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  1. I went snowboarding for a month in Austria. Was fackin hardcore.

    I'm a first timer, so at first I was a bit frustrated that all my mates were freestyling while I was doing falling leaf and J turns. But after a while I came to terms with the fact that snowboarding is not the same as skateboarding and my instructer was hot.

    The first week was spent at Zel am See on the Glacier near Kaprun, and the Kitsteinhorn near Zel. We just learned the basics. Plenty of spills, plenty of pain, plenty of fun. The best thing about it were the T-bars though. T shaped bars you grab to get dragged back up the mountain. For skiers probably simple. For a novice snowboarder extremely difficult as you have to steer keeping clear of ruts made be the many who have gone before you and keeping your balance in general. What a ball-ache, but it's better than walking! The first week I just gave up and hooked my free leg over the T so I could be dragged up by my feet catching all the snow loose snow in my jacket as I went... yay.

    The next three weeks were spent racing down at Nuestift against the other novices but since the weather was shitty for a bit all we did was freeboard. I never won any of the races I attended but did manage to overtake somebody on the (single) Slalem. The food was excellent down there and there wasn't I night I came home sober. And the best part was getting paid to skive my actual job to go on a winter holiday for a month.

    As a bonus I got air, learned a couple of tricks and mastered the T bar(I was doing that bad boy one legged and everything.)

    So anyway any snowboarders on here? Can you recomend any places to go on a snowboarding holiday? Anybody who's interested want any info on it? Btw if you're looking for tuition I suggest the Ripstar team.

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    2. Doom Marine

      Doom Marine

      Janderson said:

      I went snowboarding for a month in Austria. Was fackin hardcore.

      I'm a first timer, so at first I was a bit frustrated that all my mates were freestyling while I was doing falling leaf and J turns. But after a while I came to terms with the fact that snowboarding is not the same as skateboarding and my instructer was hot.

      ...

      So anyway any snowboarders on here? Can you recomend any places to go on a snowboarding holiday? Anybody who's interested want any info on it? Btw if you're looking for tuition I suggest the Ripstar team.

      That claim is useless without pics, nekkid pics of your instructor (for movement analysis) plz.

      As a snowboarding instructor myself, I spend plenty of time in Snoqualmie Pass and Whistler-Blackcomb. If you ever have the chance to snowboard in North America, go to Whistler it's the best we have to offer.

    3. Doom Marine

      Doom Marine

      DooMAD said:

      I've been a couple of times in British Columbia, Canada. It's definitely better than skiing, but I'm pretty hopeless at it. If 'falling leaf' turns are what I think they are, that's pretty much where I'm at in terms of mastery. I've yet to get the hang of turning whilst going fast, so I tend to travel slower just so I can keep control, but then end up losing momentum and getting stuck. Then you have to unclip a foot and start pushing, which probably looks pretty lame. My dismounts from the ski lift almost always result in falling over, but it's still good fun, heh.

      I was a snowboarder who switched over to skiing and currently instruct both sports. One of the main problems with most snowboarders, is that they lean back too much when travelling fast.

      When travelling at high speeds, it's natural for the novice snowboarder (or skier) to resort to natural instincts to face away from the "danger," which would be in this case the downhill slope. This makes the upper body lean back while the snowboard accelerates and cause the rider to fall. What should be done here is to do the opposite and "face the danger," lean into the tip of the snowboard (even if it's facing downhill), and make sure most of your body forces are directed towards the front of the snowboard, and pressure it to be on edge. "Facing the danger" is very much key to the J-turn and many other maneuvers as you advance in snowboarding. Practice it on a gentle slope.

      Hopeless eh? If you feel like you like snowboarding enough, you should start it out right with the correct fundamentals. Too often I've seen people with 10+ years of snowboarding experience who "sideslips" down black diamond chutes; they haven't been shown the proper way. What do I mean by starting out right with correct fundamentals? Take lessons, getting formal snowboarding/skiing lessons will build a good foundation from which all the more badass tricks are based upon.

    4. Patrick

      Patrick

      I live in Colorado and I do not ski, nor do I board. hopefully I'll find the opportunity to do so.

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