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Could my stance be the problem?

Second time was worse. Had a terrible fall the first run, and hurt my neck very badly. We went home immediately afterwards.

I was ALL over the place this time and idk why! First day was fairly good, what the hell...?? Board swerving back and forth, could not stay balanced. I noticed I was really having a hard time standing straight, I kept wanting to bend forward which of course made me wipe out. Is it possibly my stance? Think I have it set at regular, should I try riding goofy instead?

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Bindings are set at just slightly forward, no boot overhang (shop guy checked)

My boyfriend is doing great on his third day! No lessons for either of us. I'm taking a lesson beginning of next season... Since it looks like I'm done for this one already : / disappointed.
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If you are a brand new rider there are a lot of things that could have been going wrong. You would either need to post a video of you trying to turn, or do what you're planning to do which is get a lesson. Lessons will make all the world of difference and you'll thank your backside and head for it. I doubt your stance was really an issue at this point. Riding 0,0 would make it pretty weird, but as long as your lead foot is ducked to some degree it'll be fine. You just need someone to show you how to ride a snowboard. An instructor will get you set up so that you're balanced, flexing correctly, and turning correctly.

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Keep trying. And have someone who knows what they're doing at least show you how to ride. Another thing, I learned a LOT better on my own once I understood the basics, just something to think about...
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Chances are, you are leaning toward the tail of your board. If you do that, it becomes almost impossible to steer, the board will be very unstable and an edge catch is almost certain.

If you feel like your weight is centered on the board, I can guarantee you that you are leaning towards the tail.

I've seen a lot of beginners who bend their upper body back towards the tail and then try lean into the turn (since foot steering doesn't work with the weight back) and wipe out.
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Could also be something as simple as different snow conditions. Fresh hardpack vs "crushed ice" vs new fresh vs deep fresh, vs softpack -- all have different characteristics and have to be ridden differently, and if you're a new rider you may not even notice. Especially the real hardpack where it actually starts to get shiny like it's been polished (which essentially is the case) -- that's where you have real danger of edge catches if you tend to ride quite flatbased (which most new riders do).


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probably not the stance imo, you can get used to almost anything....chalk it up to Shyte Happens (esp. in those first days)

sometimes you get so amped on how its gonna be that you forget whats happnin right in front of you....normal
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Bindings are set at just slightly forward, no boot overhang (shop guy checked)
what do you mean set slightly forward? toward the nose of the board; toward your toe edge?
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I've watched tons of videos, all of Snowolfs, but once I'm up don't remember much. I did do better keeping my board from dragging once on the lift so didn't hurt my ankle this time lol.

The snow was definitely harder this time. And we knew it immediately out of the car haha. Last time was super fluffy, almost too much, and this time it wasn't ice, but quite a bit more packed.

I was supposed to take a lesson this time but opted not to since it was the last time I was able to make it to the mtn. Figured I'd forget by next season, so decided to just go for it again, thinking I'd maybe be a little better this time. HA!!!!! Yeah.

I can't remember the exact dial, my snowboard isn't with me, but both of my bindings are directed towards the nose slightly.
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