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Old 12-14-2012, 11:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello forum, as ironic as it sounds I was watching beginner videos on youtube for snowboarding and I found a bunch from snow wolf. Story short I found his forum way before the videos and here I am. jejeje!

Ok, so I decided that after a bunch of years of wanting to snowboard I actually give it a try. I have solid background in skateboarding which makes me think that snowboard wont be as difficult since I have knowledge of balance(might be wrong). I went and bought a board and gear. The board is a used but in great condition wide Burton Bullet 157 with lg Burton freestyle bindings. I also bought a good waterproof pair of gloves from The North Face(Montana HyVent style), a Red Trace helmet, a 10k mm jacket and pants and lastly a pair of Flow Rival Boa boots. Forgot to mention, I did a sizing check and for my weight and size I needed that size board. My height is 5'10" and weight 186 lbs

Like I've stated previously, I have watched and read a ton of info on snowboard but I know it is not the same as being on the slopes. But I think I have a pretty good idea of what to expect when I get there. I live relatively close to Camelback mountain in Jersey, actually I am planning on going today to give it a try. So one of my question is, should I go to the park on a medium terrain(which I don't know what that means)? or should I just wait until the green slopes open?

Also can you guys please provide me with good insights or advises that I can get use of?

Thank you in advance.
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The only stuff that is currently open at Camelback is terrain parks. What you are seeing as "medium" is the medium size features (kickers, rails) are what is open. If you have never been, you probably don't want to try to learn on a day when it will be a bunch of kids in the park lined up to hit features. I would wait until trails open up...shouldn't be long.
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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After researching online what medium terrain meant I decided not to go after all. They said the park will be fully operational by the 21st, will wait till then. I am actually going upstate for the holidays and will be very close to Killington resort will go there.

Any advise for me since I'm a newbie?? What should I expect on the slopes? also, should I wax my board every time after snowboarding?
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After researching online what medium terrain meant I decided not to go after all. They said the park will be fully operational by the 21st, will wait till then. I am actually going upstate for the holidays and will be very close to Killington resort will go there.

Any advise for me since I'm a newbie?? What should I expect on the slopes? also, should I wax my board every time after snowboarding?
GET LESSONS! They are well worth it for your first couple times out. Also, there is no need to wax after every time snowboarding, but every once in a while is definitely needed.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok, will look into lessons. I'll try and do some stuff on my own to see if I can handle it otherwise instructor here I come...

As for the waxing, thx. I will buy some equipment to do it myself, I got the board servised at a shop and I can do it for a lot cheaper.
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I need help choosing a board, I was looking into a button for beginner a 158 wide, the board is extruded and has the tip flaring up a bit. Also I was looking into a Solomon 158 wide also for beginner with level two flex and it's camber(flexed middle). What shoul I go for? And whats the difference between the camber and the flare up tip? Forgot to mention that the burton is a Shawn white edition.

Help please, good sale and don't wanna miss it
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If you make your first time on the hill a lesson you will progress much faster, and start off reinforcing the right riding habits.

I would start on the bunny hills not in the park, despite your skating background.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I intend on taking at least one class, hopefully it snows soon or the temp drops so that they can start making snow. As far as the board goes, I decided on the Burton one with is a normal normal board (not camber). After asking around on the store for about an hour someone explained to me the difference between camber and normal the person said "it means that the camber board will have more contact to the ground since it's meant to flex outward and that the normal one with the tips flaring up is more for beginner since contact is on the center making the board glide and turn better" so the person said.
I'm not sure if thats completely true but for 100 dollars on sale, its not bad.

Any thoughts will be appreciated.
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Shawnee is a good option for a mountain to learn to ride on, will outgrow it fast, but nothing too hard and yet nothing too flat. Flat spots are a killer when learning.

Plus, the prices are right and all the lifts are central to the lodge.

Edit: And not too crowded except for holiday periods.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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cool, I just got off the phone with a Burton rep, I was asking the differences between my two boards: bullet 157 and the White edition. So basically I have a camber(Bullet) and a D Rocker (White).

Cant wait for the damn snow to get here.
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