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    Posted: Nov/25/2011 at 4:10pm
G,Day all,

Im from WA Australia and have never left, in feb im heading to big white Canada for 3 weeks, cant wait!

However ive never even seen snow before, can anyone give me a link or know of a sticky thread anywere to get really lame beginners advice,

ive got most of my gear organised, (except my boots, will get them in Canada) but just chasing some genral advice about snow, snowboarding, gear and what to expect,

Cheers
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/25/2011 at 4:29pm
I dont wanna post a million links for you so here is a quicker way. just go in the board room and at the bottom of the page is a forum selector. there is one for gear only from there learn up on any topic u want.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/25/2011 at 4:33pm
I don't think I'm bad... I don't box, no karate... just here to make friends with everybody
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/25/2011 at 4:33pm
http://snowprofessor.com/

simple, easy to follow, step by step lessons. i think these tips are the best for people who have never been on snow before.

i had my sister watch the beginner lessons for a good week before her first day on the hill and they really helped ALOT.  good luck, have fun and most importantly, don't give up!! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/25/2011 at 4:58pm
Thnks for the help fellas
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/25/2011 at 5:17pm
wow, going from no snow to big white in feb...that about as big a jump as it gets.  By feb, there should be a TON of snow there...if not absolutely dumping powder (sounds like you're that lucky). 

Bunny hill/rope tow, first.   Then, just stick to the beginner lift until you're getting on and off fluidly - by this point, you should already be getting the hang of riding down the runs pretty good, too. 

The best advice anyone gave me was to use your edges.  Toe side=toe edge.  Heel side=heel edge.  Do not try to ride straight/flat until you have the edge thing wired.

I've known beginners, with a knack for boarding in general, who catch on within a day...some riding easy intermediate runs by the end of the first day (just be sure to have the lift thing down - no one wants to wait for a stopped lift while a noob gets out of the way)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/25/2011 at 6:19pm
haha yeah lately ive been feeling lucky, I have some lessons booked in for the first day, figure that would get me a good enough start to get the beginner stuff down before i start going down solo,

no doubt ill meet some nice fellows around to board with anyway
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/25/2011 at 6:39pm
why did you buy gears if your only visiting canada? when you go back it will all go to waste?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/25/2011 at 7:35pm
I work away, get paid alot and have every 3rd weeks off, got AUS mining industry to thank for that,

If i enjoy the sport, i may make regular trips to the eastern states and ride in the winter, and planning on an annual trip to canada, USA, Europe (winter when ever my summer is as i race dirt bikes in winter time here)

On the other hand, if i go and hate it ill just hock all the gear and try something else
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/25/2011 at 8:01pm
eastern states? as in US? usually i hear people go to colorado or tahoe and canada.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/25/2011 at 9:18pm
Eastern States Aus, haha, New South Wales has a god resort i hear....

I wish i got paid enough to go back and forth to usa!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/25/2011 at 11:00pm
You'd be better off heading to Japan from over there. If cash isn't an issue.
9 & 1/2 hrs to Japan, 4 & 1/2 to the east coast... FAR better conditions (different time of year). This is assuming you get into it of course.

Damn mine workers, I get so jealous of the cash/time off. What mine you at?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/25/2011 at 11:13pm
Christmas Creek, Bout 100K north of newman,

Yeah a agree japan is almost a better option because my race season is winter time over here,

but i plan on doing big trips in summer, basically 5-6 month trips so im not up north in the summer.....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/26/2011 at 7:24am
Shouldn't boots be the FIRST thing to get not the last? at least that's what I was told.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/26/2011 at 8:15am
wear a helemt
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/26/2011 at 8:20am
..and/or butt pads (the ones from your moto-x gear may work)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/26/2011 at 8:37am
Going from no snow to a ton of snow is a big difference and as a beginner you're not gonna like it since you're going to be falling a lot and getting stuck in all that snow and not being able to stand back up.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/26/2011 at 12:13pm
The reason i didn't get boots first is i refuse to buy them online, I've been told that they have to fit properly, and never have wearing them i can just guess whats going to fit me, and there is no snow shops in WA as we dont have any snow, I wasn't aware that it made a different what order you got the gear?

As far as the whole falling over thing, think its just a case of manning up, I cant say weather im going to be able to hack it or not because ive never done it, all i can say is that its no fun learning to ride a dirt bike either when your stuck up hills or stuck in the mud, my guess is that perseverance and patience will be good things to bring along,



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/26/2011 at 12:26pm
Originally posted by Piranha

..and/or butt pads (the ones from your moto-x gear may work)
 
Yes, they will make your time on the hill much more enjoyable without a busted tailbone.  Get some wrist guards too, you're not supposed to catch yourself with your hands, but sometimes you just can't help it.  Good luck and have fun. 
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