So I finally went to snowboarding for the first time, let me just say it didn't go as well as most people did...I lost my board due to runaway in my first lift ride.....$200 gone in an instant.
My buddy thought I was one of the fast learner, but I was the opposite of that. Later on I got to use one of the other guy's board because he too was learning but he hurt his back falling, luckily I didn't get hurt yesterday.
So I have some questions about my experience, how long did it take for most people here to learn how to snowboard? My friend said he was on the highest slope boarding after 2 hours of learning for the first time, I in the other hand was struggling to even stand up on a board for my first 2 hours of learning.
So I end up learning how to snowboard by myself completely in the afternoon on a small slope full of other beginners, it was hard for me not because I wouldn't find my balance, it was hard because I had to try to avoid other beginners who stops and fall all the time like me, it was hard to learn to how to stop the board when I am in speed, let alone making quick directional changes whenever I had to avoid other people.
Now my question is, when you begin to learn to ride, do you always ride on an edge, or a slight edge? I found it very hard to control my board or my balance if I let the board go completely flat on the snow, but once I can lean my center mass on my heel side I start to gain directional control.
And this is when I learnt that I have a tendency to turn my back foot side into my front side going down slope, resulting in lost of directional control, because now my back foot became my front foot on the board....why is this happening?
I am going back to try it out the second time in 2 weeks, probably going to get a cheap used board this time around...hope a runaway board won't happen to me again!