I'm very new to the sport at an older age. I took 2 lessons this past weekend, each about 2 hour long and it was SO MUCH FUN! I've never ski in my life, and first time snowboarding this weekend.
So, I've learned some really basic things and is still struggling through some. I thought the instructors were very very good. First day, we were taught the basics (sorry, i don't know alot of the terms), skating, j turns, going down the hill on toe or heel edge (board perpendicular to the hill so it goes slow), falling leaf. 2nd day we tried to solidify our heel edge and toe edge going down. Here's my problem. I'm okay with heel side going down. I looked at some youtube videos, and shockingling, I thought I was doing falling leaf on heel side, but after checking out the video, basically I was doing what the video described as aggressive heelside turn??? Because my board is mostly pointed nose down and I do a j turn to stop or slow down and I go to my left and do the same thing (I ride goofy) I essentially has no control over the speed.
YouTube - How to Snowboard : Aggressive Heelside Snowboarding Turns
I absolutely hate my toe side edge when turning. I'm very unstable on this side. I initiate my turn pushing my shin towards my boots (both feet) lowering myself down and if i'm lucky, i make the turn and stop, if not, i fall forward. I felt like it's alot harder to do a smooth turn and stop on the toe edge. Or worse, I have a strange tendency to lean towards my heel and fall on my ass hard. I have to keep reminding myself of this but sometimes I would forget.
Any tips for getting over this fear?
Also, it takes me a long time from going down the hill to make a turn, i tend to glide quickly down (nose of board pointing down) then i would put pressure on heels to initiate my j turn and dig in to stop, but this process takes up half of my bunny slope, so I can only do a few turns or falling leaf before I get to the bottom. Tips?
I realized that I'm older, but I'm quite athletic, even so, snowboarding is very difficult, but I'm determined to learn it. At least to be able to get thru some blue runs doing S turns by the end of the season.
Any tips for an absolute beginner would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!