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Old 12-30-2013, 02:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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!
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Old 12-30-2013, 03:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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lol...good chuckle...sorry for your pain...get some lessons

edit...put a leash on your dog
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've got to hear more about this runaway board thing. Lol. Did it just disappear or did it literally grow legs and "runaway"?
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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do yourself a favour and get some lessons.

as for being on the highest run after 2 hours or whatever, this isn't a competition... advance at your own pace and you'll have much more fun.
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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usually people say 3 days but it really depends.
how do you lose your board? I need to know the details. how is that even possible?
your board will always try to slide to the side with more weight on it. if your back foot is turning out means you are putting too much weight on the back foot. sitting in the back seat is the problem with most beginners. you want to have more weight on the front than the rear. also always on edge. if you are not on your toes, you are on your heels. also bend your knee and keep your upper body straight. look where you want to go.
when turning heel edge, you feel like you are slowly sitting down with toes pushing up against your boots, slightly turn your front knee out.
when turning toe edge, you feel like you are resting your shins on the tongue of the boots, turn your front knee in.

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While some people do learn quickly, I think people in general tend to exaggerate how fast of a learner they are on a snowboard. I don't know why that is, but my general instinct is to call bullshit whenever people say shit like that.

If you like it, give it a few more days out. Lessons are good if you can afford them, otherwise stick it out and you will eventually figure it out. Patience, persistence, perseverance and a positive attitude.
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how do you lose your board? I need to know the details. how is that even possible?

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How's that possible...well Nebraska is flat...so there is no downhill. But a snowboard leash is useful where there are knobs
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:01 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Get a leash! Your runaway board could seriously hurt someone down the mountain!
Take lessons, most people take around 3 full days to get from the green to the easy blues. Its better to start learning the basics correctly then to later have to unlearn them.

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How's that possible...well Nebraska is flat...so there is no downhill. But a snowboard leash is useful where there are knobs
what I mean is if he is strapped in how would the board come off?
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Took me 3 days, but i wanted to quit after 2 i was so bad, then it all just clicked, the 3 lessons that helped me the most was
1. Stop leaning back(try to reach towards the front of your board)
2. Make sure both feet are doing the same thing
3. Stay low
Good luck and yes more details on the runaway board?
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