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Old 12-28-2012, 08:30 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I've gotta be honest, that seems like a reasonable and professional response to me.
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:38 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Slush Puppie View Post
I've gotta be honest, that seems like a reasonable and professional response to me.
Yeah I have to agree actually from the perspective of someone outside looking in. I am a pretty big dick myself and can usually detect these types of things and not once did I say something like "I want to punch this dude in the dick". I would just take him up on his offer for another lesson when your ankle is all cool and go shred the shit out of something. Just my opinion.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:43 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Woes of a noob? I'd say more like woes of an instructor and manager who has to listen to a yapping little bitch.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:45 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Just keep riding. It took me a long time to get to the point I can ride down anything and enjoy it. Probably 2 years getting 50-100 days the first two years. I started when I was 24 years old. I'm a slow learner and I was a terrible skateboarder back in the day, gave it up because concrete doesn't suit my bones or flesch. Don't expect to progress too quickly. If you have friends that are good riders and they are good friends go with them. Follow them but don't try to keep up all the time, stay within your comfort level. Most of my friends had been snowboarding for years before I ever went. They were pretty forgiving. I've never had a snowboard lesson and I think to this day I should still take one or more and ride it switch (because I SUCK at riding switch).

And to your rack issue, get a bag for your board and run the hitch mount it'll keep the crap off your board if you go that route. Besides, if you can ride a bike down a steep incline and snowboard I think you should be able to lift your bike on to the top of your FJ Just razzin ya. Enjoy
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:15 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by OldDog View Post
[B]This is the reply I received from the GM of Shames yesterday.

With that said, I do recognize that you are un-happy, and will gladly give you another lesson. Either myself, or Oliver will give you the lesson to ensure you have the choice in the two most experienced instructors on the mountain. Please contact me directly to confirm details.
I thought that dude Kris said he was the best instructor there.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:34 PM   #46 (permalink)
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I thought that dude Kris said he was the best instructor there.
Unless you count the GM and the ski school manager apparently...
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:10 PM   #47 (permalink)
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OldDog, it sounds to me like the GM is being fair in his response. He's offering you another lesson. Take him up on that when your ankle is better. Although you may not believe him, he probably remembered seeing you since he watched his employee teaching you. Honestly bro, just take it day by day and practice basics. Things are going to click and your going to laugh when you look back at this thread. Life is too short to be pissed off over stupid things. As with any sport, you're going to deal with people you won't like.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:30 PM   #48 (permalink)
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From the GM's response it doesn't seem like Kris was a total douche. He was probably just teaching you on a set curriculum that has achieved success for many students in learning to become efficient snowboarders which was probably how he was taught to teach. Your frustration in my meek opinion came from him not relating to you directly and tailoring the lesson to where you were at specifically. It sounds like they have a set routine they take all new students through and you can either follow their program which will no doubt help get you off your backside and down the slopes or (which I did) have one lesson from the resort staff and then go it alone. I progressed ok but had so many road blocks. I only really progressed fast when I had some advanced riders be patient enough to take me riding and provide instruction.
You will no doubt become a good boarder as your frustration is a response to how determined you are to advance. I'd take another couple of lessons and then just hit the slopes with your mates (buddies) and that girl you mentioned.

Don't worry too much about the difficult terrain as when you do go to other mountains you will kill it. For my first year I thought snowboarding was actually iceboarding (coronet peak NZ - They call it concrete peak).

Good luck and let us know how you go.
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