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Help take us from beginner to intermediate

Hey guys, I've been teaching my gf how to ride and she is now at the point where its becoming difficult for me to pin point some technical things with her riding, especially since I'm also still improving my own riding.

In the beginning I was trying to make sure that she doesn't counter-rotate and doesn't rudder and at this point I'm trying to emphasize hips during toe carves, letting the board carve out the turn and not rushing it and initiating with the front foot (transferring a little bit of weight onto the front foot)

What are some other things to improve on that I can work on her with as well as also do myself.


Here is a short clip of her riding.

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Hey guys, I've been teaching my gf how to ride...
Best tip anyone can offer: Never teach your gf/so to ride or ski! Buy her lesson, then take off by yourself for a couple of hours. Your relationship will last longer, and you'll both enjoy the sport more.
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BTW, for a beginner she doesn't look too bad. Teach her to bomb it down that wide-open empty trail! Screw turns!
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Best tip anyone can offer: Never teach your gf/so to ride or ski! Buy her lesson, then take off by yourself for a couple of hours. Your relationship will last longer, and you'll both enjoy the sport more.
Agreed on the lesson btw, also i'm not the typical teacher. I give her tips and let her work them in by herself and in the meantime we enjoy riding together. As you can see she's come pretty far, I'm just looking for some more tips to give her in case I'm missing something in her form. I think she needs to initiate with her front foot more and let the board do its job.

In general my main tip for her is relax and enjoy !

P.S.: I've taught her from never even seeing a snowboard to that, so I think I've done pretty well so far, but I think im at the point where she may need to take some more advanced lessons. We just dont have enough $$ for that. So, I'm just looking for some general form critique.
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I've been kinda teaching my wife to ride so I know how you feel. I'm not the best rider either I'm maybe intermediate to high-intermediate. I can't really teach her too much anyhow since she doesn't really listen to me, she is also stubborn and refuses to take a lesson. Haha lucky me.

Anyhow on to your girlfriend, she looks good especially heel edge. She is basically carving heel edge, but she might need to get lower and bend knees more on heel edge when on steeper/faster terrain. But she is still ruddering on toe-edge. She needs to stick her crotch out on toe-edge more. Get her to watch Wrath's creepy basement video. She is doing really well, better than my wife.

Another option is to take a couples lesson. I did this a month ago and it was fun, I'm alot better than my wife so I did the whole lesson switch. My switch riding got tons better and she got some great tips. I highly recommend this option if your switch riding is as bad as your wife's normal riding. haha
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She needs to stick her crotch out on toe-edge more.
Absolutely! Its funny you say this because I recorded this literally minutes after saying "try sticking your hips out", she hasn't been doing that before, so this was her first time trying it. I think as she gets used to the feeling and starts sticking her crotch out even further she'll definitely get better.
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My wife has asked me several times to teach her to drive stick.

I prefer the fight of refusing to teach her over the alternative.

18 years its not not working lol.
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I think she's doing pretty good. She's past the point where people on the chair are looking and waiting for disaster to strike and well on her way to where they're acknowledging 'snowboarding chicks are awesome'.

Work on her toe side ruddering mainly. It's the one thing that really sticks out. Get her a bit more dynamic.
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Best tip anyone can offer: Never teach your gf/so to ride or ski! Buy her lesson, then take off by yourself for a couple of hours. Your relationship will last longer, and you'll both enjoy the sport more.
I will even go as far as to pay for my GF's lessons. It allows me to hit up my favorite styles of riding and I don't have to stay on greens all day.
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She's doing great! She's a keeper
Have her glue her trailing elbow to her ribs.
She could sit/squat a bit more on heelside

Have her let the board run...instead of swishing her back foot. Swishing the back foot kind of finishes the turn too early. In part that's why in the creepy vid...the focus is on the front/leading side of the body...and in general you just let the front knee, hip and shoulder lead...and since your body is aligned, in the cereal box, the trailing part of your body will just follow....and you don't need to over-rotate and end up swishing. But you let the board run and use the sidecut of the board...instead of your body...and thus it becomes more efficient riding because you are using the designed sidecut to do the work.

The main thing is...she is not attacking the nose. You can see that she is not getting on that front knee and really bending/driving it. And that as a result...abit later in the turn (at the finish) she is overcompensating on the trailing leg by swishing it....which you also see that she is bending the rear knee more than her front knee.

another thing that might help is for her to get her leading shoulder in the game...she has pretty good form, i.e., stacking and alignment...but she is not attacking the initiation of the turns...which will involve becoming a bit more dynamic in the phases of the turn. That is, going down on the initiation, squatting in the middle and rising up on the finish of the turns. She looks abit hesitant and is not weighting the nose...and is kind of in the middle to slightly too far in the back seat....get her to shift her leading hip (and shoulder) sideways toward the nose...while also driving/bending that front knee (toeside). And for heelside...getting on the nose, swinging the front knee towards the nose and get her hip and leading shoulder also in the rotation towards heelside....then squatting more in the middle of the heelside turn.


anyway my long-winded armchair 2 cents


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