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guys and girls,

heading out in a week now for my first runs this year in Aus. Taking my girlfriend with me, who has only ever ski'd (and that's been once or twice).

What advice could you give me to help her learn quicker?

When I started, I came into it on the back of wakeboarding and my mates put me on a lift, took me to top of a blue run and said have fun. Fortunately, i picked it up fairly quickly, but it took me a long while to get to the bottom.

First thing i was going to teach her skating (stomp pad included), getting up, falling (withouth breaking anything), heel turning and stopping, toe side turns.

Any tips, or process' to follow would be good advice. I personally learnt by doing it myself and just giving it a crack - she likes to know the absolute details first.....
 

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...if you are hoping to "Keep" this girl????

DON'T teach her yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Get her some paid lessons, and ride with her after!

Unless of course you're hoping to spend the week fighting and grumpy!
Juss sayin' dude! :dunno:
 

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...if you are hoping to "Keep" this girl????

DON'T teach her yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Get her some paid lessons, and ride with her after!

Unless of course you're hoping to spend the week fighting and grumpy!
Juss sayin' dude! :dunno:
This man knows what he's talking about.
 

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:laugh:

that was my other option.

6 hr lesson package over 3 days (3x2hr sessions) gives me the freedom to do what i want!
 

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...if you are hoping to "Keep" this girl????

DON'T teach her yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Get her some paid lessons, and ride with her after!

Unless of course you're hoping to spend the week fighting and grumpy!
Juss sayin' dude! :dunno:
That! Especially if the OP has not gone through any formal teaching herself/himself. As the saying goes, a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.

If anything, the OP could take some lessons together with her/his girl. S/he will be a good example to use for the instructor - either how to do it right and/or how not to do it (in case of some bad techniques that self-taught riders often develop).
 

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That! Especially if the OP has not gone through any formal teaching herself/himself. As the saying goes, a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.

If anything, the OP could take some lessons together with her/his girl. S/he will be a good example to use for the instructor - either how to do it right and/or how not to do it (in case of some bad techniques that self-taught riders often develop).
Pass.

I am not an instructor and do not intend on ever being an instructor.

I ride in the snow how i ride my wakeboard, fairly fluid, linking things up in a smooth manner. I'm not an overly aggressive rider, and wont be on the park much at all this week.

reckon i might be best to let her get some lessons, whilst i find my feet again (its been over 12 months since i was last on the hills)
 

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...if you are hoping to "Keep" this girl????

DON'T teach her yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Get her some paid lessons, and ride with her after!

Unless of course you're hoping to spend the week fighting and grumpy!
Juss sayin' dude! :dunno:
^^ THIS!

If the girl is never moody, never grumpy, never fighting, always a lovely shy angel, you might try it yourself. But if she's a normal human being, get her lessons.
 

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^^ THIS!

If the girl is never moody, never grumpy, never fighting, always a lovely shy angel, you might try it yourself. But if she's a normal human being, get her lessons.
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She's always moody, seldom grumpy, and likes an argument - so lessons it is!

I was gonna try the "Good Boyfriend" role - but why change some that works?
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I'd take her straight to the top, it won't be pretty but it sucks standing on a rotary band longer than your spending going down hill....
 

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Hey dude I took my gf to Perisher last year for her first time snowboarding, i booked her into a lesson on our first day for the morning. Not only for her benefit (but also so I could go shred for an hour without having to wait for her haha) but I picked her up after and she was full with a smile and couldn't wait. Definitely get a lesson in no doubt.
 

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So you want to try the bad boyfriend role...i.e., relationship test...or maybe u just want out.

chomps know's what he's talking about....btw he is always on the hunt for another gf....that should be evidence enough.
Ahhhhhhhhhhh yes Wrathful,.. You are sooooo right! ;)

...Many's the time I sit atop the lifts, swiftly scanning the slopes for ANY sign of the fallen, tearful gf sitting in the snow on her painfully bruised behind!! Sobbing in disbelief as she watches her frustrated and angry bf ride off down the hill in disgust.

Once I've spotted my prey, I quickly and skillfully, tear down the hill, stopping at that spot to query and express my concern at her predicament! Naturally, I tell her, I am willing to offer a helping hand, all the while proffering sincere, heartfelt condolences on the sorrowful state of her crumbling relationship!

Having gained her trust, I deftly but gently initiate her into finer points of "Getting Down!" (...the mountain of course!!!! Binding & waxing comes later!!!!) :yahoo:

MMWAHHHH HAH AHAHAAHH HAHAHHA HAHA HA ha!!!!

:eusa_clap: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :eusa_clap:
 

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MMWAHHHH HAH AHAHAAHH HAHAHHA HAHA HA ha!!!!

:eusa_clap: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :eusa_clap:
This sounds so ridiculous it could even be true :laugh:

Haha... I remember those days sitting on my bum, bf riding ahead :laugh: not subbing but very grumpy.

But... not every girl that looks like a potential "prey" (when I have my weak minutes and try my clumsy turns riding switch with my silly stiff board and silly steep foreward angles and this damn muscle memory of 20y exclusively forward riding, I might appear exactly like such a prey) is overly happy with such generous protective mothering curry favor affection (by a low intermediate :D:giggle:). I'd bite your head off :laugh:
 

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... I'd bite your head off :laugh:
:eusa_clap::eusa_clap::eusa_clap:

Hahaha,.. I've absolutely NO doubt that you would!!! :giggle: :laugh: :bowdown:
 

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Once I've spotted my prey, I quickly and skillfully, tear down the hill, stopping at that spot to query and express my concern at her predicament! Naturally, I tell her, I am willing to offer a helping hand, all the while proffering sincere, heartfelt condolences on the sorrowful state of her crumbling relationship!
Ugh this "well-intentioned" ploy often happens when I'm positioning myself for a camera shot for a friend, or stopping to adjust my bindings. Apparently helpful concerned male citizens such as yourself, chomps, are oblivious to the camera or bindings I've in hand. Had to yell "No, I'm good. Filming. Thanks." at one once because where he stopped blocked the shot and path of my on-coming friend. Tried to be nice about it, however, mostly because he appeared so deflated.
 

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Ahhhhhhhhhhh yes Wrathful,.. You are sooooo right! ;)

...Many's the time I sit atop the lifts, swiftly scanning the slopes for ANY sign of the fallen, tearful gf sitting in the snow on her painfully bruised behind!! Sobbing in disbelief as she watches her frustrated and angry bf ride off down the hill in disgust.

Once I've spotted my prey, I quickly and skillfully, tear down the hill, stopping at that spot to query and express my concern at her predicament! Naturally, I tell her, I am willing to offer a helping hand, all the while proffering sincere, heartfelt condolences on the sorrowful state of her crumbling relationship!

Having gained her trust, I deftly but gently initiate her into finer points of "Getting Down!" (...the mountain of course!!!! Binding & waxing comes later!!!!) :yahoo:

MMWAHHHH HAH AHAHAAHH HAHAHHA HAHA HA ha!!!!

:eusa_clap: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :eusa_clap:
:bowdown::bowdown::bowdown: Nice but ur too honest
 

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something tells me you're not qualified to use the noob term. Noob to me has always sounded like a derogatory remarks towards someone that you feel is way below your own level. If you're asking a forum how to teach someone else how to ride then chances are you don't understand very basic mechanics of the way your own riding even works. Yeah you can "do" it, "well" possibly, but how are you suppose to improve if you don't even know what it is you need to improve.

I once thought I was the shit on a snowboard bombing down the mountain with people that had really big sponsors, me hitting jumps and hanging up front of the pack till someone pointed out what was wrong in my riding and I was shocked. I could make some guys look bad and yet I was being told "you can't ride". At first I was offended and thought wtf I can ride faster and harder than most people I know there's no way they can be serious. The whole time I never thought it was me that "couldn't ride" or rather wasn't riding correctly and when I accepted that this person knew what they were talking about and let my ego disappear I discovered the basics were what was holding me back from improving the whole time and I didn't even know it.

I kinda think the advice I read to have one lesson with your girlfriend would have some great potential. It shows your girlfriend that you have enough desire to want to be there to support her when she gets started and it allows you to hear the important aspect of riding that you are obviously missing. Until you know what proper form on a board is you'll never really be able to ride to your full potential. You don't even have to sign up as a "student" but being around her on HER lesson will give you a great chance to just listen to what the instructor is teaching her which in turn would give you the benefit of being able to repeat anything it is he/she is teaching your girlfriend. "Babe you're opening your shoulders, remember try to keep that front shoulder and the nose of your board lined up but you're doing great!" you know, stuff you could repeat and play off like you really know what your talking about. Otherwise she's going to take her lesson then ride with you and when you see her struggle and try to help, the lessons option was already exhausted and you will have no real advice to help keep her focused. Just don't end up teaching her bad habits you don't even know are bad habits.

good luck man.
 

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To the OP, if you haven't heard it enough already - lessons for your gf.

I AM an instructor and thought I would be okay teaching my level-headed gf. WRONG!

As for chomps preying on your gf, well, now I know where he gets his yoga pants and underboob photos. Abandoned girlfriends on the slopes!
 
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