Sounds like you did awesome for your 1st time out! Now you'll have to try to get out there one more time before the spring comes, or it will almost be like starting again. One piece of advice i have for you the next time you go out is for your eyes. As a skiier, I want to look downhill all the time. You do not want to do that when you're snowboarding. You actually want to look across the hill, to where you are going. So when you're on your heel side, you should be looking across the hill to your right. As you start to make your toe turn, you will turn your head and look across the slope to your left. Very different than skiing. Once I started to do that, it helped my turns become smoother, and my neck didn't get as sore. Hope that helps. Keep having fun with it. What an active, busy day you had. Wow! Such calorie burn!
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Here's my "report" on how it went (from my spark page blog):
The big report on my snowboaring lesson yesterday... :-D
I was up bright and early to take the ski bus up the canyon. I had a lot of stuff... my skis/poles/boots, the rented snowboard and boots, my helmet, and my backpack (with my glove liners, mitten, balaclava, a novel, lip balm, sandwich, apples, water, etc). Got up to the resort and signed up for a beginner lesson and sweet talked the basket check woman into watching my skis or snowboard when whichever wasn't in use.
The lesson wasn't due to start till 9:45, and the lifts open at 8:30, so I got in the lift line with my skis on. Holy powder day, Batman! I hadn't realized that they had gotten 6" of fresh stuff overnight. I did about an hour of powder skiing, which was fun. Because I'm usually skiing with my kids, I don't get a lot of powder skiing in. It was fun, but also, DUDE--a lot of work on the thighs. ;-)
I was in a group with 6 other first-time snowboard. It was an interesting mix of people. Youngest was 13, oldest was 50. Our instructor--picture Keanu Reeves in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, but with a goatee. (I mean that as a compliment.) Very laid back, very patient, very ... "*dude*". ;-)
Putting on the snowboard, crap man--a pain in the ass after years of just stepping into skis. Also, I did a little experimenting in the first hour to figure out if I'm goofy foot or regular. (Goofy is right foot forward, regular is left.) As I'm sure you're not surprised to learn, I'm goofy. (I'm also very dominantly left-handed, so again, not surprising.) Ted was very patient through this.
Oh the falling and the laughing.... our class practiced tiny turns on a tiny slope to begin with, but that didn't prevent spectacular wipe-outs. Everyone was pretty good natured about it. (Ironically, the youngest members of the class were the slowest to catch on and the most frustrated... I didn't see *that* coming.) I was *so* happy to have my helmet. During the morning portion of the lesson, I had a good time, but I basically thought I was amounting to the world's worst snowboarder, and I didn't see anything in common with skiing besides perhaps the snow! :-O
During our hour lunch break, I grabbed my skis, jammed my sandwich in my pocket, and crammed in another hour of skiing. :-D (I dutifully drank my water, too.) Powder pretty worked over by that point, thighs pretty tired.
In the afternoon, we headed to a beginner lift. My unloading was.... very ungraceful. I screamed every single time. I screamed with surprise when I managed to not crash. I screamed with terror (and amusement) when I did. Let's see... I hit a classmate and a sign. I fell right in front of the next people unloading. Etc. It was not pretty. The afternoon was all about trying to make turns down a beginning slope. Cut across toe-side. Cut across heel-side. If you can't transition between the turns, either plop down and roll over to the other side to do the other direction, or (more likely) fall/crash/wipeout and *then* roll over and do the other direction. I was having a lot of fun, but I was dubious about whether anything was sinking in.
As hard as it was for me, I did notice that I was making it down faster than my classmates. Every time. I don't know if this is because of my skiing or my general athleticism. I felt really, *really* awkward, but it couldn't have been as bad as I thought. They didn't look half bad, just terrified. So I probably wasn't half bad, either. (And yeah, I was terrified.)
By the last run of the lesson, I was starting to be able to connect a turn or two. (Woo hoo!) I could see a glimmer of "This could be fun..." So instead of swapping out to my skis for the last hour of lift time, I decided to keep my snowboard on and practice. I really think it was worth it... The last two runs were definitely the best... I was able to connect as many as 4 or 5 turns before I fell, and I felt like I was able to enjoy the gliding part and do it somewhat gracefully. And *this* on quivering legs that got in 8 full hours of the slopes, plus knees that had fallen on ice.
What I got out of all of this... I feel like this was an awesome birthday present to myself (and I have to give my dh credit for running a full day with the kids at home *and* he did big time maintenance on my bike, including putting on the new chain). This is the kind of reward/goal I want to work toward here on SP. It was *great* to try something new. I will definitely do this again... probably this weekend, when my friend C arrives for our big ski/snowboarding weekend. :-D It was really good for my head... made me feel in touch with my body and my strength, I enjoyed the mental and physical challenge, I enjoyed feeling like I learned something, etc. It made me realize that shaking things up and trying new things (in all aspects of life) is *great*. I am in such a good mood today.
And... I'm not as banged up as I thought I'd be, which is nice. Probably the worst thing that happened, as I mentioned, was catching some ice with my knees. They're probably going to be purple this week. But maybe I'm in decent shape if I can ski and board for 8 hours and not have a lot of soreness. ;-)
I didn't go any strength-training yesterday or any videos. (Does doing the crazy hop uphill with the board on count? How about doing the bunny hop? How about pushing myself to standing 1000x?) I *did* however, do very extensive stretching through the day (standing in line) and afterward... I did probably 20 minutes of just stretching while waiting for the bus. Hmm... maybe that's why I'm not sore!
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I'm in the same boat as you both. I learned to ski when I was 6 (at Cypress Mountain - the ski hill where the Olympic freestyle skiing and snowboarding were last month) and can ski pretty much anything, so 2 years ago I took up snowboarding as a neat way to "hang out" and bond with my oldest son, who's now 13. I'm 34.
I took 1 lesson and it made a HUGE difference. I don't think I could have done it without the lesson. My advice would be to relax, and when you think you're relaxed, relax again. (Ever notice how laid back snowboarders are??) Learning to snowboard is one of the most challenging and frustrating things I have even done, but is SOOOOO worth it. Advice #2: Be prepared to fall - over and over and over - and be prepared for your arms to hurt like you've never imagined the next day (from pushing yourself up over and over and over). But again...SOOOOO worth it. Advice #3: Don't expect to do much the first day (except fall and get up and fall and get up). Oh, and one finaly word of advice - look to where you want to go, and only where you want to go. A soon as you look at something while on a snowboard, your head moves your neck, in turn moving your shoulders, and in turn moving the snowboard, and you with it.
If you ski well already, you have an advantage, it's just the being sideways and having your feet both attached to the same board that you need to get used to. In the lesson I took I was the only person who could turn and make it down the bunny hill by the end of the 2 hour lesson. Everyone else had never skiied and seemed to be having way more difficulty.
I've been boarding for 2 years now and still am not nearly as good at is as skiing, but I love it and I love the challenge of it. Am going tomorrow too!!Also, it's a WAY better workout than skiing. Don't believe me? Wait until you see how exhausted you'll be at the end of tomorrow!
Good luck with that! Just kidding. I was in the same boat as you a number of years ago. I am also an expert skier, but I moved from the east coast to MN where there are no hills (even though the Olympic Gold medalist in the downhill is from here). MN trains great racers, but for free skiing, not too exciting. So I decided to learn to snowboard. You are very smart to take a lesson. It felt very awkward to me (it still does), to have my feet in that position. But you get used to it. And if you have a good instructor, they will teach you step by step, teaching you heel side and toe side, and how to edge both ways. Eventually, the goal is to complete a turn both from the heel side and the toe side. At first the heel side will feel easier, but as you get more accomplished you will realize the toe side turns are easier (although not at first). Most people say snowboarding has a 3 day learning curve, but if you are able to work on it all day, you might be able to link your turns the first day. Oh, and wear a helmet! I didn't learn to snowboard until I was in my 40's, but by taking lessons I was able to do it without much injury or pain! :) I still enjoy skiing way more, probably because I can ski down almost anything, but have only conquered the blues on a board. But it's a nice break for my shins and feet to put on comfortable boots after being in ski boots for 3-4 days. And it's definitely a "cool" factor with my kids friends that their mom snowboards! Let us know how it goes! Good luck!
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