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Old 02-20-2011, 01:05 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I started about 8 or 9 years ago when I was about 10. I took a lesson the first day I went and just used that to get me down the hill. Next season, I took another lesson to learn how to link turns. From then on, I pretty much taught myself and learned from experience. I think it was 2 seasons ago where I noticed that I could truly carve on black diamonds. I fell that I've hit a ceiling for freeriding, so this season, I started to step it up in the par and I can now link turns on black diamonds switch.
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Well we are always learning and perfecting because we are people
But I personally was linking turns my second day, and first hit a box on my fourth.
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:26 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Well for me it was back in 1988 and I was like 12, I hadent even seen a real snowboard till a year later. We used to take our trucks off our skateboards and ride them down a big hill tail first. The object was just to stay on for as long as possible.
I guess I picked snowboarding up real quick from skateboarding. I caught a few edges like everyone else starting out, but I was linking turns my first day just from watching others and trying to copy them.
Then it was all about keeping up with my fast friends.
Now it's at the point where I am relearning it switch.
So like the others said, your always kind of learning.

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Old 02-21-2011, 06:11 PM   #44 (permalink)
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In 2003, I flew across the USA and visited my uncle in NorCal... he took me to Tahoe and I saw snow for the first time ever, at the age of 21 (I grew up in FL). I was blown away just by the sight of it, since I'd always dreamt about it as a kid. He gave me an informal lesson and a spare board, and by the end of the day I was ripping down the bunny slope at Soda Springs. He tried to take me on a powder run and I kept up with him for a while, but eventually sunk in a flat and had to walk out for 30 minutes, so I sort of thought powder sucked after that. 2nd and 3rd day he took me to Sugar Bowl and by the end of the 3rd day I was doing steep blue runs with him, and eventually nearly knocking myself out on one of those runs (THROUGH a Pro-Tec helmet).

From 2004-2009 I had no more than 5-6 sessions while visiting friends in Colorado (still living in FL and shortly TX). Hard to progress only riding 6 times in 6 years on different rental gear, but I still managed to get pretty confident on most blues and even got a second chance at shallow powder with better luck than my first.

In late 2010 I moved to NorCal and this winter I've had just over 10 sessions in Tahoe on my OWN board finally! It's a dream come true of course... 2 weeks ago I did my first black run and yesterday I did my first double black... by accident amusingly enough (stuck out on top of the middle of the Cornice at Kirkwood and decided I'd go over rather than walk back to the lift), but then I went on to do a few more on purpose. Of course, I wouldn't have done any of these runs in "normal" conditions, but the ridiculous amount of powder Tahoe got in the past several days made everything pretty painless and easy to control my speed on. Also had some of my longest deepest powder runs and didn't end up TOO buried anywhere... and fortunately only on steeps so I could get going again.

Definitely still learning! Stoked to do a double black on my 20th ever session, but still have a lot of improvement to do on my carving and my handling of bumpy terrain.

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Second Day: Practiced all the drills: falling leaf, J, S, carve, etc. and went from greens to a double black. First double black was mostly falling through like 80% of the trail because it was just sliding on my back since it was so steep. But learned from it and was only falling maybe 20% of the way throughout that same trail by the end of the day. It was a chute under the lift so some ppl must've had fun watching me. lol I actually remembered the name (Ripcord...at SugarBush, VT).
Damn, and here I was being proud of double black on 20th day! Nice progression... and I know what you mean about learning from reading. I've learned a lot from this forum and other places online to get me started carving... my favorites are the drills here.

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Old 02-21-2011, 09:13 PM   #45 (permalink)
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I grew up in the south so no snow hobbies until I was an adult. I opened an outdoor magazine one day and saw an ad for Winter Park, CO with a snowboarder in it. Decided at that minute to book a trip and learn to snowboard. Took a few trips each year and decided to move to Northern CA so I could ride more. I was technically "riding" by my 3rd day of riding.

My son started out skiing the same year I started riding because he was to young to board. He was 6 and back then (12 years ago), they wouldn't let kids take snowboard lessons until they were 8 yrs old (at Winter Park at least). He was ticked off but he rode his skis like a trooper. The next year we fibbed about his age and put him in lessons at 7yrs old. It's amazing how fast kids pick up riding. He was essentially riding in control and at decent speeds by his 3rd day.

So, to anwer your question, we both learned through lessons because I felt that was going to offer the fastest learning curve. It took us about 3 days to get the basics down and be able to control the board.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:16 PM   #46 (permalink)
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i started back in early january of this year and i took my time in learning to snowboard. i figured winter's long, and theres no rush to get to the double blacks, and i'm not gonna hit the park ever because my work expects me to be there the next Monday, so why not just spend time on the basics?

first day i went i signed up for a 2 hour lesson, then sideslipped 90% heelside 10% toeside the way down the bunny hill the rest of the day. i did 9 laps that day, going 0/9 on the chairlift dismount. absolutely embarassing, considering i was the only guy that didnt fall when my group learned it on the little slope on the base area.

came back the next weekend and this time sideslipped 50-50 on both edges, and at the end of the day i was doing falling leaf on heel side, but still sideslip on the toe side. thats ok by me. also, chairlift dismounts are now 9/15 laps. not bad.

came back on the next tuesday, and this time falling leaf on the toe side, with garlands on both edges by the end of the day. chairlift dismount now 100%, so yeah getting cocky.

next saturday, i decide to learn how to link turns. heelside was good, almost natural, but toe side resulted in a painful wrist, bloody chin, and a throbbing front knee. but i suffer through the pain and by the end of the day i was doing wide C-turns down the bunny hill. cool sh!t, i say to my self, you're hardcore now.

the next weekend (a few weeks ago), i say good bye to the bunny hill forever and crack my goggles in the actual green runs because i'm trying Snowolf's dynamic skidded turns. I AM THE MAN i say to myself.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:02 PM   #47 (permalink)
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just started january of this year by going up with a buddy the first time. Went down blues just out of control hauling ass down the mountain until i learned some control on the 2nd day out. then from there i progressed to black diamonds, then to the terrain park hitting some boxes and medium jumps, to trying out the moguls on the double black which were a disaster the first time trying.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:16 PM   #48 (permalink)
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I guess I'm a slow learner

I started skiing around 2001 when I went with a few friends during college. I think I went a total of 3 or so times over a few years. On whim, one day, we all decided to try snowboarding instead, I think this was after we graduated around 2004. So we all signed up for lift/rental/lesson deals.

We were all pretty awful, but I think at least in the beginning, I could 'go' and 'stop' across the green runs. When I tried to link turns, I fell, so like most people I think I was sore after day 1.

For some reason, I stuck with it, when most of my friends ran back to skiing. I continued doing rental/lift/lesson packages, skipped the lessons, until I figured out that with rentals I was always getting a different board, and a different binding setup. I also hated the rental/return lines...

So I bought a crappy board (Snowjam), a crappy set of bindings (Ride LX), and on advice from the salesman, splurged on comfy boots (Salomon Diadems). At least my feet were comfortable and my setup was consistent now.

From around 2005 to 2009... I would go a only a few times a year. Around 2 or 3x. I had trouble finding friends to go with, or I was too busy, or I couldn't afford it. I even completely skipped some seasons. I never took it seriously, and I was still falling trying to link turns and so on... I think I completely skipped the 08/09 season.

In 09/10', my friend linked me on some deal for lift tickets. I took my snowboard out of the closet and went, and for some reason, I told myself I was going to make it down a green run without falling. I did that... then I told myself I was going to make it down a run with real turns (not sloppy riding an edge... anywhere)... and I did that.

I went home thinking I had accomplished something, and right away found lift tickets for the next weekend. Next weekend on the hill, I tried a blue... I feel every 10 feet. I figured out I was getting scared of speed and leaning back... so I went back to greens and told myself that I was going to speed down a green. I bombed a few greens, I sped down the next few times, practicing turning quicker, then put myself on a blue again. Well... I did fall, but I did a lot better.

The season ended, and 2010/11. Sadly I was so busy at work, I didn't get to the slopes until January. I missed the Nov. storms at Tahoe . But when I finally got on the slopes, I took the blues. I still fall a few times, especially when it's choppy and I get bounced around... but I was excited because doing blue runs, I could ride different chairs all over the mountain and wasn't stuck on the bunny hill. I felt like a broke through a wall...

I found this forum... read a bit. I got sick of my crappy board and my crappy bindings, and with some help from people here, I ordered new ones. The storms finally came back to Tahoe, so I hit the slopes with my old crappy gear before waiting for my new stuff to arrive.

I took a lesson... instructor seemed to like how I handled the blues, so he took my to a black diamond. I fell... alot xD but I made it down.

My new board arrived yesterday... Never Summer Infinity can't wait to take it to the slopes. I keep staring at it propped against the wall xD

Sorry long story. Oh dear my carpel tunnel....
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I guess I'm a slow learner

I started skiing around 2001 when I went with a few friends during college. I think I went a total of 3 or so times over a few years. On whim, one day, we all decided to try snowboarding instead, I think this was after we graduated around 2004. So we all signed up for lift/rental/lesson deals.

We were all pretty awful, but I think at least in the beginning, I could 'go' and 'stop' across the green runs. When I tried to link turns, I fell, so like most people I think I was sore after day 1.

For some reason, I stuck with it, when most of my friends ran back to skiing. I continued doing rental/lift/lesson packages, skipped the lessons, until I figured out that with rentals I was always getting a different board, and a different binding setup. I also hated the rental/return lines...

So I bought a crappy board (Snowjam), a crappy set of bindings (Ride LX), and on advice from the salesman, splurged on comfy boots (Salomon Diadems). At least my feet were comfortable and my setup was consistent now.

From around 2005 to 2009... I would go a only a few times a year. Around 2 or 3x. I had trouble finding friends to go with, or I was too busy, or I couldn't afford it. I even completely skipped some seasons. I never took it seriously, and I was still falling trying to link turns and so on... I think I completely skipped the 08/09 season.

In 09/10', my friend linked me on some deal for lift tickets. I took my snowboard out of the closet and went, and for some reason, I told myself I was going to make it down a green run without falling. I did that... then I told myself I was going to make it down a run with real turns (not sloppy riding an edge... anywhere)... and I did that.

I went home thinking I had accomplished something, and right away found lift tickets for the next weekend. Next weekend on the hill, I tried a blue... I feel every 10 feet. I figured out I was getting scared of speed and leaning back... so I went back to greens and told myself that I was going to speed down a green. I bombed a few greens, I sped down the next few times, practicing turning quicker, then put myself on a blue again. Well... I did fall, but I did a lot better.

The season ended, and 2010/11. Sadly I was so busy at work, I didn't get to the slopes until January. I missed the Nov. storms at Tahoe . But when I finally got on the slopes, I took the blues. I still fall a few times, especially when it's choppy and I get bounced around... but I was excited because doing blue runs, I could ride different chairs all over the mountain and wasn't stuck on the bunny hill. I felt like a broke through a wall...

I found this forum... read a bit. I got sick of my crappy board and my crappy bindings, and with some help from people here, I ordered new ones. The storms finally came back to Tahoe, so I hit the slopes with my old crappy gear before waiting for my new stuff to arrive.

I took a lesson... instructor seemed to like how I handled the blues, so he took my to a black diamond. I fell... alot xD but I made it down.

My new board arrived yesterday... Never Summer Infinity can't wait to take it to the slopes. I keep staring at it propped against the wall xD


Sorry long story. Oh dear my carpel tunnel....

Girl, you and I both. I'm fairly athletic and snowboarding is the most difficult sport to learn by far.
Do you live in SF city? I live in the peninsula and it takes me a good 4 hours to get to tahoe. Which resort is the closest and easiest to get to you think?
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Girl, you and I both. I'm fairly athletic and snowboarding is the most difficult sport to learn by far.
Do you live in SF city? I live in the peninsula and it takes me a good 4 hours to get to tahoe. Which resort is the closest and easiest to get to you think?
Hi faye: it certainly takes perserverence xD

I actually live in Oakland, I dunno why I put SF down, it's a habit I guess. I think the closest resorts are Sugarbowl, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Boreal. I've gone to the first two quite a few times It takes me about 3 hours 30 min to get to those three.
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