ReFur Posted March 5, 2006 Share Posted March 5, 2006 A discussion on another forum started to go off-topic (Thanks to me ) so, I am starting a new thread here. I am primarily a downhill skier. My husband is primarily a boarder. Living in Michigan the terrain gets very boring, especially if you start your season In Colorado, like I use to do. (Before I started selling furs. ) So, to liven up my Winter sports, I decided to take up snowboarding. I only snowboard when the snow is soft. And, I wear safety equipment. Of the four ladies who started the same time as I did, I am the only one who did not break a wrist. I also took lessons. The first day was just learning the equipment and dragging the board around on one foot. Then balancing and gliding was next. This could all be done on snow that had only a slight fall line. No lift tickets needed. If you don't have a quality fitting boot you might as well forget it. Your foot will slide forward, your heel will lift in the boot. That means the board does not respond. Then, you guessed it: You are on your butt real fast. I cannot emphasis enough the importance of proper equipment. There also are several different types of boards, boots and bindings. What I absolutely love about snow boarding is the incredible child-like feeling you get. Being on the snow is not failure! It is fun. I am a skier at heart, always will be. But, trying something new and different will keep you young. I will not be snowboarding on ice, I won't be doing jumps or 360's (at least not on purpose ), and I won't be speeding straight down the fall line. I also will not snowboard when there are a lot of people at the resort. (Won't ski then either.) I personally feel that you need to be in decent shape to do this sport. Your abs, back, legs and butt need to be strong to keep your balance and get you off the snow. But, then I see young boarders that look like blobs and they board without a problem. You will be slamming hard the first few days until you get balance. (Note I said SLAM, not fall. This part is NOT fun!!) Just plan on it. That is why I waited for soft snow days to learn. About the third day, for most people, you will get it. So for me basic snowboarding is all I want to do. If I were younger I would definitely be doing tricks. (No, guys tricks in snowboarding is not THAT!! ), I can get off the lift without falling most of the time, even though there is serous hyperventilating going on! . I can stop, I can go toe and heel side. This allows me to go everywhere on the Mountain except black diamonds. And, most importantly I have a great outfit and shades!! Linda Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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