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Old 03-10-2015, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Red face 2nd time snowboarding, advice pls?

Hey everyone, I took a lesson today and the instructor was great. It was my first lesson ever, technically my second time snowboarding tho I doubt the first counts ...I was able to stop and then moved on to carving. He said I was doing a good job. Then I decided to move on to the beginner hill, which is steep but short. Total disaster! I basically did two runs in which I could barely stand up and definitely couldn't stop or carve. Utter disaster and I became so frustrated that I cried (so bad!) but no one saw me and then I took a break. I went back to the lesson hill and was fine again. What happened on the bigger hill? Was I just tired or simply didn't have the skills and should've never attempted it? (Also, it's around 50 degrees where I am and by the end, the conditions were mushy/icy.)

Also, I'd like to try snowboarding again (I don't give up easily) before winter is over, and would love some advice on how to proceed. Thank you!!!
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New boarders are afraid of the speed. This causes over thought and you to begin to worry. Youre going to fall, many times until you get the hang of it. More practice more practice more practice.
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Here's the snowboarding learning curve.

3-5 days of falling on your ass and wrists, cursing everyone around you.

6-50 days, you made it down a black diamond by heelsliding, therefore you think you're good. During this stage, focus more on having fun, and less on riding the steepest run you can find.

50-100 days, you get humble, and actually start to get "good"... don't start overthinking though!

100+ days, have fun and keep working on technique, after 23 years and 500+ days on the hill, I still have lots to learn
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Thank u. Good to know and explains a lot!
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Thank u so much for the detailed reply! This curve is good to know. I have a lot to learn esp that I'm going to fall a lot more than I ever realized. lol.
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No prob, I still fall pretty much every day. If you focus on not falling, you'll never progress. Focus on techniques, and you've already done the right thing by getting lessons. I'd suggest a lesson every 5 days or so for the first bit, once you get over the hump then one/two lessons a year will make a huge difference.

edit: I should add that it's worth investing in armour. Most people use wrist guards and a helmet. I also use full upper body armour, and sometimes lowers if I'm riding really aggressive. If it can reduce the impacts, it's more lilkely you'll be able to get up and keep boarding. That's the fun part!
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theres no reason to overcome that fear.

when you learn how to make turns and control the board with your front foot, you will simply go as fast as you want.

that fear is keeping you alive. speed is your enemy at this point since you probably don't know how to stop or turn.
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Lean forward or neutral, not back helps also. Keep your hands near inside your knees. This will keep you more centered and a slightly crouched stance like you want
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The biggy is to remember weight forward. It's only natural when you get a little unsure of yourself to think that moving back will help you, almost as if your pulling back on the reins of a horse to get it to stop. It doesn't work that way. Lean back and the board will take you for a ride where it wants to go (hint downhill!) rather than you controlling it.

Really concentrate on your downhill toes and heel pressuring to initiate the turn. The board will naturally want to turn when it's flexed and initiated with the downhill foot. Think of cutting with a knife, do you slice in with the tip or the part near the handle.

And finally, on the big slope make a huge S. Traverse across the entire thing and practice your turns nice and slow. Don't side slide down, but going across the hill will burn your speed that had you worried. Plus doing it that way maximizes the amount that you turn which is great practice. Each turn should swing you around almost 180.

It takes a good 2-4 times for it to cllick with most people. Dont' feel like you are behind the curve!
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Hey everyone, I took a lesson today and the instructor was great. It was my first lesson ever, technically my second time snowboarding tho I doubt the first counts ...I was able to stop and then moved on to carving. He said I was doing a good job. Then I decided to move on to the beginner hill, which is steep but short. Total disaster! I basically did two runs in which I could barely stand up and definitely couldn't stop or carve. Utter disaster and I became so frustrated that I cried (so bad!) but no one saw me and then I took a break. I went back to the lesson hill and was fine again. What happened on the bigger hill? Was I just tired or simply didn't have the skills and should've never attempted it? (Also, it's around 50 degrees where I am and by the end, the conditions were mushy/icy.)

Also, I'd like to try snowboarding again (I don't give up easily) before winter is over, and would love some advice on how to proceed. Thank you!!!

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