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Old 12-04-2011, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Next weekend is opening day at my local hill. I finally got my brother locked into going with me. Due to financial reasons he cant afford a lesson, so it's on me to teach him to ride. Any tips on the best way to go about this? I learned the hard way, and have never had a lesson.
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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have him watch this video series on youtube (you should watch them too)
How to Snowboard: Step 2 - Skating and Stepping - YouTube
then just make him do that stuff
write down each step in a little notebook or save the vids on your cell phone to remind you not to skip steps

i did this with my gf it worked pretty well, we did the first few videos then she took a lesson and i helped her finish the videos and what they taught her in the lesson.

but lessons really aren't that expensive especially if you can get him a package like the learner lift ticket and lesson and rental together
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i want to see the responses too. I am a high intermediate to advanced rider, but when it comes to explaining the physics of it and teaching someone new to ride, i just dont seem to make sense when i explain it. Its almost like i half ass say something and make some motions with my hands and expect them to get what im saying and do it the 2nd time down. Now wake boarding on the other hand, i have been wakeboarding maybe 5 or 6 times, so im certainly a beginner. But the dude who taught me was an amazing rider, and explained it so well i can teach anyone to wakeboard just by repeating basically what he said and noticing where people mess up on their first few pulls and correcting it.
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the MAIN things would be to make sure he keeps a stacked position over his board and keeps his shoulders closed. that means he wants to keep an even amount of weight on both his feet, maybe even ever so slightly more on his front foot, and keeps his shoulders, hips and ankles all stacked over the board and not the snow. if you see him bending at the waist to make turns remind him to keep his back up nice and tall. if you put your weight over the snow thats probably where youll end up.
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Over the next week have the guy watch the snowprofessor videos and the video snowolf posted in this forum. If he can get them decently memorized it will prevent him from doing most of the beginner mistakes.

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Just teach them to stop on both heel and toe. Then just tell them to keep stopping on opposite edges each time.
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Good tips guys, thanks. We went to the park yesterday where there is a sledding hill. Not ideal conditions, but worked for a little learning. I had him skate around a bit, do some 1 foot glides, and after about a half hour got him to where he can heelside slide slip and falling leaf down that little hill with out falling. I'm going to have him watch Snowolfs videos before we go, and maybe go to the park again if the snow stays around. I took a few "runs" myself, felt great even though riding on 4-6" of snow over frozen ground on a hill only big enough to link 2 turns kind of sucked, it was still fun.
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Before you ever take the lift, spend plenty of time doing one footed fade turn!
I wish someone had taught me this before shoving me on a lift. Getting off the lifts with 3 other people was more intimidating than going down the run on my first day. I eventually learned how to on my own... but not after falling many times and maybe taking out another rider or two.
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First teach him how to fall, get him drunk, strap on helmet, take to the gnarliest run and push him down the hill.
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how old is your brother? if he's younger all you really have to do is tell him to keep his arms open, have a nice relaxed stance, point to where he wants to go let his head and shoulders follow. If he's not afraid of falling and doesn't mind being in a lot of pain... he should be able to connect turns really poorly by the end of the day.

If he's a little bit older then you will need a lot of patience. You might have to unstrap and walk him down the bunny hill, helping him balance so he gets a better feel for how he should balance his weight on the board and how he should twist/transfer weight hips... etc..

I can't teach because I have no patience... also.. lessons can be a waste of time. My first time out, I paid for one of those beginner lifts, rentals and lessons package... the guy took us to the top of the green run and said point to where you're going and move your shoulders... he watched us all do 1 heelside carve and then bolted to the bottom of the hill and waited for us... when we all got down he said, great i'll meet you at the top and we'll do that again... that's how I was taught so that's how I teach my friends, except I don't wait for them at the bottom of the hill lol
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