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Old 05-26-2013, 02:26 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Whenever I whatch at 1st dayers on the bunny hill, I see the same pattern. I would like to scram at them "bend your knees!". They want to try a turn but have completely stretched stiff legs, lean back and try to run as slow as possible, fearfully waiting for the next fall. It's very hard to turn a board if you go walking pace! Unpossible with stiff legs and weight on back leg, so it's a must that the turn won't work.

So for the first day I'd say the most important things to remember are:
Try to be relaxed and to have slightly bent knees.
Don't lean back too much (you will, it's natural, but try to remember that you avoid this)
Don't go fast, but also not too slow (walking pace is too slow, jogging pace will make turns so much easier).
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:57 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I don't know what you all are doing when you're falling so painfully. A helmet is a great idea, because nobody's neck is strong enough to support their head when landing. If you're fallin that hard on your tailbone (without jumping), you're definitely stiff-legged. Even as you start to fall, get low to the ground. When you're falling forward, do NOT, under any circumstances, try to break your fall with your palms. Make a fist, keep your wrist straight and "punch" the snow. Also, as you get back up do not splay your fingers... Push off on your knuckles. Few things hurts more than your palm breaking through the snow when your fingers don't.

Edit: I forgot to add, GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!! Welcome to the forum!
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Old 05-26-2013, 04:35 PM   #14 (permalink)
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You're aware that he's taking snowboard lessons right?
I don't understand inserting a ski lesson image here.
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Old 05-26-2013, 04:47 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I agree with you on the helmet and have asked the Mrs to get me one for my bday nothing expensive but if and when I get hooked I will upgrade at a later date! I do think helmets are provided where I'm learning fit beginners anyway!
Yeah it will be provided, its law for the indoor slopes I believe. I'd save your cash for now, ones there will do the trick. Just work out if you are regular or goofy, what angle you want your bindings at and off you go, it will be quality, great way to learn the basics quickly I found.
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well about half way thorough the day and I'm doing ok linking toe side to heel side turns pretty well and I ain't hurting too much yet lol
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:01 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I agree with you on the helmet and have asked the Mrs to get me one for my bday nothing expensive but if and when I get hooked I will upgrade at a later date! I do think helmets are provided where I'm learning fit beginners anyway!
go ahead and pony up for a good helmet off the bat, imo a cheap helmet is heavier and less comfortable which will probably make you not want to wear it, at least that is what happened for me
dont need to spend crazy $ but 80-100$ is usually enough for a pretty good brain bucket
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Yeah it will be provided, its law for the indoor slopes I believe. I'd save your cash for now, ones there will do the trick. Just work out if you are regular or goofy, what angle you want your bindings at and off you go, it will be quality, great way to learn the basics quickly I found.
just saw this, nevermind
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well about half way thorough the day and I'm doing ok linking toe side to heel side turns pretty well and I ain't hurting too much yet lol
Man, that's great! Keep up the good work.
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:41 PM   #20 (permalink)
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ok days over and I was the only one who got to the top and passed what thEY say is lvl4 meaning I can go on the slope unaided still catching edges and wiping out but I can control my speed and stop when I need to!
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