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Old 11-11-2013, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Absolute beginner, need advice !

Hi y'all !

I'm "Snowblaze", from the Laurentians area of Quebec province. I have lots of friends who practices Skiing or Snowboarding and I don't. I would love to join them and have a blast but unfortunately I have no experience riding.

My initial plan was to buy basic equipment like a jacket, a helmet, gloves, goggles, etc but I would rent the snowboard, bindings and boots because I may not like the sport. If I don't, I can still learn skiing without having to sell the equipment I just bought.

I trusted my local sports goods store and they gave me plenty of advices regarding the equipment. I bought a matching pair of goggles and helmet from a company I don't remember the name. Giro I think. I have a brand new O'Neil jacket which I love; it's so light, comfy and hot !

So... now I'm down to skills. You cannot teach a dead bird how to fly that's for sure haha but there must be some tips and tricks about the sport. I watched the whole series on "How to snowboard" on YouTube, it was quite informative. I am a good 6'2'' tall fella and weight quite a hefty 250 lbs (muscles, muscles ). I was wondering if learning would take a turn for the worst because of my shape... I am more prone to lose balance ?

I am trying to gather as much information as possible before I go on and ride when my local (5 min drive) mountain opens. We currently have a nice snowfall right now but it's not gonna last long enough; next Friday the snow will all melt down.

My friend promised me he was gonna teach me the basics of it, but I don't want to abuse. I want him to have fun and I don't think teaching could be fun, at all.

Thank you for your time, any input would be appreciated !

-Snowblaze.

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Old 11-11-2013, 07:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lessons, lessons, lessons...
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you'll be fine. take a lesson, having friends teach you not only sucks for you... it sucks for them because they don't get to ride.

you'll all have more fun if you take a real lesson.
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Lots of marriages, friendships and relationships do not survive the "teaching" phase with sig. other! Pay a qualified instructor to do the hard and or frustrating parts of teaching. Then save the Fun of practicing those skills and riding for the friend or significant other!

You and they will enjoy time on the hill WAY more that way! Trust us on this!

Lessons, lessons, lessons!
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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In Canadian - Eh, get a lesson eh.......

French Canadian - Obtenir une lešon!
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In Canadian - Eh, get a lesson eh.......
Lol! That's the same in "Yooper" too! (...Upper Penninsula coloaquial!)
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If you are quite athletic you should be fine.

Nothing like giving it a go to be honest; you can watch all the videos on the videotube but actually experiencing it is a whole nother story
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Buy some tailbone protection!

Big guys hit harder. You WILL go from standing to sitting on the ground many many many times, with force.

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you have to visualize what your body has to do when it is on the slopes.

That is key.

After that it all equipment. (not really, but it helps)

Try a rocker board first. makes it easier .
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