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Old 11-25-2012, 08:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Either at brian head or mount charleston is where ill be taking the lessons. I was talking to a snowboard shop rep and he told me to take lessons, instead of buying a board now wait and get lessons first. My question though is should i do group or private lessons? I can get up easy enough but other than that I suck! For a 2 hour group lesson its about 90 dollars for 2 hours private is around 160 dollars.
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I did group lessons my first time out and it was the best thing I ever did. I think the first few lessons would be just fine in a group. Though this is just my opinion.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Everyone will most likely say go private and I would agree. With group lessons you stay at the level of the worst person in the group. It's more fun to learn with others, but if you want to learn at your own pace, go private. That way, if your really good, you will progress quickly rather than sit back and wait for the worst person in the group to catch on. Or conversely, if your awful, you aren't holding the others back. Lol

So in conclusion, if the cost isn't a problem, go with private.
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Check out this thread for a long discussion:

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/tip...ns-yes-no.html
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Either at brian head or mount charleston is where ill be taking the lessons. I was talking to a snowboard shop rep and he told me to take lessons, instead of buying a board now wait and get lessons first. My question though is should i do group or private lessons? I can get up easy enough but other than that I suck! For a 2 hour group lesson its about 90 dollars for 2 hours private is around 160 dollars.

PRIVATE! It is so worth it! I come from a longboarding background and thought I would know what to do...BOY WAS I WRONG. So I got a private lesson and that same day I was riding greens from the top to bottom on Stratton Mountain in Vermont. The next day I re-practiced what I was taught and by the third time out it kinda clicked and hit a blue run with out falling. Truly an accomplishment for a new rider. I know I couldn't have done it without that one on one and the refinement the instructor helped me with.

If you are good in a class setting and want to meet people than there is nothing wrong with a class, but if you are like me and just want one on one do a private.

That said any lesson is better than no lesson.
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Everyone will most likely say go private and I would agree. With group lessons you stay at the level of the worst person in the group. It's more fun to learn with others, but if you want to learn at your own pace, go private. That way, if your really good, you will progress quickly rather than sit back and wait for the worst person in the group to catch on. Or conversely, if your awful, you aren't holding the others back. Lol

So in conclusion, if the cost isn't a problem, go with private.
This is so true!
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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What are greens by the way? Donutz i did check out that thread, right after i posted this one. Good info in there
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The other thing, how many hours should i take the class for? i do wakeboard a bit, definitely learned that its different though. I can take the class for 1-6 hours if i go private
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What are greens by the way? Donutz i did check out that thread, right after i posted this one. Good info in there
Greens are designated easy runs. They typically are low angle wide slopes with few obstacles. Best area for beginners to learn on.

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The other thing, how many hours should i take the class for? i do wakeboard a bit, definitely learned that its different though. I can take the class for 1-6 hours if i go private
I would start off with two hours minimum to begin with. 1 hour usually isn't enough for the first time. When you get private lessons you can usually extended them for more hours. See how the lesson goes and how you interact with the instructor. You can then choose to add more hours or practice on what you have been taught. This strategy then could work over multiple days. Start off with a couple hours lesson and then free-ride/practice what you have been taught.
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