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....