Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: San Francisco, CA
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During high school, I went skiing a few times with friends. I really only rented skis. It was fun, but I didn't really feel like I was improving.
When college started, the first winter I decided to try snowboarding instead of skiing. I bought new pants and a jacket, rented gear, and signed up for a lesson. I guess in the beginning, I was mostly boarding for something to do outdoors, and to hang out with friends.
After about 3-days, snowboarding wasn't 'painful' anymore, and I was really not liking the variation I was getting in rental equipment. I was still pretty bad at this point (falling on greens) but I thought I would buy hard-gear (boots/board/bindings). I got a discount setup, and for the next few years, I just went a few days per year, mostly just crashing down greens and hanging out with friends.
Then one day, something just clicked. I made it down a green without falling, but moreover, I felt completely in control. So, I tried a blue. I tumbled a couple of times, but I made it down, which was exhilarating (compared to bunny slopes). I felt hungry though... like I really wanted to learn to do it right. When I got home, I searched and came across this forum, and read what people said about technique. I took another lesson, intermediate this time. I eventually starting zipping down blues, and I was hungry for more. I realized that I could take most chairs on the mountain now, and get to some peaks that had blue runs down. Some people here helped me pick out a new board and new bindings. Hungry for more, I tried doing black diamond runs.
I'm still not very good... but it's an amazing feeling gliding through curves and getting to the bottom, then looking up at the mountain and thinking: "I DID THAT."