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Old 02-04-2014, 11:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm 29, live in Toronto, Canada and finally decided to take up snowboarding.

So I tried snowboarding a few times years ago, you know the whole renting a place for a weekend, snowboard during the day using rental and what not, wanted to pursue it but friends didn't care for it. Not wanting to do it alone I forgot about it. Now years later that I have my skydiving needs sorted out and no more real expenses for it to be done, I decided to start snowboarding as well even if I have to start without them.

Now I'm starting to read about different boards, sizes, and their purpose, and how to start and it's getting very excited. The goal is to start next season, unless I find a great deal on equipment this season still and get a few sessions going.

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Old 02-04-2014, 11:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So did you ride enough to know you will like it? A new rider to the game is always awesome, but there is no point in buying gear if you aren't sure your going to be completely into it.

I rented a few times before I bought my first board.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So did you ride enough to know you will like it? A new rider to the game is always awesome, but there is no point in buying gear if you aren't sure your going to be completely into it.

I rented a few times before I bought my first board.
I'm pretty sure I liked it, I sucked a lot when I used to go but I enjoyed it. The only thing that stopped me was the lack of people to do it with and driving for 2 hours by myself to spend a weekend by myself wasn't something I wanted to do then. Now I simply don't care and just want to snowboard.

On that note, I might still end up hitting the slopes this season using rental before actually purchasing.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd recommend trying to make the most of the remaining season, so going up there, renting and riding. Maybe taking a lesson or two, they really help. Then if you're sufficiently enjoying it, get your own gear and have fun!
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'd recommend trying to make the most of the remaining season, so going up there, renting and riding. Maybe taking a lesson or two, they really help. Then if you're sufficiently enjoying it, get your own gear and have fun!
Yeah if snowboarding is anything like skydiving, buying gear after the season ends is the best way to go for best prices. So you're right, I might do just that and go up a few times. Just gonna get some pants and a jacket for it, but I'll rent everything else.
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:22 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forums.

Drop a line here next time you're heading out: Eastern Canada - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums

There's about 40-50 of us from Toronto, I'm sure some of us would come out.
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Join our club next year.
Bus up to Mount St. Louis and Blue Mountain on weekends with us - no driving.
Meet lots of people.
Free lessons on every day trip!

www.ntsc.ca
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I second GreyDragon's suggestion. That was how I got started. There are several clubs in the Toronto area that do trips like this, the North Toronto Ski Club that GreyDragon mentions, the High Park ski club and the Not So Pro Ski & Snowboard Club all run weekend trips by bus. You will meet lots of people with similar interests and skill levels, have access to resources to improve your own skills and get discounts on lift tickets, rentals etc.
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:07 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Will do guys, thanks.
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Old 02-07-2014, 04:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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A quick question about boards for the future, I'm 5'10 and hover between 150-160 lbs so let's say 155. What board size am I supposed to be going for? I keep reading/hearing conflicting answers. Some say go by weight, others by height (the whole chin measurement).
Also I'm pretty sure I should be going for All mountain when I'm a beginner. But what about the other details? Shape? Camber, rocket, or hybrid?

Any adivce?

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