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Hi my names Ben and I'm from se London, I've been wanting to snowboard for years but have never booked a lesson, but on Saturday my better half surprised me for my birthday and booked me (us) on a 3hr lesson on Monday, WOW is all I can say gutted I've not true sooner we both had a really good time feeling it now though but we are going to book another lesson for a couple of weeks time
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Hi my names Ben and I'm from se London, I've been wanting to snowboard for years but have never booked a lesson, but on Saturday my better half surprised me for my birthday and booked me (us) on a 3hr lesson on Monday, WOW is all I can say gutted I've not true sooner we both had a really good time feeling it now though but we are going to book another lesson for a couple of weeks time
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welcome I've just started as well had my second session on the slope yesterday and had loads of fun!

you will get hooked mate
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The 3hr lesson gave me what they call a level 2 pass so going back to do the level 3 can't wait for it to be honest the place I did it goes I'll to level 6 I think it is so will carry on a the way then I guess it'll be just getting in some time on the slope
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once you pass level 4 you should be free to go on the main slope on your own (guessing is much the same as xscape) so you can just go and practice yourself the do Lvl 5 and 6 later I've only passed to Lvl 4 as I did learn to board in a day then just went back yesterday with some friends and started linking turns without stopping etc and had loads of fun!
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Welcome to the world of snowboarding, guessing as you are South London you will be having the lesson at your nearest location being Hemel Hempstead.

It is a great place to have a lesson, my mate did his 1st lesson there in Jan last year, and has been over to me here in Norway twice since, he loves it...

Where in SL are you, i moved from Croydon a few years ago after deciding snowboarding was more important to me than life there, and so i could get more time on the snow since the 4 years before i was only getting weekends etc as well as 3 or 4 week holidays, my time went from about 30 days to over 100 a year...

You will not regret learning, but what i would say, is do NOT have hopes too high, if by the end of the lesson you can stop both ways and fall over while turning you will have done well, you will have a sore bum and probably sore wrists as well...

But you will enjoy it i'm sure...

As i said, my mate did 1 lesson and had 3 days last year and 4 days this year with me, so total a weeks holiday... And he loves it...

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The 3hr lesson gave me what they call a level 2 pass so going back to do the level 3 can't wait for it to be honest the place I did it goes I'll to level 6 I think it is so will carry on a the way then I guess it'll be just getting in some time on the slope
For those of us on this side of the "Pond,.." You're getting lessons NOW? You're talking about some "Indoor" snowboard/man made snow type facility?? How does that work? what are the "Slopes" like? Vert.? Degree of angle, etc.? Is it mostly park feature type training/lessons? Must be crowded as hell being confined indoors? Share some details!

I'm curious about this. I want to know if this kind of facility is something worth wishing we had here in the MidWest!

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Yeah that's right we went to Hemel Hempstead and the guy that we had our lesson with was brilliant explained evertyhing to us and where we was going wrong by the end of the second lesson we was able to go down the slope heel and toe edge going whilst going across the slope without falling over which we was both over the moon with as we'd never done it before.

I'm from carshalton and as I said we can't wait to get back there got another lesson then eventually get abroad for a snowboarding holiday we've both said about investing into some protec shorts what's your thoughts on these
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Shorts are a MUST...! But something you need to think about if you need, if you are definitely going to continue, then the purchase of gear is going to be a long expensive process...

You have a Snow and Rock down on the Purley Way, i wold say do NOT use this, look for a store that will give you service, will order specifics in for you regardless of wether they normally stock, and go that extra mile for you in customer service...

On that basis i would recommend a Family run store in Forest Hill called Finches. If you want to buy there, you ALWAYS get good service, i fly from Norway regularly, and buy 90% of my gear from them, the only bits i don't get are bits they cannot get as they just can't, and those i get from the USA when my neighbour flies for work...

Anyway, finches are a store you can negotiate with, and they will normally price match, they also hold past season stock which gets you even better bargains, so don't look at things like boots etc that are NEW THIS SEASON when you could get 30 or 40% of last seasons, that are almost exactly the same...

If you want more details, let me know, and if you are going over, i will shoot Angela the Owner an email...

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It's defiantly something we're going to carry on as for getting the gear ive only really looked online at a few places so far and we're going to have a few lessons before hearing out and stocking up on sll out own gear as we know it'll e expensive

If it's ok when we're ready to head over could I drop you a message to let her know we're coming as we'd deffinatly like to speak with someone who knows what there talking about and an offer some help
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