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Old 11-12-2012, 09:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, I am only going to get two days on the slopes this year. I am a good skier but have never snowboarded. I wake board and wake surf regularly and I usually pick up new sports easily. My question is, is it better to spend a half day taking a lesson or just picking up and learning by doing? I have never taken a lesson for any sport but I want to make the most of my two days and if that means a half day lesson will make the rest of the time better, then that is what I will do.

Also, I will probably buy a board and bindings since I expect to spend most time on the slopes in the future on a snowboard. Any feedback on boards and bindings will be appreciated. FYI, I am 6'4" and 220 lbs.

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Old 11-12-2012, 10:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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always yes. Just spend an hour and a half on a group lesson in the morning just to get the basics down and pointed in the right direction,
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by IdahoFreshies View Post
always yes. Just spend an hour and a half on a group lesson in the morning just to get the basics down and pointed in the right direction,
Agreed, I wasn't even going to read your post. I was just going to say always, yes..... actually I didn't read it.... just yes!
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Take a beginner lesson and get a feel on your own, nothing beats actual time spend on the slope. Maybe a ride improvement lessons 1 to 2 seasons afterward to correct some bad habits you might have picked up.
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If you only have two days, then time is of the essence. While a group lesson is a damned sight better than trying to learn yourself (believe me on this, I went the latter route), the problem is that the lesson moves at the pace of the slowest student. If you get a private lesson, then it will move at whatever pace you're capable of. You're almost certain to come out of the two hours a lot farther ahead, and more ready to enjoy the remaining almost 2 days. Yeah, they're more expensive, but in your situation I'd think it's worth it.

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I agree with DONUTZ - totally!
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:51 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Private lesson > Group lesson > Learning from a friend > Learning on your own.

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if you forego any lessons you may just spend the entire time face down in the snow.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:52 AM   #9 (permalink)
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If by making the most of your trip, you mean learning how to snowboard by the end, then take a lesson.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I wish I would have taken lessons. My brother gave me a few pointers, he didn't even start me out on the bunny hill, instead took me to a green where it was steep off the lift. Didn't make it far until I caught an edge and hit my head(without a helmet ). That left me with a headache the rest of the day and made it less fun. I learned by trial and bruises, but I wouldn't recommend that to anyone. Get a lesson, buy or rent a helmet, and it will be more enjoyable. And have fun!
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