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post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-23-2012, 05:24 PM
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Snowwolf's videos are good, and so is the Snowboard Addiction LTR video... but honestly, yeah, put her in a lesson.
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careful there mjd
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I have the same problem teaching my girl as well. This is her 2nd year and she hasn't improved at all! Her problem isn't the techniques; it's her fear of falling and I don't know how to help her conquer her fear
My solution to this in the past has been to put some sort of strong alcoholic beverage in a coffee cup and suck it down quickly on the way to the hill. Why a coffee cup? People don't seem to feel the need to "intervene" if they think you're having a warm caffeinated beverage instead.

Seriously though, she has to get over the fear and just go for it. She'll fall more the more she holds back.
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Lessons. Friends don't let friends teach friends and that goes double for people in relationships.

Example: From the lift I watched this guy teaching his friend how to board from a pair of skis. He was telling his friend he had to commit to his toe-side. This is of course after catching his toeside. Seems to me the problem wasn't with committing to his toes. An instructor would be able to recognize what was actually happening and give "meaningful" feedback to this person. Instructor's don't go into lessons with preconceptions about how a person might process information and discover the best way to communicate.

Do yourself a big favor and get her a lesson and go do some freeriding so you both are happy.
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You fucked up...you taught her to "BRAKE"...duh...you re-enforced her fear even though she has protection, you have set up the wrong expectations...no wonder she can't ride.

LESSONS give the poor girl a chance.


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Lessons

Get her a lesson. Teaching your significant other is a challenge because it sets up a power struggle in the relationship. Doing that will ruin a good relationship and make a bad relationship worse. I've seen it wreck tons of relationships. Better to get her some lessons or split the cost on an all women's program. Long term, you'll both be happier. Short term, at the end of the day you'll be able to sleep in the same bed that night.

I've been teaching snowboarding for 12 years, AASI Level III certified, and staff trainer at a mountain for 7years. Last season my gf wanted to learn how to snowboard and asked me to teach her and her friend and I refused. She was annoyed but got over it when she and her friend were in a lesson and saw a couple yelling at each other on the bunny slope. Now, the only teaching I give her are advice when she asks for it.
She's improving, we have fun riding together all day, and can still stand to look at each other at the bar after a day of riding.
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I have to agree with what these guys are telling you. The lessons are SO worth it. SHe'll learn faster, and you'll both have way more fun. I'm a full time instructor and staff trainer and see the same thing all the time. Where are you located? I work at Sugarbush, (an hour from Killington). If you're ever going to be up this way let me know. The biggest thing to remember is that its supposed to be fun. If she's not having fun she won't learn anything nor will she want to try again. Best of luck to you guys!
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I will take one day and go back to the basics, starting from skating, gliding, and 1footed strapped in basic turns

Once i feel like shes progressing in these areas, well go a bit faster with gliding and strap the other foot on for 2 footed turns/stops and garlands

We plan on going again next tues... In the mean time ill have her do some exercised to strengthen her leg muscles some
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I will take one day and go back to the basics, starting from skating, gliding, and 1footed strapped in basic turns

Once i feel like shes progressing in these areas, well go a bit faster with gliding and strap the other foot on for 2 footed turns/stops and garlands

We plan on going again next tues... In the mean time ill have her do some exercised to strengthen her leg muscles some
dude are you fucking clueless? you've got a whole page of people here telling you to get her in a real lesson and you're still intent on ruining both of your days floundering on the bunny hill trying to hammer on shit that she already can't pick up from you teaching it?

you're just going to waste another day on suck.

if you're that stubborn then you deserve what you get, and if you're so broke that you or her can't afford a lesson then you shouldn't really be snowboarding

get a grip kid
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We will get lessons

I am taking everyting in this thread into consideration, but she wants me to teach her one last time. I dont plan on boarding that day, ill just stay on the buny
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