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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-10-2010, 02:44 AM
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Oh wow, I wasn't expecting such a awesome influx of replies. Must be an awesome community you all have around here!

Thanks for all the info! It really helps.

I've made the decision for when I go to a resort (still trying to decide which one is the right one) to rent the snowboard, binding and boots. I guess I'm going to have to buy some goggles, not sure if you can rent those at the resorts. I think I'm going to go to my local shop and buy a pair of OTG Goggles. I'm forced to where glasses, having 20/800 vision instead of 20/20, you NEED glasses. Yah, Im totally blind.

Im also going to hit up the local stores to find a cheap pair of waterproof or snowboard/ski pants. I don't have the money for a pair of $70 official snowboard pants. I'll most likely get a pair of wrist guards and some warm gloves.

I'm going to take some form of lessons. Yet, I do pick up things pretty quickly (Thankfully). I hope my past years of skateboarding will help a little. Like others said, I have watched a lot of how to videos and training videos. Hopefully that will also add a little to how fast I learn.




If I could go all the way to Vermont I would. But 5 hours away is a little to much for right now. I'll stick to the Poconos. I know they get a lot of ice, but you have to use what you got if you want to ride. That's how I see it.
it will save your life if you have snow pants with waterproofing with 8k or higher and nice gloves is also a must. for the first time you are going to be on you butt the whole time so i suggest investing in nice pants if you intend on getting into the sport
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If I could go all the way to Vermont I would. But 5 hours away is a little to much for right now. I'll stick to the Poconos. I know they get a lot of ice, but you have to use what you got if you want to ride. That's how I see it.
I agree that you should stay close to home. You have enough things to worry about without planning an expedition too.

However, as I indicated in my initial post in this thread, you must avoid ice at first. Grudgingly putting up with ice as a veteran East Coast rider is not the same thing as trying to cope with it as a beginner. A first day on ice is hellish (I speak from experience). Check the snow reports at your intended resort regularly, and look for a day when there haven't been any warm spells or rain for a good while, and the snow conditions have been decent for multiple days in a row. If you see "groomed granular" or the like on Thursday, you can bet the slopes will remain inhospitable for learning over the weekend, unless a blizzard intervenes.
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