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Old 03-22-2013, 09:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am planning a trip to our somewhat local mountain this season. One of the rules of the mountain is that I have to have a 4 hour lesson before I'm allowed on the main slope. The question comes in regarding what I can expect out of the 4 hours. It will be a 2 hour lesson in the morning with about an hour and a half between. For lunch or practice or whatever I supose. Then a second 2 hour lesson in the afternoon. If all goes well and i progress as the general person would, can I enjoy the rest of my stay on the hill, or is 4 hours not really enough to learn what I would need to go and do my own thing. The resort only has the one hill, none of the green, blue, black ot seems everywhere else has. You can check it out at www.afriski.net they have a 360 view of the hill. If you sugest more lessons I will cut my stay down a day and take another one. Other wise I plan on 4 nights and 5 days on the slope. Mid week off season, so there won't be to many people in the lessons taking up to much time. And on a side, can I expect to be jumping anything and doing any tricks with in that time.
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There is a lot of factors to consider when evaluating progress from a lesson. How well your instructor relates to you, and how well you relate to the instructors teaching style. Do you have any board experience at all? (ie:skateboard, wakeboard) Or have you skied before? How athletic are you?

Looking at the hill, I would say you should be fine after a 4 hour lesson. To help boost that, check out the videos and posts in this section.
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I have spent some time on a skateboard. Never bothered with any tricks. And I have been out water skiing. Managed to get up ok and go along behind the boat. Haven't been on a surfboard in years tho. And I can unicycle. Haha. Can't idle to great yet tho. I'm pretty athletic. Trained in Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappeling 2 hours a night 4 times a week for about a year. Have read that people plan long trips, then on the first time out the realize its harder than they thought or take a knock that scares them off and spend the rest of the time in the room with a hot drink. Motivation isn't an issue, I will get up and try again and again. And I'm used to there beeing a certain amount of ouch in my sports. So that's nothing that will scare me off. Realy just trying to work out if a day of lessons and 4 full days of boarding is to much for a first trip. Just a thing, you asked about skateboarding, how similar is the turning technique on a skateboard to a snowboard.
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Realy just trying to work out if a day of lessons and 4 full days of boarding is to much for a first trip. Just a thing, you asked about skateboarding, how similar is the turning technique on a skateboard to a snowboard.
My guess is you'll be fine for 4 days. What you do over that span will really be determined by what you manage to pick up during your lessons. Everybody is different so it's basically impossible to try and prognosticate what your experience will be during your trip.
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I just checked out that link posted...is there really only one run on the whole hill? I've never seen anything like this.

5 days out there? I feel like you might get a bit bored. That jump line looks fun though...but I think that might be outta your ability, no offense.
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Absolutely none taken. I do agree it will be to much for me. That's the problem living in South Africa. Don't have much choice. And traveling to an international slope is just to expensive at the moment. Not risking all that money if I'm not confident that I will be able to pick this up. But some others have said they have learned all the baisics in a day and been jumping little humps in 3. So I will just hold thumbs and see what happens. Thanks guys.
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I have spent some time on a skateboard. Never bothered with any tricks. And I have been out water skiing. Managed to get up ok and go along behind the boat. Haven't been on a surfboard in years tho. And I can unicycle. Haha. Can't idle to great yet tho. I'm pretty athletic. Trained in Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappeling 2 hours a night 4 times a week for about a year. Have read that people plan long trips, then on the first time out the realize its harder than they thought or take a knock that scares them off and spend the rest of the time in the room with a hot drink. Motivation isn't an issue, I will get up and try again and again. And I'm used to there beeing a certain amount of ouch in my sports. So that's nothing that will scare me off. Realy just trying to work out if a day of lessons and 4 full days of boarding is to much for a first trip. Just a thing, you asked about skateboarding, how similar is the turning technique on a skateboard to a snowboard.
Having some experience skateboarding will help a little in that you have a feel for going sideways. Also the balance from your martial arts training should be a big plus, I know that helped me a bunch when I started.

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I just checked out that link posted...is there really only one run on the whole hill? I've never seen anything like this.

5 days out there? I feel like you might get a bit bored. That jump line looks fun though...but I think that might be outta your ability, no offense.
Lol, I thought the same thing. The best thing about a small hill is that they are great places to learn. If you look at the trail map for my local hill (Mt. Cresant Ia) it's not much different.
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I am planning a trip to our somewhat local mountain this season. One of the rules of the mountain is that I have to have a 4 hour lesson before I'm allowed on the main slope. The question comes in regarding what I can expect out of the 4 hours. It will be a 2 hour lesson in the morning with about an hour and a half between. For lunch or practice or whatever I supose. Then a second 2 hour lesson in the afternoon. If all goes well and i progress as the general person would, can I enjoy the rest of my stay on the hill, or is 4 hours not really enough to learn what I would need to go and do my own thing. The resort only has the one hill, none of the green, blue, black ot seems everywhere else has. You can check it out at www.afriski.net they have a 360 view of the hill. If you sugest more lessons I will cut my stay down a day and take another one. Other wise I plan on 4 nights and 5 days on the slope. Mid week off season, so there won't be to many people in the lessons taking up to much time. And on a side, can I expect to be jumping anything and doing any tricks with in that time.
This is pretty cool. Who knew you could snowboard in Africa?! That is awesome!!

You have a pretty athletic background and that should help. I was a skateboarder also and that does transfer some skills. I would think that should be plenty of time to learn by trial and error after the lesson. I would bet after 5 days you will want a bigger hill.

Below is something I have posted before that may help you as a beginner. I have only been snowboarding a year so it is fresh in my mind Post some pictures here from the trip. This is pretty interesting. Good luck. Shred Africa!!

I started snowboarding one year ago when I was 44 years old. I was 40 pounds over weight and hadn't exercised in 20 years. I grew up skateboarding in the 70's but had no experience with snow sports. I always really wanted to snowboard because I was a skateboarder but I never had the opportunity. My 4 kids got snowboards last year and they wanted me to go. At the time my kids were 14, 13, 10, and 6 so it was a good opportunity for me to fall down with them. I had heard the horror stories from my 13 year old son who is very athletic just killing himself and failing so I was a little nervous.

My two first trips to the "bunny hills" at our local hill were brutal. I was totally out of shape and very worried about getting injured because I am the sole provider. My wife was terrified I was going to kill myself. My first real run where I got serious speed I caught an edge at the bottom of the hill and landed on my chest. I got the wind knocked out of me and had a bruise the size of a softball on my sternum. My kids thought I was going to die.

Here are some of my recommendations:

-Make sure you really want to do this badly. I would have never been able to push through the pain and difficulty of being out of shape but I REALLY wanted to snowboard.

-Trust and understand what your boots, bindings and board are built to do. I have never been involved with an activity where the equipment plays such a critical role. Each component is designed in a certain way to assist you in riding your board.

-Watch Snow Wolf's videos. I learned how to snowboard from his videos and now is a perfect time to watch them. You have been out there a few times and his advice will make more sense now.

-Get protective equipment. The older we get the more consequences there are to falling. Get hip, knee and rear pads. This will allow you to take the risks you need to learn with less fear of pain. This year I also purchased the Level Super Pipe Gloves with the bio-metric wrist support. These are amazing and excellent for avoiding wrist injuries. My wrist hurt for 6 months after the season last year. They were the first thing I bought this year. The first time I wore them my confidence improved.

-I have noticed when you are trying to learn something new, at the point when it is the worst you are about to have a break through. Oftentimes if you take a week off and you come back to the activity you make more progress. Lessons are great but there is nothing harder than trying to do something and failing in front of someone else. Go to the hill by yourself and just work on specific points to improve. Don't over think. Don't try to get too technical.

-It is going to hurt!! Before I started snowboarding I asked a few of my friends who had kids if they ever snowboarded. These guys were all in great shape and worked out regularly. Everyone of them told me don't do it. They said it hurt more than anything they have ever done and they would never get on a board again. It hurts to walk in the boots when you start, falling hurts and your pride hurts. Your body will adapt and it will stop hurting.

-If you are working out keeping doing it. I snowboarded 10 times in 2 months last year. This was my exercise and I was losing weight. I was also building stamina. The more tired you are the harder it is to execute while on your board. I realized when I got tired I would start making mistakes that I made on my first runs ever. I was afraid of injury so I would stop immediately. The more in shape you get the easier it is to ride. I realized it is hard to balance when you have a fat gut hanging in front of you. During the summer I started biking and this has improved my stamina greatly on my board this year.
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