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What is the proper order of teaching my gf how to board? Recently went to killington and i was stuck on the blue bunnny hill all day... 2hrs down each time... This isnt her first time boarding either... Maybe im teaching her in the wrong order?

First i took her to the green bunny hill on camelback in pa, which is a nice slope to learn how to brake, steep enough to get going and a decent distance. I picked camel over the mountain creek bunny hill because i felt the creek hill is a bit too steep an icy for beginners. I taught her how to get up by facing up the mtn and pushing off while shes on her knees. Shes decent with it. Ive been teaching her how to heel side brake going straight down the mountain. Shes having trouble feathering side to side, not sure exactly why. I havent had her try going down straight yet and then brake until im comfy that she can brake properly.

Now, on out killington trip, i was getting pissed off because i know she can heel side brake down the blue bunny trail, but she kept sitting down and falling... She says her legs are tired... So i told her to not squat as much so not to burn her thighs too much. I watch her and her balance is fine, until she decides to stop fully and falls down and sits again.

Shes already gone like 4 times, 2 this season... She has all the protection (head, wrists, butt, knees) because shes a bit "fragile"

Am i approaching this the wrong way? I was a late bloomer myself because i didnt have anybody teaching me while i was learning.

How should i go about teaching her and what skills order should i do?
 

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Maybe she should take a lesson if she's gone 4 times and still can't get down the bunny slope... (and then at least during that time you can go get some riding in)?
 

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Get her some lessons. She will learn the basics and you all won't kill each other in the process. Once that is established you can take over.
 

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I have the same problem teaching my girl as well. This is her 2nd year and she hasn't improved at all! Her problem isn't the techniques; it's her fear of falling and I don't know how to help her conquer her fear :(
 

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I know the cause of the whole getting tired thing :) I'm a girl and I've been boarding four times. My first two days I sideslipped entire intermediate hills (I live in the northeast and my bunny hills take less than a minute, intermediate hills less than five) and it's REALLY tiring which caused me to sit down every so often. You absolutely have to push her to make turns and finally link them. Linking turns is a ton less tiring. But I don't know anything much about snowboarding because I've never taken lessons. I just winged it and now I can link turns on the black diamond (kind of) without killing myself (still... kind of xD)
 

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Shes nowhere near turning right now... I want her to be good at braking first before i have her go down straight and then slow down heel brake...

As far as the thighs burning... I understand that... But not squating so much and stand up straight does help with the fatigue.

I ask her to heel down the slope just enough that shes slowly descending down but not completely stop and she cant even do it... Like wtf man

On the bright side... She can get off the lift fine... Makes no sense
 

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Maybe she doesn't like it? Or she's embarrassed to fall or mess up in front of you? Idk, talk to her about lessons!
 

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Like someone else asked, does she want to snowboard? Assuming the answer to that is "yes" - get her lessons. It will truly be the best thing for both of you. Everyone learns differently and good teachers can recognize this and accommodate it. Your approach may not be suited for her style of learning and some of your suggestions, though I'm sure well intentioned, may not be helping her at all. As frustrated as you are, you can be pretty sure that she is at least as frustrated. Have patience. And whatever you do, don't say to her "it's easy. You just do this" she might scratch your eyes out...just saying.
 

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I have been teaching for 7 years and I have seen so many fights between couples on the hill.

it is truly pure hell. let someone else deal with it.
 

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Snowwolf's videos are good, and so is the Snowboard Addiction LTR video... but honestly, yeah, put her in a lesson.
 

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I have the same problem teaching my girl as well. This is her 2nd year and she hasn't improved at all! Her problem isn't the techniques; it's her fear of falling and I don't know how to help her conquer her fear :(
My solution to this in the past has been to put some sort of strong alcoholic beverage in a coffee cup and suck it down quickly on the way to the hill. Why a coffee cup? People don't seem to feel the need to "intervene" if they think you're having a warm caffeinated beverage instead.

Seriously though, she has to get over the fear and just go for it. She'll fall more the more she holds back.
 

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Lessons. Friends don't let friends teach friends and that goes double for people in relationships.

Example: From the lift I watched this guy teaching his friend how to board from a pair of skis. He was telling his friend he had to commit to his toe-side. This is of course after catching his toeside. Seems to me the problem wasn't with committing to his toes. An instructor would be able to recognize what was actually happening and give "meaningful" feedback to this person. Instructor's don't go into lessons with preconceptions about how a person might process information and discover the best way to communicate.

Do yourself a big favor and get her a lesson and go do some freeriding so you both are happy.
 

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Lessons

Get her a lesson. Teaching your significant other is a challenge because it sets up a power struggle in the relationship. Doing that will ruin a good relationship and make a bad relationship worse. I've seen it wreck tons of relationships. Better to get her some lessons or split the cost on an all women's program. Long term, you'll both be happier. Short term, at the end of the day you'll be able to sleep in the same bed that night.

I've been teaching snowboarding for 12 years, AASI Level III certified, and staff trainer at a mountain for 7years. Last season my gf wanted to learn how to snowboard and asked me to teach her and her friend and I refused. She was annoyed but got over it when she and her friend were in a lesson and saw a couple yelling at each other on the bunny slope. Now, the only teaching I give her are advice when she asks for it.
She's improving, we have fun riding together all day, and can still stand to look at each other at the bar after a day of riding.
 

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I have to agree with what these guys are telling you. The lessons are SO worth it. SHe'll learn faster, and you'll both have way more fun. I'm a full time instructor and staff trainer and see the same thing all the time. Where are you located? I work at Sugarbush, (an hour from Killington). If you're ever going to be up this way let me know. The biggest thing to remember is that its supposed to be fun. If she's not having fun she won't learn anything nor will she want to try again. Best of luck to you guys!
-hanna
 

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I will take one day and go back to the basics, starting from skating, gliding, and 1footed strapped in basic turns

Once i feel like shes progressing in these areas, well go a bit faster with gliding and strap the other foot on for 2 footed turns/stops and garlands

We plan on going again next tues... In the mean time ill have her do some exercised to strengthen her leg muscles some
 

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I will take one day and go back to the basics, starting from skating, gliding, and 1footed strapped in basic turns

Once i feel like shes progressing in these areas, well go a bit faster with gliding and strap the other foot on for 2 footed turns/stops and garlands

We plan on going again next tues... In the mean time ill have her do some exercised to strengthen her leg muscles some
dude are you fucking clueless? you've got a whole page of people here telling you to get her in a real lesson and you're still intent on ruining both of your days floundering on the bunny hill trying to hammer on shit that she already can't pick up from you teaching it?

you're just going to waste another day on suck.

if you're that stubborn then you deserve what you get, and if you're so broke that you or her can't afford a lesson then you shouldn't really be snowboarding

get a grip kid
 

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We will get lessons

I am taking everyting in this thread into consideration, but she wants me to teach her one last time. I dont plan on boarding that day, ill just stay on the buny
 
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