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Old 12-10-2013, 12:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Well, first private lesson today, went well !

I just had my first private lesson past Thursday, and I'm addicted !

My instructor was very nice, she took the time to make me feel comfortable with the board. She gave me very nice tips, I am now fully able to link my turns without falling. Such an amazing achievement for me, I'm a loser at about anything but not this time, eh!

She made me "skate" with only one foot attached. Then she made me turn, brake and glide, everything went smoothly. She then said that I was ready to go on the top of the bunnyhill (is that what you call it?) using a moving carpet mechanism as your chairlift. I went down the hill with both feet attached and oh man I loved it. She said "I'm going to show you the hip-nose (hypnosis) trick. Face the direction you want to go with your nose and your hips are going to follow, then shift your weight on your heels or your toes depending on the direction you want to go". It worked on the first go and my ass did not suffer. She made me brake, same trick but you look straight in front of you. She also made me turn, you put your weight on the right foot and off you go.

Finally, she made me link my turns, not a very difficult thing to do to be honest but it's a lot to think in one single run. I started at the top, went down, turned left, right, left, right, left, right then I had to brake on my heels facing down. I did not fell a lot, I'm wayy more confident in myself and I can't wait to show my friends my newly earned skills and maybe retry the green slopes. I did all this in 90 minutes, I'm both shocked and amazed !

Anyway, that's my story, may sound boring to you but I achieved a lot and I couldn't ask for more !

Have a dice nay !

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Old 12-10-2013, 02:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds awesome! I remember my few days being rough... Make that my first few seasons.

Stick with it and you'll be flying down the slopes in no time!
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Excellent, i remember being very happy going down the bunny hill without falling on my ass. As soon as you feel confident go do some easy blue's. you'll progress really fast due to the longer runs.
Find a blue run that suits you and do it over and over again till you feel confident.
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Great to hear you enjoyed it Snowblaze, I can tell you it only keeps getting better.

I'm currently trialing some coaching forms and I invite you and any other snowboarders to test it out. It's free to use and you'll get feedback from a experienced instructor on any areas you'd like to work on with your snowboarding.
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Everyone starts somewhere Keep it up, you're definitely on the right track with on-hill lessons right from the start.

I always say every lesson at the start of your snowboard journey is worth 10 lessons later because you're learning key foundational techniques with less mistakes and bad habits to correct later.

Plus being boosted past those early learning stages is way more fun when you can get to turning asap.
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Plus being boosted past those early learning stages is way more fun when you can get to turning asap.
Yes ! I also know how to brake which was psychologically preventing me from gliding without falling because I was afraid to run down the hill at 80mph and injure myself.

I practiced again on the bunnyhill today and everything went fine. I tried to brake really fast but I couldn't do it. I always end up on my ass or my board is 180 degrees to what it was before, like if I was goofy.

Also my glasses and goggles tend to fog almost instantly which annoys me !

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Glad that you have enjoying your time snowboarding. If your falling on your ass when you try stop is because your leaning back too far. I assume you have seen some vids on how riders brakes when they hauling ass down the mountain. Just dig in your back foot edges a bit more from normal braking. When you get spun around is because you did not dig in your edges. start slow then go faster once you felt comfortable with speed. Goodluck and keep practicing.
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A one hour private lesson with a good instructor was the best snowboarding investment I've ever made. I'm actually considering doing another one soon. My riding has plateaued lately and I seem "stuck" at my current level. Need to see if I can dig up his number again.
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