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Old 03-16-2014, 08:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I am pretty new to snowboarding and I want to make sure I am on the right track to learn the proper techniques within a realistic time frame just so i feel like I have some way to measure my progression.

I guess my question is how many sessions before I should be able to master toe side, Heel side, Turns, Linking turns and the be able to do some beginner level carving?



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Old 03-16-2014, 08:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome and funny user name.

This is completely different for everyone. Some ppl pick it up that day, took me 3 full days to make it down the hill and not till the beginning of my 2nd year to learn to truly use my feet to initiate turns "properly"

So don't set a timeline in your mind. Get some good instruction so you don't learn bad habits that you will need to break later. This will also help/let you advance faster.
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome and funny user name.

This is completely different for everyone. Some ppl pick it up that day, took me 3 full days to make it down the hill and not till the beginning of my 2nd year to learn to truly use my feet to initiate turns "properly"

So don't set a timeline in your mind. Get some good instruction so you don't learn bad habits that you will need to break later. This will also help/let you advance faster.

Ah thanks lol I like to think I'm clever. ha ha.

I guessed there would be variations in each persons experience but I thought there might be some sort of expected general average. My Background forces the habit of measuring returns on an investment so i guess you can blame me for trying right?

I don't really have a timeline or expectations for myself just goals. Right now I am so new that I'm just focusing on getting the basics in concrete so when it's time to make a jump in progression I have the foundation to support it.

Thanks for the reply!
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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U kind of got a tough board to learn on....likely will be whoop ass on u for awhile...steep learning curve and that board will be taking you for a ride...its not impossible....but a high end board is very responsive and thus not that forgiving...but stick with it and you will end up being a decent rider. Best get some lessons....if you rode 3 days a week and had lessons every 3rd day you would progress fairly quickly compared to most noobs. Its about putting in regular time...but if you only ride 2x/month you will just be relearning compared to riding 3 days per week.
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^Do you think the fact that she's on a smaller board will counter that somewhat? 146 B Pro C3 is rated for 80-150lbs. So it might not be too bad, but probably want longer at some point.

Actually given that it's short, and flex is 4.5 on GNU's scale, why do you say that will be difficult at all? Just because of C3? Aside from that, softer, shorter board doesn't seem like it would be a handful.
(Not really arguing, just curious...no experience with that board myself.)

Then again, the guy in the other thread is over 9000 pounds and rides a 100cm board

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I rode once a year for 2 years then decided too really get into it this year. So like most said, the third or forth day consecutively will have you comfortable doing any thing but blacks. If your having trouble with one aspect, force yourself to do it all the way down a run or two. Thats how I picked up toe side.
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U kind of got a tough board to learn on....likely will be whoop ass on u for awhile...steep learning curve and that board will be taking you for a ride...its not impossible....but a high end board is very responsive and thus not that forgiving...but stick with it and you will end up being a decent rider. Best get some lessons....if you rode 3 days a week and had lessons every 3rd day you would progress fairly quickly compared to most noobs. Its about putting in regular time...but if you only ride 2x/month you will just be relearning compared to riding 3 days per week.
Everything I have learned so far has been on a K2 Luna 149 I borrowed from a friend before I was able to pick up my own gear. I didn't like that board for some reason, it just felt harder to maneuver, maybe a little stiff? I'm not entirely sure. (it could have been the fact that I had no idea how to maneuver in the first place)

After riding that board twice I decided I was mildly obsessed, & I should start researching my own gear. I decided the 146 might be better for me from what I read since my weight has a tenancy to fluctuate between 135-145lbs. I chose a more advanced board on purpose thinking I could progress into it & I won't progress out of it for quite sometime. I also chose it based on the style of riding I want to do & the conditions of the west coast.

I JUST rode my C3 for the first time on Friday for about 9 hours & was able to link my turns nicely. I am really happy with the board but I would agree it is way more unforgiving, on a positive note my wipe-outs were much more impressive.

I have a friend who is well seasoned & has been teaching me when he is able but will probably only get a chance to do that once or twice a month. other than that I'm thinking I will be going 2 times a week & more if conditions allow. I will look into lessons once I pay for my season pass
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I rode once a year for 2 years then decided too really get into it this year. So like most said, the third or forth day consecutively will have you comfortable doing any thing but blacks. If your having trouble with one aspect, force yourself to do it all the way down a run or two. Thats how I picked up toe side.
Good advice, that's exactly what I did for toe side, heel side was a lot easier for me.
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Good advice, that's exactly what I did for toe side, heel side was a lot easier for me.
My wife learned on a 152 roxy eminence that was a camber board. I think you will do fine. Be sure to try the forward lean on the back of the binding to help you engage your turns quicker. Best of luck.
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3 days to get started and life time to perfect it?
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