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Old 02-21-2013, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, so I went to the ski resort for the first time ever to try snowboarding.

It was a bit awkward, I was just standing at the bottom looking at the others first, before I went and had a chat with an instructor.

So he gave me some basic tips about balance, took me to a SMAAAALL hill and had me practice getting up and sliding downwards while breaking on my heel-side. This is really the only thing I got to do over the 3 hours I were there because getting up on my heel-side was literally impossible, and when I got up on my toeside, I just started sliding. Eventually I got down from the hill, although I fell at the bottom because the speed surprises me and not being able to fall sideways is unusual. xD

After three hours of failing and trying I was tired. Dunno about progression so far, but I'll go back tomorrow as the resort is 3 minutes away from work. x)

Thought I'd just share my experience, I'll come with an update tomorrow. :]
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My suggestion is to get wrist guards! I sprained mine on my second visit to the stupid bunny hill. Also ball up those fists.

I took private lessons on my first 3 visits. That's what I suggest if you can afford that.
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Yep lessons are highly recommended. I sound like a broken record, I know.

Also, your experience sounds normal for a 1st day. I think getting up heelside is ridiculously difficult for most people, I could only do it because I'd been doing martial arts for a couple of years and OMG WOW I had abs :P

Did you have fun at least? Having your work so close to the resort is quite lucky, but only if you're enjoying it
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Okay, so I went to the ski resort for the first time ever to try snowboarding.

It was a bit awkward, I was just standing at the bottom looking at the others first, before I went and had a chat with an instructor.

So he gave me some basic tips about balance, took me to a SMAAAALL hill and had me practice getting up and sliding downwards while breaking on my heel-side. This is really the only thing I got to do over the 3 hours I were there because getting up on my heel-side was literally impossible, and when I got up on my toeside, I just started sliding. Eventually I got down from the hill, although I fell at the bottom because the speed surprises me and not being able to fall sideways is unusual. xD

After three hours of failing and trying I was tired. Dunno about progression so far, but I'll go back tomorrow as the resort is 3 minutes away from work. x)

Thought I'd just share my experience, I'll come with an update tomorrow. :]
Keeping GRINDING!! It can be brutal those first few trips.

I had a friend out Sunday and he gave up after 3 hours. He can ski so I think that prevented him from going all in with snowboarding. Snowboarders and snowboarding are just way cooler though
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Hmm, I didn't have issues with getting up on heal side on my first day or since. My approach has been mimicking a dip exercise and push up with my hands behind me then use one of the hands in front as a counter balance, while I sit on the heel edge.

It's still my approach after several more sessions.
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Yeah, definitely ball your fists. NEVER take a landing with your fingers/hand/wrist. And if you're falling forward, fall onto your elbows. It seems like a longer/harder fall, but trust me, it hurts a ton less than wrists after you fall a couple times.

Taking a lesson is very very extremely highly recommended. They teach you a bunch of small details like using your hips, staying parallel with the board, etc. (That's how I learned) Learning on your own will be much slower and potentially more frustrating.

Since the mountain is 3 minutes from work for you, going more often will definitely improve your skills.

And most of all have fun and don't give up! After you have all the basics down and progress a lot, you'll be having a blast. I guarantee it.
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Awesome! I'll echo that your first time sounds similar to most people's experience learning to snowboard. Stick with the instruction and before you know it you'll be making turns and smiling ear to ear on pow days.
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Yep lessons are highly recommended. I sound like a broken record, I know.

Also, your experience sounds normal for a 1st day. I think getting up heelside is ridiculously difficult for most people, I could only do it because I'd been doing martial arts for a couple of years and OMG WOW I had abs :P

Did you have fun at least? Having your work so close to the resort is quite lucky, but only if you're enjoying it
Yes, it was fun. :]*Not too happy about being owned by 6-year olds though. xD

It was kinda awkward follwing the instructor as I ride 'goofy' while he is regular though.

Concerning wrists, we've been taught not to use hands when falling all the way since lower secondary school (p.e.) so that's pretty much imprinted in my mind. ^_^ No probs.

Looking forward till tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be able to do more than just slip and fall in the bunny hill. xD
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Yes, it was fun. :]*Not too happy about being owned by 6-year olds though. xD

It was kinda awkward follwing the instructor as I ride 'goofy' while he is regular though.

Concerning wrists, we've been taught not to use hands when falling all the way since lower secondary school (p.e.) so that's pretty much imprinted in my mind. ^_^ No probs.

Looking forward till tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be able to do more than just slip and fall in the bunny hill. xD
Ah, don't feel bad! The 6-year olds have been doing it for longer and are absolutely fearless. They also have much less chance of injury and bounce right back. Those are natural advantages that you can't do much about. Just don't worry, you'll get there

I also ride goofy, and am directionally challenged on top of that, but I didn't have that much trouble with my instructor. If anything, ask him to explain how it works for you (i.e. reverse the right-left foot instructions).

And yeah, I reckon you will start learning turns tomorrow. Have fun!
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So I went to another ski resort today with an instructor. My problem is that I can only ride toeside, not heelside - resulting in me riding toeside and going between riding switch and... regular? xD

The instructor is like $ 100 an hour so I only paid for one hour this time. I got more into balancing on the board down the hill, and where to place my weight to turn.

He said I did very well on toeside, as I managed to do turns somewhat well, but he said I should practice more on braking with heelside because that would be easier in the end. After one hour I was able to somewhat slide downwards with the board while braking on heel side, I found it a bit hard to keep the weight centered - so it was easy to mistakingly start turning to either side - which ended up in me turning so much I'd end up on toe side again and start switching downwards the rest of the hill. XD (I also had a faceplant because of braking on the wrong side of the board - it only happened once luckily. XD)

Thought I'd share my experiences. XD
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