This is what I did whenever I fell - laid down for awhile to chill
We both grew up in opposites environment. He grew up skiing and sledging, I grew up swinging on monkey bars and running around in the sun. This is the first time that I have experienced falling snow, and doing my first winter sport.
I chose snowboarding because I decided that handling two skis will be tougher than one board. Apparently, learning how to ski is easier because you just move forward. Learning to snowboard is tougher because you need to heel and toe and move sideways and balance on a board. But progressing on a snowboard is easier, and it's a cooler sport :P
Both are expensive sports - gear, rentals, lifts. But I love my first experience and want more!
B.T's a skiier, does black and double black slopes but has only snowboarded several times but was sweet to accompany me on my first snowboard experience. TS started learning in Portland. So we all decided to go for a first timer class. We got an instructor - us three plus another guy.
We decided to do snowboarding at keystone since he said the bunny slopes were good for beginners. His parents were sweet enough to drive us up and hang around till we were done 6 hours later! On the trip up, my usual car sickness acted up and I threw up my entire breakfast of cheerios and milk :\ Horrible. But I felt loads better after.
The resort was beautiful. Snow in Colorado is really gorgeoues. Powder snow that is soft and clean. We didn't go all the way up to the tops because we were signed on beginners, but he said that at the top, you could ski down continously for half an hour, depending on your speed. And boy did those slopes look insane! Steep and winding!
Getting dressed and ready is tiring. Here's the drill -
:: Baselayer - thermal. Inner layer - wool sweather and sweat pants. Out layer - snowboard/ski jacket and pants. Then scarf, beanie, googles, gloves/mittens, inner socks and outer wool socks. Wear the snowboard boots and collect the board.
The first segment of the lessons were painful. Learning all the steps, dragging the heavy snowboard with one leg etc. My knees, shins and wrists (from sliding on the ground) were hurting. We wore bike shorts underneath to pad our butts and it helped. Each time I fell, it was so frustrating and painful but you pick yourself up and try again. I hate doing the toe in but managed the heeling well. I was also the only 'regular', the rest were goofy so I had to do things opposite. They all said I did well for a first timer :)
At the end of the day, I managed so move around on my own, flip myself around to get into the various positions, get up on the snowboard (feet binded in) a and stand, move off on my own, heel out and snowboard down the slope - without falling :) And coming to a stop without falling. Yay!
I can't wait to snowboard again - hopefully, soooon!
More pictures and a video will be on facebook, later :)( Collapse )