Tomorrow will be my first time back on the snowboard after learning last season.
Just wanted to take a poll and find out from all you boarders out there, when you got back on the board for your 2nd year, how long did it take you to get back to where you were when you ended the first year? Or is it like waterskiing or riding a bike, your first time down it all comes back to you? I'm concerned of forgetting all I learned, and at my age that learning curve was a long one!
Anything I should prepare myself for on that first long run down the mountain?
(the "51" year old snowboarder now)
I would say that it depends what level you were boarding at when the season ended and MORE IMPORTANTLY, where is your confidence going to be when you're riding up the chair lift for your first run. I would say that yes, it's like riding a bike or doing anything else you're into - as long as your confident in your abilities, you'll be pretty much where you were at the end of last season. After not shredding for about 7 years, I've decided to engulf myself in the craze that is shredding once again.
I've already decided in my mind that I'm going to charge down at minimum a black diamond run first time up the lift, culminating with a double black on my next run. I could handle this riding in my sleep when I rode like seven years ago, so why not now! You don't forget how to do something!
It's all about the confidence, especially if you've already ridden the mountain or have boarded some half decent steeps. You decide that you're going to ride how you did when you left off last year and you'll do it!
P.s. Learning curve for snowboarding is a painful experience for most snowboarders, regardless of age :P Cliche of Nike comes to mind here, JUST DO IT!