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Old 01-04-2012, 11:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What to expect for the first outing of my second year?

I am 35 (am I the oldest on here, ha) and while I have no background skating, skiiing, or snowboarding, I am pretty atheletic and in pretty good shape for my age. Last year was my first time ever snowboarding (or seeing snow for that matter). I took a lesson and spent 3 days on the slopes and did ok I guess. Was able to do blues comfortably, but felt like I had to go down pretty slow(lots of turns). Havent seen snow since, but With my now annual trip upcoming, I am wondering if I should take another lesson when I get there, or just get out there and get at it?
I would really like to get where I was a little more comfortable with speeding it up a little and not feel like I had to use the turns to slow myself down. Is that too much to expect for a second timer?
Thanks in advance for any advice...
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I am wondering if I should take another lesson when I get there, or just get out there and get at it?
If you can afford a lesson and are on a limited time schedule, get one. It'll speed up the learning curve up for sure.

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I would really like to get where I was a little more comfortable with speeding it up a little and not feel like I had to use the turns to slow myself down. Is that too much to expect for a second timer?
Probably. Speed comes with time on the hill and how comfortable you are. Even if you are going fast and are comfortable doing so, you will still be controlling it with turns... you can flat base but that's another story.

I wouldn't rush into trying to go as fast as possible, stay at a comfortable (for you) speed and stay in control! It'll come with time.
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What kind of lesson would I want? I don't want to be in a class full of people looking to just learn like I was last year. Do they have "intermediate" or "wants to stop riding like a puss" or something? And how do I know that wouldn't be too advanced? Seems like it would be a little harder to group people of the same levels after beginners level....
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Ha. Good to know there's other "old timers" out there. We should look into outfitting a board with a walker...
Wore a helmet last year, but thats about it. Was gonna see about some wrist guards this year.
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Don't know where you're headed for your annual trip but most places however do offer individual lessons which would probably benefit you the most. If the resort has that option (that fits within your budget/time frame) its ultimately going to be your best bet.
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Headed to Breckenridge. Used ski and ride or something like that last year.
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Will be 50 next month, been riding for 26 years. Speed is overrated unless you're trying to outrun something, just have fun. This year my 17yr old and his buddies reminded me that there's more to it than just ripping down the hill. Basically the things I've forgotten about throughout the years. Of course the lack of snow helped me look for other ways to enjoy the ride.
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What kind of lesson would I want? I don't want to be in a class full of people looking to just learn like I was last year. Do they have "intermediate" or "wants to stop riding like a puss" or something? And how do I know that wouldn't be too advanced? Seems like it would be a little harder to group people of the same levels after beginners level....
Look on the website for the resort you are heading to. They usually have a page on skill levels and lessons.
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45 this year, 4th season snowboarding. You're still a young'un.

Like POW said, private lessons are probably your best bet. In group lessons, you progress only as fast as the weakest person in the group. In private lessons, your instructor can help you identify specific skills you want/need to work on. Definitely worth the extra money for private lesson.
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