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leecm 10-20-2011 12:25 AM

Bringing a girl snowboarding for her first time/Best way to keep her from hating it
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.

What do you guys think is the best way of handling a situation where you're bringing a girl snowboarding so that she won't end up hating it and will actually look forward to doing it more in the future? Do you think their first trip should only be for one day on the mountain? I know the first time I snowboarded, my ass was so sore after the first day, I didn't want to go the next day.

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? Should I do what I'd do with a guy friend and just let them fend for themselves on the first trip down the mountain and tell them I'll help them after they've made it down for the first time?

Do you guys have any experiences like this? Any advice? Thanks

C.B. 10-20-2011 12:28 AM

My advise to you is to start drinking heavly

but what you really need to do is not pressure her and let her do her thing

And most importantly, JUST GO HAVE FUN, its the whole point of snowboarding

cjcameron11 10-20-2011 12:52 AM

let me start by saying i am by no means an excellent snowboarder, i have about 20 days under my belt, i can comfortable tackle any black and can hit natural kickers, do tree runs and starting to try double blacks and extremes. I took my wife to NZ for 4 days last year and 2 days here in Aus this year, She had never been to the snow let alone snowboarded. After her first day she was hooked. I put her in a 2 hr private lesson first thing so she could get taught by a professional. once she had the basics of falling leaf, skating and getting off a lift is when i tried to give her some help.

Basically i think the biggest thing is to make sure you are positive in everything you say, encourage encourage encourage!!! if you make her feel stupid or like she is doing something wrong chances are she will hate it. I found that another huge thing that has helped me teach my wife is that if she isnt comfortable doing something no matter how easy you think it may be, dont push her to do it. Different people learn at different rates and in different ways.

I think that the more enjoyable her experience the more likely she is to come back again and again, my wife spent her 4 days in NZ and never made it off the green slope, did i want her to do some blues with me, yeah but i knew if i forced her to take the lift higher she would hate not having full control on her way down. Everyone is different and i find that in anything, if someone is comfortable and not being yelled at or made to feel stupid, they will succeed more than they fail, hope this helps

RaID 10-20-2011 01:04 AM

I went through this with my gf first and only snowboarding trip so far.

1. Let her first experience be a lesson so she starts the learning from someone else but you
2. Make sure she is on the slopes for more than 1 day, a week is probably ideal. That way she will hate day 1 most likely, but will progress during the trip and will enjoy seeing that she is getting better. 1 day trip would be the worse as all she is going to remember was that she sucked at it and couldn’t even get down a slope without falling.
3. After day 1 get another lesson for half day, then spend the rest of the day teaching her
4. Make sure you spend enough time boarding with her so she is not left along on the slopes by herself I think is the key as well as progressive encouragement. As she progresses during the first few days, she will start enjoying more and understanding why so many people do the whole snow sports thing whether it be boarding or skiing.
5. Also don’t pressure here to do consecutive days if she is broken and sore, that’s really not going to help.

That’s pretty much what I did, now were about to do a season, and she has only about 8 days on the board behind her. So still lots to learn but remembers the fun bits not necessarily the crap first couple of days.

Most importantly Good Luck, depending on the girl it could go eitherway no matter how good your intentions

JeffreyCH 10-20-2011 01:07 AM


Originally Posted by C.B. (Post 426712)
My advise to you is to start drinking heavly


Seriously though, get her some lessons, even instructors I know won't teach their significant others. You not only have a much higher chance of her not hating it (and you :p) it also gives you a couple hours to go ride what you want. Meet up after the lesson and cruise whatever she is comfortable riding for awhile to asses if she can keep up with you.

604 10-20-2011 02:01 AM

Patience and encouragement.

Milo303 10-20-2011 02:57 AM

Fall on fists and make sure she has impact shorts.

These are just thoughts outside of the patience it takes to show her what she needs to know

And know when to leave her alone. If she isn't hurting herself and she finds another noob girl or something, she'll have a blast

IdahoFreshies 10-20-2011 03:12 AM

make sure shes warm! girls hate being cold, so the fact that she is out in the snow is a miracle. defanitly a lesson so she knows what she is doing before you have to baby sit (also gives you time to go actually ride and get it out of your system) then just hang out on the bunny hill, playing around with her, helping her up when she falls, and doing fancy flat ground tricks like butters 180s and presses to make her want to progress and catch up:D


Originally Posted by Milo303 (Post 426736)
And know when to leave her alone. If she isn't hurting herself and she finds another noob girl or something, she'll have a blast

i didnt think of that, but i think this^ is a good idea too

AtBothEnds 10-20-2011 03:21 AM


Originally Posted by 604 (Post 426733)
Patience and encouragement.

Dead on.

I don't see the difference between whether the beginner is a guy or a girl, I think it's strange that this differentiation has been made by the OP.

Anyway, I'd suggest the main thing to do is keep her warm and dry. Nothing ruins a new activity more than being uncomfortable while trying to learn it, make sure she has decent enough clothing to protect her from the elements.

I think you have to know the person as well and go with how you think they'd most like to go about the day. Figure this stuff out ahead of time so there's no issue when you're at the hill. An example would how she is taught, some would see you arranging lessons as a helpful start with someone who's knowledgeable and a trained teacher, other might see it as you abandoning her to go have fun by yourself. Really push for the lesson, it'll get her started on the right path.

Encourage her to fall on her butt if she has to fall, that is the best place to take the impact.

If you have a skateboard get her on that for her to somewhat understand the sensation of going sideways and turning.

Go for one day to start with, she may either hate the whole thing or love it but needs to rest her bruises.

If she doesn't want to do it anymore then get of the mountain, let her be the one to call it a day if she's had enough.

I hope that helps.

wrathfuldeity 10-20-2011 03:29 AM

hot tub, ibuprofen and drinks

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