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Old 01-19-2012, 12:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A little background first, I tried to snowboard last year for the first time and had a very bad experiance. Took the whole family to steamboat last year and we stopped for a day at snowy range in Wyoming for some cheap lessons on the way since no one except me had been on a slope before. Long story short, we had a very bad instructor a small area to learn (50 yards X 75 yards)with about 35 students and I bruised and cracked some ribs when I took a bad fall trying to avoid killing some stupid bitch who decided to just come off the side area in front of me. Was off work for over a month and had to ski the rest of the trip because it was just to painful to try and push myself up on the board.

Just got back from a family trip to Copper Mtn. I took my board but skied the first day and a half because I admit I was a little scared of getting injured again. Anyway went out in the afternoon the second day on the board and really had fun. Copper has a lot of green terrain on the west side of the mountain and the place was like a ghost town so it was a very comfortable time to learn and practice all I have learned from the videos I have watched. Took the first run with just one foot strapped in to get comfortable with things and strapped both feet the next three. I took five more runs the next day before I ran out of gas.

Moral of the story I guess is that while I can bomb the mountain on skis, I get pretty bored with it and like the challenge of the board. I ended up being able to do the falling leaf both heel and toe pretty darn good and linked a few turns. Going to loveland next month and will probably get a private lesson to help me on my way.

I am 46 years old and have skied my whole life and was about to give up on the snowboarding thing but this last trip has turned that around, anyone else that is thinking of giving up should try again. Find a place with no crowds, take your time and bring a list of things to work on while you practice.

Oh and get a helmet, last year I saw stars and about blacked out from a head to the mountain hit. This year I hit the mountain twice with my head and didn't feel a thing.
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have skied for only 3 years and then learned to snowboard last year at 50! You're a young buck! lol We went to Copper last year for the first time and LOVED IT - their green runs are great for beginning and are a workout at my age! I do enjoy snowboarding more than skiing. Congrats and switching over! Went to Park City and Canyons two weeks ago and due to the fact the whole mountain was not open and no snow, we are planning to go back in March again. We loved both those mountains also for the few runs they each had open.
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