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How to Teach a New Rider

I know what you're thinking... "Just pay for lessons." Well, that's really not in the budget right now. I know it's the fastest and best way to learn. I took lessons. I know. But it's not gonna happen.

Anyway, my friend is coming snowboarding with me, and I'd like to be able to give her a few tips. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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there is a lot of video on youtube for new rider.
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but unfortunately she won't sit down long enough to watch any like ive suggested. Shes convinced that shes gonna be a total pro her first day out. i just want to know how i can help her once we're out there.
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just want to know how i can help her once we're out there.
Bring asprin/ibuprofen, beer and $20 to help get her a lesson with a hot instructor.

Otherwise show her how to fall correctly.
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I had a friend that "knew" he'd be a pro on the first run... He was a pro at sitting on his ass by the days end... He couldn't get down 1 run the entire day. He was opposite of pro..... lol
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How old is she? If she's that stubborn, take her to the top of the mountain, drop her off and meet her at the bottom after you've had your 6th beer.......then take her to get lessons.
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Friends and boyfriends/girlfriends are the worst people to learn from. Years of teaching let me watch many a couple screaming at eachother until they finally paid for lessons (or broke up right there). There will be a lot of "just do this" followed by "I am doing it that doesn't work!" but if you teaching is a must then here's the most basic.
Weight goes on the front foot (hardest thing for people to convince themselves to do) turns are all initiated with the front foot. its basically like a gas pedal. Obviously there's body movement/control/placement etc. but feet are a good place to start.
Step 1: front toes go up, back foot stays flat
Step 2: Back toes come up and now you're on heel edge
Step 3: Set front toes down back toes stay up
Step 4: Back toes go down now your pointed down hill again

Do the same thing only lifting heels to go toe side.
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The exercise that saved my ass in beginner lessons that I still remember is to swivel your head in the direction of the turn and let your board follow. Obviously as you advance you move further down the body finally landing all the way to the feet to initiate turns but for that first day out it made all the difference. Toe side turn your head to look straight up at the top of the hill. Heel side look to the bottom of the hill. Exaggerate it. I am actually taking a novice lesson this weekend to brush up on my switch which I have studiously avoided all these years. If we get any new exercises that I think helped I will pass them along.
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Friends and boyfriends/girlfriends are the worst people to learn from. Years of teaching let me watch many a couple screaming at eachother until they finally paid for lessons (or broke up right there). There will be a lot of "just do this" followed by "I am doing it that doesn't work!" but if you teaching is a must then here's the most basic.
Weight goes on the front foot (hardest thing for people to convince themselves to do) turns are all initiated with the front foot. its basically like a gas pedal. Obviously there's body movement/control/placement etc. but feet are a good place to start.
Step 1: front toes go up, back foot stays flat
Step 2: Back toes come up and now you're on heel edge
Step 3: Set front toes down back toes stay up
Step 4: Back toes go down now your pointed down hill again

Do the same thing only lifting heels to go toe side.
Haha trying to give my ex snowboarding lessons I think was our first step down the path to relationship hell. Can't think of many worse experiences, luckily the upgraded version shreds as hard as I do!

To the OP, good luck, you'll need more patience than you think.
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tell her to put weight on the front foot and look where she wants to go

...and please shoot some video

(seriously, if she insists on learning the hard way, let her. after a run or two she will be more 'receptive' i bet!)
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