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Holy Mother of God.

Snowboarding is amazing. Incredible. I honestly think it’s just about the most fun I’ve had in my life.

I went out to have a go, and stupidly I figured I didn’t need a lesson, as I skated lots as a teen and still do occasionally.
'I know how to balance on a board and ride switch and ollie and stuff, I’ll just do it on snow instead of concrete!’

How wrong could I be, I pounded my body brutally into ice and snow for 5 hours straight. My wife was skiing and after about two hours she suggested maybe I’d had enough. She kept asking ‘are you ok?’ to which I’d say hell yes this is awesome, then get up confidently, fly 4 meters down the slope and nail myself again.

Finally it started to click and by the end of the day I was getting down some intermediate runs with only 2-3 falls. I worked out how to carve toe and heel side, transition/rotate into switch and carve heel side in switch. I landed a couple of small jumps and ollie 180’s on flat slopes and managed to work out how to stop both heel and toe side.

While my crashes hurt, they were mostly minor due to some knowledge of how to fall. I was very glad for my hired wristguards though! I had one massive bail when I lost control and went down a hill way too fast, I tried to stop, caught an edge and left the ground completely. I broke my fall with my face and felt something tweak in my back, I was completely winded and couldn't see too well for a couple of minutes. 3 days later the sore muscles are ok, but I’m still pretty bruised on the butt, arms and ribs.

I loved every minute of it and am reading this forum wishing I could go again tomorrow. Sadly I can’t afford to go often and I reckon I might only get one more day this year. Next year I’m getting a season pass and somehow I’ll get up there lots, not sure how yet but I’ll somehow make it work.

:yahoo: I love your sport :yahoo:
 

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Hey, welcome to the sport, and this forum. You're hooked now, I see... :D
 

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Haha... thick skin and determination is there - you'll have a lot of fun :thumbsup:
and just wait till you ride your first line in pow, the longing will get worse.

Be prepared to some changes in your life ;) holiday planning will concentrate on when is the season, where is snow, during the season you hardly will see non snowsport friends n family. Good, that the GF likes to ski!
 

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Luckily time off work isn’t too big a problem - my wife and I are teachers and so we get regular holidays in between school terms. Money might be a bit more challenging though. I do have two kids I could sell off.
 

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Save yourself some pain and bad habits and budget in a lesson also! The chances that you are picking it up on your own with proper form is pretty small. I just started this year as well and on the second day was managing my way down with only a few falls. Took a lesson and within 50 feet the instructor watching me had a laundry list of issues from head to toe (mostly bad habits that long time skiers transitioning tend to have). An hour later I had improved 10 fold. Seriously.
 
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