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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-24-2013, 06:26 PM
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Thanks! Your post is actually very encouraging. I hope that next season I can transition from learning to having more fun. Riding through glades would be an ultimate goal. I'm not really into park stuff, more into freeriding - so that sounds great.
Thats great!

I'm the same way about park. I started when I was 17 and watched all my friends who have been riding for years hit huge jumps. When I tried my first big air; after building up the courage, it was disastrous. I seriously couldn't walk or sit right for 2 weeks. After that I got better at sticking the landings but totally lost interest in it. After that I devoted all my future seasons to glades. Mostly because I'm an east coast rider and that's where its at.

My friends and I joke thats its the only way to have fun in the east.

-Moving On-

Some more advice:

Workout! (If you don't already)

Having strong legs and a solid back combined with great abs will make turning easier.

Lunges are a must for any snowboarder as it hits the major muscles you use when on the slopes.

Ankle Strength is another important factor (stretching to avoid injury)

So pretty much work on the 3 category's I spoke of earlier. (If you don't already)


Also check out post's by Snowolf

The guy has some crazy good advice that I wish I seen when I first started.

Good luck!
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So this is my first season snowboarding as well and I had no other experience on the mountain so I know how you feel.

After this season, I'm comfortable on my heel side as well as my toe sided turns. They are still skidding turns now but eventually I will be carving. I even attempted my first jumps in the park.

What really helped me was watching all the videos on youtube like the ones from the snowprofessor (How to Snowboard: Step 1 - Introduction to Snowboarding - YouTube)

They have lot of videos which can help you progress. They start from basically standing up on the board all the way up to jumps etc. Also read as much as you can.

I learned on a rocker board, which helped me out a lot.

Edit - I learned the most while going four days, back to back, at Heavenly and Northstar. Plus it also helped that my GF was helping me progress.
Yea, for some reason I'm more comfortable on my toe side. I don't know why. I think because I just learned on my toe side it was easier. I never tried traversing on my heels until I was forced to when I took a lesson, then I picked it up right away. So, now I'm able to link turns and I don't really notice a difference between the toe side and heel side turns as far as how "well" I can make the turns.

I watched the Snow professor videos and they are definitely helpful. It's also helpful just to watch videos of random people to see what they are doing.
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Thats great!

I'm the same way about park. I started when I was 17 and watched all my friends who have been riding for years hit huge jumps. When I tried my first big air; after building up the courage, it was disastrous. I seriously couldn't walk or sit right for 2 weeks. After that I got better at sticking the landings but totally lost interest in it. After that I devoted all my future seasons to glades. Mostly because I'm an east coast rider and that's where its at.

My friends and I joke thats its the only way to have fun in the east.

-Moving On-

Some more advice:

Workout! (If you don't already)

Having strong legs and a solid back combined with great abs will make turning easier.

Lunges are a must for any snowboarder as it hits the major muscles you use when on the slopes.

Ankle Strength is another important factor (stretching to avoid injury)

So pretty much work on the 3 category's I spoke of earlier. (If you don't already)


Also check out post's by Snowolf

The guy has some crazy good advice that I wish I seen when I first started.

Good luck!
Definitely interested in glades, but definitely not yet . Thanks for the tips!
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