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Bust her ass repeatedly before you go to get her prepared for what's to come.

But no seriously, everyone learns differently. The key thing would be to let her progress at her own pace. I went for my first trip this past season (just ended in NZ) and on my first day I was hitting the blue trails. Then the girlfriend (skiied for like 10 years or something) throws me down a steep as trail, her friend who has skiied for 5 years was sketching about hitting it (they didn't tell me this until after)

I went down it pretty quickly though.. on my face But we had a laugh.

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Originally Posted by cjcameron11 View Post
...I put her in a 2 hr private lesson first thing...

Basically i think the biggest thing is to make sure you are positive in everything you say, encourage encourage encourage!!! ...dont push her...
+1 especially the lesson reco. I'd recommend a 1/2 day or a full day lesson myself. This'll allow you to pursue your riding out of the way, and then join her on the greens when she gets out of class .

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I think it depends on how good of a snowboarder and teacher you are as well as your level of patience. I've taught two girls how to snowboard over the last two years and it is a bit of work but can be difficult at times, but was well worth it an both were linking turns within a few hours. I would suggest a lesson unless your an advanced level snowboarder and can ride switch very well. Here's how I did it:

1. Explain the basics before getting on the lift. Pedaling, linking turns doen the fall line, and the fact that you always want to be on an edge.
2. Sit on the lift facing her so you can hold her hand getting off the first couple times, catch her, or help her up.
3. I started on an easy green. Too little slope is more difficult.
4. Teach her how to ride her heel edge and stop by holding her hands and riding on your toes downhill of her. Beginners first biggest fear is not being able to stop. Once they catch an edge this changes
5. Teach her how to switch to her toe edge by holding your hands and using you as a pivot point. Explain that you can stop on you toes just like your heels.
6. Teach her how to switch to heel edge by opening her shoulders and gradually shifting her weight to her heels.

Repeat these steps untill she is comfortable. Once she is, teach her the falling leaf (back and forth side slip on heel edge) for situations where it gets too steep for her to link turns.

I took a 3 day trip with a girl I was seeing last Winter (still great friends) and by the end of the trip I brought her down a few blacks at Steamboat. Granted not the most difficult being Steamboat, but still, I was impressed, she was wayyyy better than I was on day 3. She's so stoked on snowboarding that she's moving to Summit County for the winter and I have an open invitiation. Second peron I've taught to snowboard and has enjoyed it so much they moved to CO.
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Plenty of solid advice so far.
My two cents.

1) Powder. If you have the option wait until there is fresh and take her then. Falling on powder is way softer and more pleasant than ice.

2) Hot tub/spa. I don't know if this is an option, but here in Japan we have natural hot springs. I know they exist in some parts of the states. They really help heal up the body after a day snowboarding especially when you are falling a lot.
Even though I rarely fall now I always head for the hot spring after a day boarding. Its heavenly. Breaks up the lactic acid knots too so you are fresh the next day.
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I am with Snowolf, get a lesson for her. Its always amusing to watch couples on the bunny hill trying to teach each other - it very rarely ends well.

Appropriate clothes, wrist guards and some impact shorts with a tailbone protector are all good. If you can also find a resort where the classes are small and the instructor is hands on, that is a deal breaker.

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Originally Posted by leecm View Post
And more importantly, whats the best way to keep her from hating me after her first day on the slopes, which will no doubt consist of busting her ass repeatedly.


Once we've actually bought our tickets and are in the ski resort, should I get her lessons or just teach her on the bunny slope for a little while and then take her to the top of a blue and baby her on the way down?
Get her a lesson. You said that you only have about 20 days under your belt, that's not enough to begin trying to teach someone. Not by a long shot. That'll give you an hour or two on your own, and during which time she'll be learning better technique from an instructor so as to not spend the whole day on her ass and then hating you afterwards.

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If you do decide and go and skip out on lessons and teach her yourself get a game plan ready for which parts to teach first, how to go about the different techniques, etc. S4Shredr's plan seems pretty legit. I'd watch a ton of training videos online and see how other people go about teaching noobs as well. Organization is the key to anything being successful.

Also, have her watch a bunch of videos of basic techniques to she knows the terminology and what to expect once she gets on the slopes.
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one word; Lessons.

edit, and pics of girlfriend or GTFO. (o:
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Teaching your significant other is not always the best idea. I would suggest getting her lessons right away, it will help her a lot and keep you from killing each other. After that, be very patient, take lots of breaks if she needs em and stay with her. I know I annoyed the pants off my bf by zooming way ahead. I am a really impatient person though.
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Lessons....don't try to be the hero and teach her yourself. Its hard enough to teach or learn from your significant other not matter what level you or they are. I also suggest NOT trying to take a lesson together or tagging around for the lesson. I 've had to deal with this in the past and rarely, if ever, is it a good thing. It is ok to drop by a little early toward the end of lesson to see how she is doing. My word of advice if you talk about her snowboarding remember to be encouraging and understanding. Nothing nice to say? follow mom's advice and clam it up. Everyone progresses at a different pace and I have seen boyfriends or husbands come in and destroy a girlfriend's or wife's will to learn or participate in the sport.

My personal rule of thumb. Minimum three days on mountain the first year. Preferrably the second day is with one to 7 days. I also suggest the first day at least be a full day lesson. The second time around can be the new rider's choice on full day. But at least half a day can do wonders. Any days beyond three are bonus days. Three days usually means good retention for the next year I've noticed.

Second rule of thumb with a significant other: DON'T over terrain them!! They aren't going to like the experience and you aren't going to like the experience.

Third rule of thumb. RIDE Slower!!!...generally this is a good idea for any new riders. Riding fast means they try to keep up sometimes. This usually results in bad habits and bad slams.

Fourth Rule of thumb...It doesn't have to be on a board. If boarding isn't working for them let them try skiing or telemarking. I know its sacreligious, but the importance is getting up there together long term. A lot easier to hold a relationship together if she gets to go have fun too.

Fifth rule: too many damn rules.
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