Hello from the VA
What's up guys, new member/boarder/outdoors guy in general here. I grew up in California my whole life, mostly stayed indoors and enjoyed drinking and nightlife. Moved to Virginia a little over a year ago and discovered outdoor activities. First fishing, and just 3 weeks ago, snowboarding.
I'm soon to be 25, boarded for the first time in my life this year, and I'm hooked. I'm pretty athletic, so I think I pick up pretty quickly. I've been down the slopes on 3 separate days (I've purchased 3 lift tickets I guess is the easiest way to put this), and I can finally stay upright, as I've found that after 2 trips up, my stance is goofy and NOT regular.
I've already bought gear, most of it still in transit. Mostly beginner / intermediate gear. GNU Carbon Credit BTX 156, Flow NXT AT bindings, Rome Smith SDS Boots, and a serious itch to get back on the slopes.
I can do pretty wide S-turns comfortably, something I just accomplished on my last trip up. I have one problem that I can't seem to get over, so if anyone has any input on this, please do tell me what to do. When I get down steeper slopes, I get deathly scared when I pick up speed. I've heard over and over again that the correct thing to do is to lean forward or at least towards the mountain so as to not put weight on the back leg and pull the front end of your board up, as it will restrict turning. But I can't help it; when I go too fast, I feel like I'm gonna shit my pants. Is this something I'll just have to get over with time and experience? Or is there a way I can knock this out of my system ASAP?
Thanks. Nice to meet you all and this lovely sport.