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Old 01-03-2014, 12:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Did I learn fast? Or is this normal.

Just started boarding 3 days ago at my local resort .

First day I got heel side regular turns down pretty good.
Toeside however, I kept clawing at the snow and leaning way over.
Nothing switch yet. I always fell.

Second day. After warming up and falling twice. I got heel side and toe side regular stops/traverses pretty damn good. I was doing S turns whenever.
By the end of my day, I was starting to get heel side and toe side switch .

My buddy told me it'll take 3 days just to not fall?

Is he just bad? Or am I good? Or am I average? Bad even?
Like did some of you start and got all this right away?

I'm not trolling or anything, I'm genuinely curious trying to gauge my progress level, and I don't have many boarder peers.

Thx guys
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That's pretty good thats the pace I learned at.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you can make it down a mountain on a snowboard without dying I consider it good! Don't focus so much on not falling because progression at all levels will involve falling.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The basics are not very hard. It is normal.

What is important now is that you do not get cocky. Advanced beginners and low intermediates tend to ride at speeds dangerously above their ability to control.

It is so fucking fun when it "clicks"!....be careful...turn more, its not a race to see who can sit on the chairlift the most.
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Some people, I'm positive are doing jumps the first day.

First time I ever tried it, I got on it & rode away.

But I had gone over it in my head thousands of times.

What I didn't go over, & nobody thought to tell me.

Was catching my toe-side edge & face planting in the snow faster than you can get your hands out in front of you.

You only do that once

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Old 01-03-2014, 03:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Quite normal indeed. Learned 'linking' turns on the second day on an indoor slope. Well, that is to say: I learned some crippled form of them and it weren't exactly nice turns. Took me a lot more days to learn the proper techniques instead of trying weird combos of upper body movement/ruddering :]
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah it takes 3 days for most people to learn how to ride, by that i mean successfully linking turns and stopping when they want to. Some people do it a bit faster some people slower.

Personally it took me two days of lessons and then the morning before my lesson began I figured it out the third day. At the end of the day snowboarding is pretty easy.
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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It is a continuum. You can learn enough to 'not fall' in just a day or two. If you just started linking turns a day or two ago then you should have just enough skills to make it down most slopes without causing yourself major injury (even if you must side slip them).

Just riding down groomers or intermediate slopes doesn't require much more skill than that. It is when you start throwing in adders like speed, irregular terrain, obstacles, tricks or specific techniques that you will start to notice the limitations of just having the basics under your belt.

Don't stress out about learning everything immediatly, though... what is most important is to enjoy yourself.
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:20 AM   #9 (permalink)
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you are about average.
now go try a blue lane doing skiers slalom see if you can hold and switch those edges quickly and steady.
it takes 3 days to get the basics right then it takes 3 years to perfect it. your next thing will be turning it into subconsciousness. try riding while doing something distracting suck as staring at a cute girl.

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