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Old 07-29-2014, 05:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am new to this forum. I live in The Netherlands and I have about 5 years of snowboarding experience in Austria. Next year, I will go to Austria for a week with my parents who are experienced skiers and with my girlfriend who has never done any kind of snowboarding before. My parents will take their own route and my girlfriend and I will go our own route so I can teach her the basics of snowboarding with the goal that she will be able to go down a red piste with some nice curves at the end of the week.

I will be staying in a hotel room with her so after the snowboarding day I have time to explain things she may have done wrong.

Are there any specific things I should tell her or watch out for? Do you guys have any tips on how to teach her?
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Here is the most valuable piece of advice that has been said on here many times before: If you want to stay in a relationship, don't teach her yourself. Buy her a lesson from a qualified instructor. Your sanity and sex life will thank you later.
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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^^ what he said get a qualified instructor.
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Two of my oldest school friends came on their first trip this Jan. They had a private lesson every other morning and practiced in the afternoons. Towards the end of the week I took them to the top of the mountain - we had a great (if slow) day. No real coaching from me other than 'get your weight over your front foot more, no more... a bit more, thats it'. It worked and they're both booked up for next season. Whatever you do don't push her - the key is to make sure a newb has fun. You might want to look at group lessons, progress might be slower but she'll have more fun and it really helps to have others of similar ability around.

My first snowboard trip was almost my last. I picked up the basics in a couple of hours so my mates decided to take me places I had no business going. One twisted ankle and bruised ego later and I was ready to pack it in. Ever since I've made sure not to make beginners feel out of their depth (intermediates who overestimate their abilities are fair game and get taught a lesson!)

I don't know how far away from a snow dome you are but a couple of lessons in one has really helped beginners in the past - if only to get them used to the equipment and getting the very basics down so no time is wasted on the actual mountain.

Edit: If you take her to Landgraaf she could even get acquainted with chairlifts before going to Austria.

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Here is the most valuable piece of advice that has been said on here many times before: If you want to stay in a relationship, don't teach her yourself. Buy her a lesson from a qualified instructor. Your sanity and sex life will thank you later.
This dude is 150% correct. I tried teaching my girlfriend and it was horrible. First off teaching is not easy, I even prepared for the session and figured out what moves we'd do in which order but eheh to no avail. Second the teaching dynamics are just bad, I guarantee she will listen better to a paid instructor with less frustration. My girlfriend picked up nothing and finally slammed hurting her tailbone. Good vibes? check. Sex in the resort hotel? check. No persistent fear on the slopes? check. Decent skill progression? check. OKok after a year she was able to forget the slam and after two paid lessons it all went smoothly. Don't do it man!

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I will be staying in a hotel room with her so after the snowboarding day I have time to explain things she may have done wrong.

Are there any specific things I should tell her or watch out for? Do you guys have any tips on how to teach her?
If you want to continue to be able to stay with her in the room, I would encourage you not to Explain things she may have done wrong
Let a qualified instructer do that..... otherwise, you will soon find that you will be purchasing another room, or staying with your parents
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Here is the most valuable piece of advice that has been said on here many times before: If you want to stay in a relationship, don't teach her yourself. Buy her a lesson from a qualified instructor. Your sanity and sex life will thank you later.
What he said.
The question has popped up several times, the answer stays the same. Don't do it if you want to keep a good relationship. Maybe if she's a super nice super calm super subordinant never frustrated always sunny person, you maybe won't end up quarreling, but then there's still the question, if you actually can teach. Knowing to snowboard doesn't mean you can teach. You need a good knowledge on the dynamics and have the eye to see mistakes and the ability to translate this verbally.
BTW: also counts the other way around, not only for girls. I've sent my SO to a friend to get horseriding lessons tho I give lessons myself to other ppl.
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tried to teach my gf to snowboard last season, everything was ok except snowboarding Wasn't pushy, didn't raise voice, was calm and polite, so she still sucks a lot at snowboarding, she still doesn't know how to initiate a toe side turn, maybe next season
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I couldn't help wondering,.. In the 3+ years I've been a member here. "How many times has this question come up?" Well,..! I Googled it! Using Snowboardingforum.com specific search terms. Here is the answer to MY question! TEACH THE GF LINKS

...With any luck, it may prove to be the answer to the OP's!!!

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Wow, I knew this question was asked a lot even since I've been on the forum. Chomps -- that google search results you posted is very enlightening!

I'd say the simplest and safest approach is to encourage them to train in the off-season with you. Stretching, balance exercises, core strength and cardio -- goes a long way in making their first time on a snowboard more enjoyable. I'd also say that getting them familiar with the gear before they ever set foot on a mountain helps a ton too. It helps you focus on learning how to link turns on your first day, rather than wasting time trying to figure out how to strap into your bindings. Lastly, have them watch a few youtube videos on getting on and off the lift. This is probably the biggest mental hurdle most people have to get over when they first start out -- looks a lot more difficult than it really is and watching videos on how to do it ahead of time builds up confidence.

Good luck!
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