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Old 01-05-2014, 11:51 PM #1
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Snowboarding for the first time: Advice?

I'll be going snowboarding in late january for the first time in my life. I've never been skiing either so i'll be going into this a total newcomer. A long time snowboard and good friend of mine will likely be going with me to give me some pointers.

Advice? Do's and Don'ts? Hopefully I'll be snowboarding on the alps in no-time (seriously, I'm going abroad and plan to).
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:38 AM #2
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If you have some sort of padded slider shorts wear them. Your tailbone will hurt from falling after the first time. Also wear moisture wicking baselayers.

Try watching some videos on the basics. Its sounds lame but it gives you stuff to think about doing while on the hill.
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Be careful not to put your hand out behind you to brace falls. It's is the quickest way to get hurt. First time is going to be rough and you will be sore after, but work on one edge at a time (heels, then toes) and have fun. Be sure to have good pants and gloves and wear something for eye protection from the sun (sunglasses or ski goggles). Burned retinas really suck.
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as an extension of Irockian's advice about wicking baselayers. don't wear cotton socks.
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as an extension of Irockian's advice about wicking baselayers. don't wear cotton anything.

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Old 01-16-2014, 01:03 PM #6
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prepare your anus and wrists
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Old 04-03-2014, 06:43 PM #7
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If you have snow and even a slight hill work on stopping both front and back side without catching edges.

Also pay the money for a beginner group lesson. I tried to teach an ex and it was okay but she did a lot better with an actual instructor.
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:57 PM #10
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Not the way to learn but back in the day my buddy who had been snowboarding for a few years took me out and just sent me down some groomers.

Be prepared to fall a lot, your wrists and tailbone will take a beating. I've been riding for 10+ years and still occasionally have to slide out or catch and edge and go down hard. It's a part of the sport, the earlier you get used to falling the better.

Also, don't let your buddies talk you into anything you're not ready for. Riding a diamond is a hell of a lot different than riding a green square as a beginner.

Your first two runs are going to suck, but you'll start to get the hang of it and that's when it gets fun. You'll make it to the bottom by the end of the day.
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I found it easier to start learning how to stop on my toes first (facing up the mountain), so if I felt like I was going to fall I could at least go that way and not over backwards. Definite yes on the wicking material. Plan on your quads burning after, and #1 rule: if it's not easy the first few times, don't get discouraged. No better rush than flying downhill at 30+ mph, except maybe the break.
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:47 AM #12
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Hit 45mph bombing a diamond last year. Almost caught an edge as the trail flattened out to the base of the mountain.
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Just be mentally prepared to be on your *** a lot the first day. As someone who is learning to snowboard this year with no prior ski or snowboard experience, just realize you're not going to be flying down the hill on day one, and as easy as some make it look it takes a while to get your bearings and even be comfortable with basic turns. Take it slow and don't get frustrated, from what I have seen it takes most people a long, slow first day of learning. One thing I found helpful was to really focus on keeping weight on my front foot leading me down the hill and think of my back foot as a sort of pendulum that swung back and forth to steer. I found I tended to pull back and place too much weight on my back foot when I felt I began going to fast, and this in turn just made it harder to turn and slow down and ultimately would usually result in me falling. And keep your knees bent, can't stress how much this helps with balance and absorbing bumps while riding. After about 10 days on the slopes I can now comfortably ride the back bowls and take on black diamonds, moguls are still a pain in the *** though.
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