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Old 03-07-2014, 10:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone. I snowboarded from approximately 2000-2007. I am thinking of getting back into snowboarding. I snowboarded for years but one day tried skiing, loved it and went head first into it. I still love skiing but am starting to miss boarding so thinking I want to do both. I rode a Never Summer 155 SL and loved it to pieces. I wasnít into the parks or pipe at all. I wasnít a speed demon but I had extreme control and loved cruising down blues and blacks just ďridingĒ the wave and having a good time.

My biggest mistake was selling my never summer so I am snowboardless these days. I am thinking of renting a board this weekend and if I like it again then I will pick up another board and hang onto it this time. I am so comfortable skiing nowadays that I am timid about snowboarding. I still remember how to do it and go through the motions in my mind and when I see someone boarding I watch and observe all the time. I am not sure if I should take a lesson or not. I really feel like I just need a few minutes with no one around so I donít embarrass myself to remember my edges and all of that and I think Iíll be ok.

Also with regard to renting a board, I am not a lightweight young lady, I am athletic and have generally found womenís boards to be too flexible for me. I like a stiffer board and have generally found more satisfaction riding menís boards. I am not sure how much technology has changed in the last few years so not sure if I should give a galís board a try when I rent this weekend or if I should just ask them for a guyís board.

I guess I am looking for words of wisdom and encouragement

Thanks

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Old 03-07-2014, 11:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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if your size and boot size fits mens...why not....Perhaps try out a gnu billygoat...have met 3 women who love their goats in 156 or 159....otherwise something bit less aggressive but aggressive is a gnu bpro in a 155. Ur the same as my daughter learned to ride...rode for 7-8 years, switched to skiing like a duck to water and skis the past 4 years on big fatty twins but occasionally will do a day or three of riding per season. Besides all the cool kids can do both board or ski.
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Old 03-07-2014, 11:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Women's boards have come a long way since then, most companies make a women's freeride board that should fit your bill. If you are over like 160lbs you would wanna go to a men's board though....

Rent a good board, not a crap typical rental. Pay a little extra for a demo of a board your interested in if you can.
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Definitely get a performance rental or demo, avoid the standard rental board.
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We are just going to our local resort this weekend. I know they have demo skis but not sure about snowboards. I will be sure to inquire. I definitely prefer demos for a lot of reasons. Thanks.
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That is awesome to hear women's boards have come a long way. I will inquire about demos but not sure my local resort offer them. Their standard issue skies are actually pretty decent IMO so if they don't have demo boards, I am hoping their boards are decent also. I will definitely do some demoing at other places before I buy.
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Thanks. I will check out those gnu boards. I am glad there are other skier/boarders out there .
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