a slope. That was even more fun

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I'm not sure I understand the difficulty in getting up? I guess I'll find out this weekend.
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lol @ Leo's recommendation. VERY TRUE. Nothing sucks more then falling 5 times within one minute because you don't have the balance down yet. I remember starting and say I'd fall forward. "No problem, let's try again", push myself up, move two feet and fall backwards. "Ok, that sucked", lift myself up, move one foot this time and fall forward. Repeat
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I'm not sure I understand the difficulty in getting up? I guess I'll find out this weekend.
Yea, I laughed at that too when I was told to learn that first. You'll see soon enough my friend lol.

I forgot to say, when you practice getting up on a slope, you have to dig your heel edge into it so you don't slide down and catch your toe edge causing you to fall forward. It's a balancing act.

The reason it is hard when you are first starting out is because your feet at strapped in at a set width to a snowboard. Meaning they are in a static position.

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biggest thing I like to tell first timers is DO NOT GET FRUSTRATED you are not the only beginner on the hill. Since you are new you will be doing alot of go ten feet fall go five feet fall etc etc . Its a very slow process and it will seem like you are the only one on the hill that cant ride. Small children will be screaminig by you but remember there are lots of other doing the same thing as you you just never see them because you dont catch up to them and they dont catch up to you ... see what I mean?
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