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Old 02-07-2014, 11:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tricks to get the gf faster?

So my fiance is stil scared of going faster. It pisses me off knowing that she knows how to board on greens, but she gets intimidated on blues

I watched her the other day when we went boarding. I think she does fine when she goes on her toe edge, keeping the board angled enoug to still go down the mountain with slowing down too much. The problem is when she transitions to her heel edge. She turns it to the point of stopping because it scares her with the speed.

One major problem is shes stubborn... But she actually listened to me the last time.

What i had her do was to follow what i do. I basically went down the mountain on just my heel edge... Slowly going straighter and further down the mountain just by staying on my heel edge. She eventually was starting to get used to the angle of the board pointing closer and closer down the mountain instead of being perpendicular. Day ended when her legs got tired (her stamina sucks)

I think that by letting her get used to Going down the mountain staying on just an edge, and slowly decreasing the angle of the board, shell eventually get used to the speed... Hopefully making the angle of her turns smaller to maintain her speed

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Old 02-08-2014, 12:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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get progressively more pissed off till it clicks?
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sounds like you want her to be ok with speed when she is not yet comfortable with her riding. She needs to feel confident in her ability to switch edges so that she will feel in control enough to go faster.

I would think that she should work more on engaging her edge and traveling on her edge not just sliding down on an edge.
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Put a pair of shoes at the bottom of the slope...
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Don't force it, get her a lesson and go ride by yourself. If she wants to learn, she will. You can't make someone want to snowboard.
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I've had some positive results with getting a friend going faster by having him follow my line. He was very capable, but had a couple of nasty edge catches that left him pretty bruised up and killed his confidence.

What you have to do is go on a blue, go just a little faster than their comfortable speed, make turns that you know they can make, do the turns far apart on a wide open trail that's well groomed, and most importantly, don't get far ahead. Tell them to stay close, which will end up being not so close, definitely not more than 1 turn behind. You make a turn, they should be starting their turn as you are starting your straight line edge leaving the same turn.

Do it on a steep enough blue that you can hold a little speed without linking turns back to back. In other words, go to the trees on toe side, turn to heel, ride heel edge for a few seconds until your gf can make her turn and get back on your line, then make another turn back to toe side, ride toe edg a few seconds, etc.
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Put a pair of shoes at the bottom of the slope...
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Don't force it, get her a lesson and go ride by yourself. If she wants to learn, she will. You can't make someone want to snowboard.
Seriously,.. ^this^
Lessons are not only for NooBs just learning to snowboard. Lots of experienced, intermediate riders (...and maybe even a few advanced ones,) take lessons from time to time to work on skills, progression, un-learning bad habits, etc.

Get her in a lesson or two with a competent instructor to help her work on her skills and confidence.



...otherwise, yeah! Just keep getting more & more aggravated! That will eventually solve the problem for you, guaranteed!!!!
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As others have said, lessons with a good instructor would be the best way. Even if you're an instructor it's still better to have someone else teach her.

The problem with teaching your gf is it's okay to give a few tips here and there, but once you get into teaching mode and you need to push her a little, it's going to be tough trying to avoid crossing that line where she sees you as her BF being mean to her vs. seeing you as the instructor trying to push her to progress... that's how fights happen.
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Lessons or have her fallow your line. Giving her instruction isn't really going to work.
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