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Old 12-09-2010, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wink ----How Did YOU Learn How To Snowboard AND How Long Did It Take You To Learn----

did you learn from a family member or did you take lessons,etc.
how long did the learning process take for you?
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Old 12-09-2010, 06:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i started boarding last season with my PE leadership class
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, so i was still the loner going on green and blue runs instead of double blacks

a reli nice guy decided to come with me and teach me the basics (falling leaf etc.)
but it was fun, and i learned to link turns on my third day
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Old 12-09-2010, 06:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I took one 60 minute lesson over 10 years ago, I'm stil learning...
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I learned last year, learned with my cousin. Our friend showed us the basics for about an hour on a small mountain, than we just learned on our own, by the end of the day we were stopping very well, linking turns together decently and making it down the mountain well. By the second day we were sharping up those skills, by the third day we had it down pretty darn good. It worked out well learning with someone else, and the fact that we progressed within the same amount of time helped. Still learning new things every time though, that's part of whats so fun. I taught a friend this year, he had a bit of trouble the first day, but the second day he started linking turns together and getting it down, a couple more times and he'll really have it down. I guess everyone progresses differently.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have always been the DIY type, so I refused to take lessons and learned completely on my own. First day, I ate shit so many times I almost gave up. By the end of the second day, I learned how to stop, but was still falling a lot. The third day, I began to grasp the art of linking turns. By the fourth day, I was able to go down a blue (still relatively slowly). This was during a four day vacation in Canada.

Despite, what many people will say I believe it is possible to learn how to snowboard just as well without lessons. It may just take a little longer. Also, you HAVE to commit. It is so tempting to give up after the first day and then it suddenly just clicks. Good luck
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I learned on a HS ski trip. I had skied for about 4 years before it. I actually didn't fall at all my first trip out and was hitting very small jumps the first day. But I quickly learned the pain of falling when I started teaching myself switch riding!
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Took an hour lesson when I was 12 which taught me to turn heelside and stop heelside. Everything else has been self taught. I dedicated the last 3 seasons almost entirely to progressing in the terrain park and I've developed a lot of skills on my own.
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The first couple of times I went with a coworker, who was also a total novice. We sucked!!!

Later I took lessons. The ski area had a deal of three lessons over three consecutive weekends and by the end I was linking turns and cruising blues mostly comfortably.

You could probably learn on your own if you are coordinated, but you'll need to "reinvent the wheel" if you do that. Lessons will cut past a lot of trial and error that people have figured out over the years and get you going sooner.
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Word of advice, I wasted the first half of my first day with a group lesson (spent 10x more time on sitting watching than I did actually on my board learning) and the next day and a half after that on some noodly p.o.s. burton hero that the rental guy gave me. Get a medium stiff board that has some dampening and edge hold so your not getting bounced around and skidding out all the time. I sure with experience you can carve what ever on those noodly park boards but its hard if you're a beginner. Got a burton custom on my 3rd day and was carving up blues on my 4th, that board made a huuuge difference.
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