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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 08:02 PM
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I am new to the sport.

So my girlfriend (super keen skiier) has been begging me to get into a sport like skiing or snowboarding.

I have not done either.

I am 50 / 50 but socially I would say Snow boarding interests me more.

People tell me my past experiance with skate boarding will help me. (not sure if this is entirely true)

On average (as everyone is different).

1. How many trips to the hill would you say it will take to master a bunny hill?

2. What equipment do I need?

3. What is a good level of money to spend as a beginner?
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 08:12 PM
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Hey there . I am a newbie as well . I can tell you what I have learned so far LOL . I used to skate board and water ski . It makes Skiing a HELLAVA lot easier , but it really didnt benefit me with snowboarding ( which I went 3 times so far ) . I was doing really well on the bunny slope my first day snowboarding , but then I went to a different mountain and struggled a bit . Equipment wise I think board / bindings / and boots its going to costs me about $700 . ( I am actually buying my stuff this weekend ) . I have been renting up to this point . I have only been a member for 2 days on here . Would you mind if I added you to my buddy lists so we can check in on each other from time to time since we are both new snowboarders ? Perhaps we can share a few tips from time to time ?
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GO WITH A BOARD ALL THE WAYYY!

I'm still a bit of a newby but i'll throw in my two cents, if I'm wrong I'm sure someone of better knowledge will correct me and help you out.

To answer your questions:

1.) I'd say everyone progresses at they're own pace. It's really hard to say. I could go down bunny hills (circles) and squares my first day on a board but I'd been skiing since I was 5. Of course I wasn't shredding down them like I do now but I made it down em'.

2.) I'd say for sure a Board, Bindings (obviously obvious), boots, gloves, goggles / sunglasses and waterproof pants / jacket. I wear under armor cold gear underneath my pants / jacket and i stay toasty all day. Just layer up and oh wear a beanie or maybe even look into a helmet!

3.)Snowboarding can be costly, especially if you don't any of your own gear. A pass at a resort can run like 40-80 bucks, not too sure about rentals (if u choose to rent) since I haven't rented in a long time. Food at resorts is usually costly so I'd suggest taking your own food. And Gas. My rough guesstimate would be like 200 bucks.. give or take a lot.

Sorry if my advice is not the best.. but I hope its some help.

Oh and last season I took one of my homies (who is the best skater I know locally) and he just could not get it. Maybe I'm a bad instructor lol but I've taken other people and taught them to at least falling leaf down a hill. I'd say if you have good general balance you should be alright. Just be patient and don't push it too hard. Don't give up, I'd say make sure you go a second time!
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Absolutely add me.

I am going thursday to try it out.

I am told that snow boarding is something you do when your really young.

I am 28 .. Would people consider this to old to get into the sport?
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I hope not cause I am 33 LOL . Well let me say this much .......... When I went last year my wife and I took a 1 hour class for beginners , and granted most were 18-22 , there was a 1/4 of us that were over 30 . I also saw other classes with some much older people as well . So I think we are good LOL
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I thought as long as I am not over weight and lacking muscle with some stamina, then I should be good to go.
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you're never too old!

This last weekend I saw an old man (no joke this guy had to be in his mid 60's) eating crap on a board all day.. My pops actually talked to him, He said he skii'd for 30 something years but would never go back once strapping on a board. He said he liked the new challenge!
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So is there any advice of which I should know before I rent my first snowboard?
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where ever you rent it from wether its the actual mountain , or a rental shop in town they will know exactly what to fit you in . Everytime I have rented they got people who fit you for everything you need piece by piece . In fact I usually feel weird cause its generally 18 year olds that know more about snowboarding than I will ever know LOL .
My wife and I knew NOTHING the first time ( I mean NOTHING !! ) , and they were so knowledgeable that they made our first experience really smooth . The only issue I ever had was with the way they positioned our bindings the 2nd time we went out . Because everyone has a different comfort stance level they set my bindings angled far apart the second time ( of course being relatively new I didnt know better ) , and I had to adjust them after snowboarding for an hour or so . But other than that all was well
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Thanks for the advice.
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