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Old 12-18-2010, 09:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everybody!!

so my love of snow and mountains is motivating me to try snowboarding. always have been the world's worst skier (always ended up with crossed skis and face-plants... never got off the greens and even some of those were terrifying). Yes, i realise i will fall often and probably crap my pants multiple times but I'm pretty determined to give this sport a fair shot. I'm an avid horseback rider so balance, strength and awareness of my body are hopefully skills that will help me along.


So my question is: What can I expect from myself skills wise? I'm taking a package that includes ticket and rentals for 4 trips and a 2 hour group lesson (with max 5 people) the first three trips.

So 4 days and 6 hours of lessons should get me in the ball park of what abilities/level of runs? Will I finally get off the greens?

I'm planning on wearing knee pads, helmet, wrist guard, butt pad, etc so I can just give it my all out there (i'm naturally a chicken... but i push myself)

Any other words of wisdom?
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You will fall. A lot. When I started, it took me about 5 days to get it. Granted, I was really young, I didn't listen to instructions, and I only had 1 lesson.

You'll pick it up over time, but I'd say the biggest thing is probably to be confident and stick with it. If you're afraid to go fast, your progression will be much slower since you won't be able to get comfortable with changing edges. I used to wait until all the people on the mountain within view had passed me before I stood up because I was worried that I would cut someone off, but you've just gotta ignore everyone and focus on what you're doing. They'll get out of the way as long as you're kinda off to the side. Also, don't get discouraged. For me at least, I went from absolutely sucking for 5 days to actually being decent in the period of like an hour. Once you get it, it will just click. Then it's just a matter of getting more comfortable on the board.

Anyways, just stick with it and you'll pick it up! It's definitely worth it once you get it down.
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Old 12-19-2010, 02:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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First, learn how to fall...tuck and roll, slide, heelside fall...sit and roll on hip, grab your self (i.e. don't put your arms/hands out to break fall) and predose with ibuprofen to prevent swelling before it starts.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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With your difficulty skiing then my experience may not be relevant but if you exagerated then you should pick it up quickly.

I picked up snowboarding quickly. One decent lesson and I was comfortable pretty much anywhere I went. I found that a lot of the skills carried over from skiing, edge control, comfort at speed, balance.

If it is just fear holding you back then don't fear the snowboard. Snowboards are like dogs, they can smell fear and it will smash you. You have to be aggressive (within your limits obviously.)

Momentum is your friend. You will never learn to ride unless you get enough speed up to actually get over the edge and turn. Once you do that you own the mountain and it's just a matter of progression which I expect is more difficult but heaps of fun.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Prepare to fall a lot.... You will fall more learning to snowboard then you will skiing, that's for sure. As long as you pay attention to what your instructor has to say, and muster up some courage to make yourself transition your turns, all the puzzle pieces will fall into place.

It's also a pretty common occurrence that people who hate skiing hop on a snowboard and end up loving it.
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:58 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You can expect to fall, fall some more, get back up and then fall again. My pointer for you is to not give up. The falling is temporary and the reward is worth every bruise and muscle ache you get. Once the falling stops the fun begins. From there on out, you will be a snowboarder, not just some nub who can't get down a snowy hill.
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I agree with NWBoarder28, when you fall don't stop. Get up and don't give up. It is really expected if it is your first time to ride your board you will fall. Practice more and don't lose hope. Practice, practice until you can make it perfect.
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snowboarding is falling...gravity sucking you down....just gota do controlled falling
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Old 12-20-2010, 07:35 AM   #10 (permalink)
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just hope you can nail that first successful chairlift ride! at least that's about all i could take away from my first time out lol
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