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post #101 of 108 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 01:34 PM
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Started in November/December 2011, my husband asked if I would be interested in snowboarding (he'd wanted to learn for a long time but never had the chance). I said it sounded fun, and that's where it started.

We live in London, so we booked two fast track lessons at Milton Keynes indoor snowdome - started out with kneepads, impact shorts, and wrist guards. We found out exactly how skank rental helmets were on the first lesson and bought our own before the second lesson! The two lessons got us linking turns well enough to be allowed on the main slope (indoor domes require turns and speed control for safety reasons).

Our first time on the slope on our own, we made the mistake of going in the evening when the slope was really cut up with spots of hardpack everywhere. It was three hours of misery, and we nearly booked another lesson right away but decided to give it one more go. Next time out was an early morning session and we had the slope nearly to ourselves for an hour until it started to get busier. Everything just clicked for both of us, and we've never looked back.

We went on a flatlands/ollies course after a couple of sessions, and later in the year took a kickers course too. We had a week in the French Alps this January and loved riding real mountains; we're going back next January with the same group. Now the plan is to move to Colorado in a couple of years - bring it on!
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I just took the lift to the top of a blue and went. Was linking turns after a couple hours. Next day I went back and started taking hard blues and blacks. For some reason I picked it up extremely fast and very easily. When my girlfriend wanted to learn I had her do the same thing I did and it didnt work. She struggled for about 7 days and the farthest she got was snowflaking. So she took a 60 minute lesson and by the end of it she was linking turns. Poor girl. Not really sure why I picked it up so quickly. But I am glad I did. I dont think I could have survived 7 days of killing myself snow flaking
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I took lessons at Big Bear...the only thing that I learned was how to get black and blue. After that a buddy tried to help and after an hour we wanted to fight each other, which probably wouldn't have worked out for me as I was black and blue again...When my buddy and I were about to go to blows a girl I knew stepped in, gave me 15 mins (tops) of instructions and I have been riding ever since (12 years).

I think lessons can really help, but a decade ago I feel they were still fixing the kinks in the "lessons," part.
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Took me almost the whole of last season riding by myself knowing nothing at all and just concentrated on the learning more than the having fun part. I guess it's a fair amount of time considering i chose the hard way in from knowing nothing at all.

Looking back I am glad my mind won over matter and I held on to it even after countless bruises, painfull joints, a swolen knee, minor concussion, and binding split in half toe to heel because i am now comfortable carving switch.
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I took lessons at Big Bear...the only thing that I learned was how to get black and blue. After that a buddy tried to help and after an hour we wanted to fight each other, which probably wouldn't have worked out for me as I was black and blue again...When my buddy and I were about to go to blows a girl I knew stepped in, gave me 15 mins (tops) of instructions and I have been riding ever since (12 years).

I think lessons can really help, but a decade ago I feel they were still fixing the kinks in the "lessons," part.
I wish my instructors told me (or knew?) about turning with the front foot. Without that I have suffered for a good dozen snow days before I got my turns down.
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We live in London, so we booked two fast track lessons at Milton Keynes indoor snowdome
Another MK learner, you should check out the having a blast thread, bought back good memories for me.

I did a fast track lesson too, then a few trips to the dome, then being a PE teacher I got to go on several ski trips before I moved to NZ. Moving out of the UK for snow is the way forward!!!
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How I learned

1st day: I took a couple runs on a green circle, then took the lift to the top at BV and went down an easy black without even knowing it. Started working on easy tricks like Ollie's, tripod, butters, and started on wildcats (the wildcats didn't go too well).
2nd day: started going on harder blue and black runs and practiced tricks on the blues.
3rd day: I started doing some tricks on blacks.

Also just like my name, when I go to a mountain I get there right at opening time and don't leave until its closing time.
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