Finally went snowboarding last weekend for the first time. Loved it. Definitely planning to go again, but I think this season is over here. I have a few questions of course.
I took an hour lesson , it was pretty good. I learned how to put the board on , do heel and toeside turns , glide on the flat , how to stand , how to get on the lift . I used to skateboard pretty heavily , and I think that helps a bit with the "feel" of things . I need to remember to keep my knees bent and not to turn the upper half of my body.
Over the course of the day I had pretty much "mastered" the smallest green trail , and explored all the other green trails without falling tons .
I was at Timberline in WV , the previous week the temps were in the 70s and on the day I went out , it was raining and 50 dropping to upper 30s by later in the day. As a result I got soaked , I think rule 1 should be anticipate everything getting wet
Due to the conditions the snow was fairly wet/slushy . How does this effect the way I was riding ? Is this harder , easier then other types of snow ? Faster ? Slower ? My instructor said it was decent to learn on .
Question 2 :
Most of my falling was due to my apprehension of going real fast. Whats the best way to control speed ? Just carving back and forth ? I was able to stop pretty well.
What should I be working on next ? I can heelside and toeside , probably continue to get the feel of that , I can stop relatively well. Next step ? Another lesson ?
Question 4 , gear :
I will only spend 2-4 days max next season snowboarding , so I will probably rent for next season again. If I go more after that , probably buy used. What I think I will buy is a helmet , goggles and probably a small pack . Good plan ?
Helmet recommendations ? Goggles ? Pack ?
I figure the goggles and pack will be useful outside of snowboarding anyways .
Thanks in advance.