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post #11 of 108 (permalink) Old 12-10-2010, 01:43 AM
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I learned by watching a ton of youtube "how to snowboard" videos prior to my 1st day on the hill. Once on the hill I just had to put into practice what I had watched.

1st day = Falling leaf
2nd day = Linking turns

By the 4th day I was bombing down some steep blues. Snowboarding has the steepest learning curve out of any sport I have tried!
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Never stopped learning.

Originally Posted by jacob22 View Post
i was the only one that nvr boarded b4, so it was either be a loner and learn a the bunny hill...or go up to do runs with my friends
turns out all my friends were reli good,
nvr b4 and reli is not cool. Please put more effort into your spelling, that is hard to read. Makes you look like a 11 yo.


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I use to ride my little plastic snowboard when I was 10 all the time. Lost interest because boxing took up everyday of my life except sundays. Two years ago a few friends and I decided to give it a shot, bought used boards and watched each other roll down the steepest hills we could find. By the end of the year we were seeing who could go the fastest down my hare scramble trails in the woods and eating shit off jumps. Last year we bought new set ups and started going to the local resorts and first time there accidentally went down a double black diamond trail and made it. We then went over to a blue and for some reason my friend kept getting slammed. Second time out we were having the time of our lives at the terrain parts. This year we are going to focus more on the terrain and try and find some nice powder in the mountains.
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Hey guys and gals,

First post! The first time I had stepped in snow was last year at Steamboat (Im 29). So stoked to be there, ready to board. My only prior board sport experiance was perhaps 2 waterski days worth of busting my ass.
I enrolled in lessons since the package was actually cheaper than rentals and lift tickets. If it wasn't for this, I wouldn't have took lessons. Probably a good thing I did. The first day of a group lesson, I couldn't even stand up on the board. I figured it was hopeless as I was only going to be there for 3 days.
Let me backup to say, in my awe of the mountain, I had jokingly asked the ski rental dude "What are the chances of going down a black diamond after 3 days." He looks me up and down and says "No way." Bet on!
Day 2. By then end of the day, I had mustered up the skill to do the training slopes and linking turns.
Day 3. Judgement day. The instructor says Im ready to try a gentle blue hill (if there was such a thing). Up the lift I go. Grab my balls and off I go, and made it down without falling. Oh yeah. Enough of this blue crap, lets do the damn thing.
Approach the edge of the black diamond and I knew I was done for. Gotta do it anyway....the rental dude said I couldn't right? Off I go.
While I'm not going to sit here and inflate the story to say I hit a 720 by accident, I was most definitly out of my comfort zone, probably going about 20-25 mph. My arms were probably flailing about and it looked like I needed medical attention, but I stayed up, and promptly got my ass off that slope in search of a gentler blue. By that time my thighs were on fire from trying to slow down heelside, and I forgot where I was for .00000000000001 of a second. While I was in the air reflecting on my mistake, I remembered to not catch myself with the wrists, so I took it like a man....on the forearms, punching myself in the face with a closed fist and breaking my Oakley metal sunglasses. Nasty black eye, and audible laughs from my wife for weeks.
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I learnt at Keystone. I was working there any my brother had sent me there with his old board. I had skied up until that point. As I worked days I used to ride the bunny hill at night. Never had a lesson but the lifty used to give me tips. Spent a couple of nights there. Once I started riding with the guys I worked with I could either ride by myself on the greens or ride blues and blacks with them. As said above its a very steep learning curve. I'm still very grateful to those guys as I think without the push I may never have tried some of the harder stuff.

So many runs so little time.
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Skiied almost my entire life, starting when I was 3 years old.

When I was 12 I rented a snowboard at Alpine Valley (small hill/bump in Michigan) with no idea what I was doing.

Took the entire night but eventually figured it out, after falling probably 300 times. First day pretty much learned the "falling leaf" method where you stay on your heelside edge the whole time, then started doing the same but on the toeside edge... then linked them together. I was hooked instantly.

Went soon after that and bought my first gear: Burton A49 (A = all mountain), RED bindings (yes, they used to make bindings before they even made helmets, etc.) and some Burton Work boots.

I was still much better at skiing than I was at snowboarding at that point, and every year I would go with my Dad and his friends on ski trips out west. Mostly Colorado, but also went to Tahoe and Utah. We always rode blacks and double blacks... so I would always ski (couldn't keep up on the snowboard).

After I was about 15 or 16 I quit skiing forever. Bought a new board when I was 19 (Ride All Mountain 155) and kept the old shitty bindings, and bought Burton Hail boots in about 2003ish.

Just bought a pair of Burton Cartel's from about 04-05' on craigslist last year - light years ahead of those 15 year old RED bindings. Wow, what an upgrade haha.

Now I just bought a Banana Magic (2010) and I'm probably going to get the Rome Targas. Keeping the Hail boots.

Between the age of 12 and 26 (which is how old I am now), I've probably taught 10-20 different people to snowboard (my dad, cousins, mostly friends). Last year was the first time I really got to tear it up on my snowboard out west. 5 dudes, all pretty good riders, riding for 4 straight days line open to last call in Colorado.

I've found that the easiest way to teach them is the falling leaf method. Help them first get a hold of that heelside edge so at worst they can just slid straight down (like you would when you come to a stop on your heelside edge). Then slide to their right and come to a stop again. Then slide to the left and come to a stop again. Eventually they'll be comfortable with their heelside edge. Then start them off on their toe side edge doing the same thing: slide right, stop. Slide left, stop. link. After they master both edges... then they can start linking turns.

Sorry for the super long post... but that is how I taught myself and taught many other people. I consider myself a pretty good rider now in that I will ride any part of the mountain (any mountain, not limited to Michigan obviously) (blue, black, double black, skull & cross bones). Never was interested in the park though.

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Tried to learn on my own but that didn't get good results. Then I found this website and it helped me tremendously. It would be right to say I learned to snowboard from Snowolf.
I second this. I've also had 1 private lesson, and I've watched some youtube videos.

day 1/2 falling leaf, garlands
day 3/4 sloppy turns
day 5 good turns
day 6 controlled turns on steep blues/garlands on blacks
day 7 We'll See!

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I went with a college buddy that fortunately stayed with me and taught me the basics...last season was my first full season and I can link turns and get down the mountain on not too steep blues. I want to clean this up this season and also work on riding switch as I think that will be important if I ever want to do 180s. It just takes run after run after run. Build some confidence and f*** other people who laugh, cause they were all there too. Just have some fun!
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I skateboarded for a long time before I got a little plastic target snowboard. I wasn't any good at skating or snowboarding, but I knew enough to balance. The only problem was that I'm goofy, and the boards come regular(I didn't know you could switch them). But now that I'm into it, I guess it was for the better. Backyard snowboarding switch for 3+ years helps out with switch comfort in the long run.
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I taught myself. Being from the southeast, I already had years of experience wakeboarding which seemed to transfer pretty easily.

1st Day - Leafing
2nd Day - Linking Turns
3rd Day - Could pretty much ride blues / greens comfortably.

Still the hardest thing for me is keeping my weight forward, I wakeboard 9 months out of the year and travel 2-3 times out West for boarding.
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