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  Quote joemac84 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Teaching GF, Lesson Questions & Tips
    Posted: Feb/08/2013 at 10:03am
So my girlfriend is ready to try riding and is joining me on a trip to Breck in a couple of weeks! I'm pumped to share the sport with her but I don't want her to stick with it and not get discouraged. I want to sign her up for a lesson and wanted to see what others may have experienced with lessons.

They have group lessons at breck and also lessons with groups of no more than 4 people. Has anyone done these in past? Are the smaller groups the way to go? Should I sign her up for multiple days or you think she can get the hang and start linking turns after 1 day? She has spent a couple of hours on the bunny hill in the past and she's very flexible but not exactly a great athlete and she's somewhat flexible. Should I take her out on our home midwest hills before we head to CO?

Any other tips or pointers are welcome, THANKS
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  Quote ctoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/08/2013 at 10:07am
Put her in a smaller group lesson so she can get more attention/direction from the instructor.  If you're able to get her out on some local hills before going to Breck.  The more time she spends on a snowboard the more she should enjoy being on a real mountain.
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  Quote lightning80 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/08/2013 at 10:17am
Putting her in a small group lesson is the way to go, or even a private lesson if you can afford it. Have her watch some instructional videos before going on the trip will also help since she'll know what to expect.
 
Worst thing you can do is to try to teach her yourself.
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  Quote JDiggidy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/08/2013 at 10:18am

Agreed.  Get her on a board with an instructor asap. 

IMO, it takes at least three days for the average joe or average jane to link a few turns and start having some fun.  if she can get a head start, she'll have more fun in CO. 
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  Quote joemac84 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/08/2013 at 10:21am
Thanks everybody! I was contemplating getting her a pair of padded shorts or at least something for the tail bone. Any recs?
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  Quote BunnySloper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/08/2013 at 10:43am
Definitely get protective gear. If you want her to stick with the sport, do everything you can to keep it fun for her. Falling hard on her behind isn't gonna be fun without some cushion. I reccommend a few things:
 
1. Have her watch videos.
2. Have her spend sometime first at the local hills (Snowboarding is all about practice)
 
Snowboarding definitely have a pretty steep learning curve, but it is ridiculously fun once they are able to link turns.
 
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The Pro-Tec IPS shorts works pretty well or you can look into those Nike combat gear or McDavids protective shorts evern under shirt. Also get her some knee pads, I have used cheap $10 a pair volleyball knee pads and it has worked out great.
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  Quote haiv143 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/08/2013 at 11:41am
My friends dumped me at a nearby hill to learn on the bunny slope for a couple of days before hitting the big mountain. When I got to the mountain we took beginner's group lesson and end up ditching it the second half of the day since we knew the basics. We took the "Cruiser" lesson the next day (carving, picking up speed, exploring, running blues, etc) and loved it. Learned so much and got comfy with linking turns. Different people have different learning curve and it depends on the instructor too. So I'd say if you're going for the weekend have her in lessons both days. I believe they teach you a bit more than half of the day and you do whatever the rest.
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For pads, there're padded shorts and tights.
I use Nike Combat football padded tights. Paddings for side hips and tailbone. I like these better than the padded shorts.

If you're planning on teaching her, watch the videos together. It'll prepare her and give you an idea on teaching the sport.
I'll recommend her taking a lesson still.
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  Quote AJD13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/08/2013 at 7:48pm
Originally posted by 2zz

For pads, there're padded shorts and tights.
I use Nike Combat football padded tights. Paddings for side hips and tailbone. I like these better than the padded shorts.

If you're planning on teaching her, watch the videos together. It'll prepare her and give you an idea on teaching the sport.
I'll recommend her taking a lesson still.

+1 for the use of the football girdle!!!! those help a ton! I do recommend the smaller groups i did my first day at stratton 5 years ago with a huge group didnt learn anything, and my brother completely quit. The second day i did another lesson at bromley and i technically signed up for the group lesson but noone else signed up so i got the private lesson for the price of the group lesson. long story short, he had me up and getting the board pointed downhill, and starting to link turns by the end of the day. i would also recommend taking her to your local hill a few times and just letting her get the hang of it a little bit, maybe even do the lesson there and let her progress and then you guys can actually have fun on your trip to breck and ride rather than sit on your ass all day while shes taking a lesson. I know when i was talking about getting my ex into it she wouldnt do the lesson without me right there with her... and if im going to breck and shes taking lessons all day i am not going to be on my ass going through the torture of a lesson all day!
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  Quote fj5 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/09/2013 at 12:41am
Yes, definitely get her on your local hills as much as you can before your trip... it'd be nice if she can link her turns before Breck.  It would seem like a bit of waste if she were to go up there and be stuck on the baby hills.  I'm a +1 for the smaller group lesson as well (maybe not for the whole day so she can go put in some good practice on her own as well - with your support).  Hopefully the instructor is one that really cares for beginner development, I've seen and heard of quite a mixture out there so ymmv.  

Thought I'd throw this out there, some of my personal tips for how to S on her first day:
http://www.trusnow.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=53417&PN=1

You mentioned she's not really an athlete but is very flexible... perhaps her flexibility is something you don't want to test on her first day (splits) LOL but definitely she's going to get quite a work out on her first days with balance, falling, and getting up so you should definitely advise her to warm up, do stretches, and be well nourished before she goes out there.  She'll expend a lot of energy fast on her first few runs.   With some dedication and repetition, she should be able to link her turns on her first day!  Best of luck!
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  Quote joemac84 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/10/2013 at 5:27am
thanks for the tips and pointers everyone! We watched some videos together and I have her working on my balance board with me. Have you guys seen any of those snowboard addiction videos? the teasers i've seen look pretty good. may need to invest.
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  Quote Angry Midget Yo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/10/2013 at 8:28am
Originally posted by joemac84

thanks for the tips and pointers everyone! We watched some videos together and I have her working on my balance board with me. Have you guys seen any of those snowboard addiction videos? the teasers i've seen look pretty good. may need to invest.

A few community members created their own how to guides as well, they're actually pretty good and free.  LOL
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  Quote milutinho Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/11/2013 at 1:27pm
i taught my girlfriend, now wife, how to ride myself and the one thing that really helped her get better was understanding that she wasn't going as fast as she thought she was. this also seems to be prevalent with all the women (sister, sister-in-law, friends WAGs) i have taught how to ride. if she is like most of these women i have helped, she will probably not believe you so see if you can make like a video on your phone of how fast they are actually going. when i did that and showed them, they finally believed me and took a few more risks outside of their comfort zone...i did this on a local hill too and now we enjoy riding together yearly all over the country. Good luck!
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  Quote AJD13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/11/2013 at 3:54pm
Originally posted by milutinho

i taught my girlfriend, now wife, how to ride myself and the one thing that really helped her get better was understanding that she wasn't going as fast as she thought she was. this also seems to be prevalent with all the women (sister, sister-in-law, friends WAGs) i have taught how to ride. if she is like most of these women i have helped, she will probably not believe you so see if you can make like a video on your phone of how fast they are actually going. when i did that and showed them, they finally believed me and took a few more risks outside of their comfort zone...i did this on a local hill too and now we enjoy riding together yearly all over the country. Good luck!

Thats actually a really good idea! i was the same way when i was learning afraid to take risks, it took me a year or two to get over it. I wish someone did that for me. I think that could happen to anyone not just girls.
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  Quote humblerooster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/11/2013 at 5:50pm
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Originally posted by milutinho

i taught my girlfriend, now wife, how to ride myself and the one thing that really helped her get better was understanding that she wasn't going as fast as she thought she was. this also seems to be prevalent with all the women (sister, sister-in-law, friends WAGs) i have taught how to ride. if she is like most of these women i have helped, she will probably not believe you so see if you can make like a video on your phone of how fast they are actually going. when i did that and showed them, they finally believed me and took a few more risks outside of their comfort zone...i did this on a local hill too and now we enjoy riding together yearly all over the country. Good luck!

Thats actually a really good idea! i was the same way when i was learning afraid to take risks, it took me a year or two to get over it. I wish someone did that for me. I think that could happen to anyone not just girls.


Thats awesome. The cool thing is that everything seems slower on camera because you dont have the air resistance on your face and the tree flying by from your peripheral view. Show them how slow they are going will easily work to boost their confidence.
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  Quote Skio25 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2013 at 4:50am
Take an ITC if you want to teach her yourself.
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  Quote JDiggidy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/13/2013 at 9:41am
Originally posted by milutinho

i taught my girlfriend, now wife, how to ride myself and the one thing that really helped her get better was understanding that she wasn't going as fast as she thought she was. this also seems to be prevalent with all the women (sister, sister-in-law, friends WAGs) i have taught how to ride. if she is like most of these women i have helped, she will probably not believe you so see if you can make like a video on your phone of how fast they are actually going. when i did that and showed them, they finally believed me and took a few more risks outside of their comfort zone...i did this on a local hill too and now we enjoy riding together yearly all over the country. Good luck!
 
 
2 things:
 
1) the video thing is a really great idea.  I'm going to use it on the new riders.
 
2) You tought the lady friend how to ride... and now you're married?? impressive!  I'm pretty sure that guys teaching gal pals how to ride is the leading cause of divorce in the West.  :)
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  Quote milutinho Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/13/2013 at 2:55pm
Originally posted by JDiggidy

Originally posted by milutinho

i taught my girlfriend, now wife, how to ride myself and the one thing that really helped her get better was understanding that she wasn't going as fast as she thought she was. this also seems to be prevalent with all the women (sister, sister-in-law, friends WAGs) i have taught how to ride. if she is like most of these women i have helped, she will probably not believe you so see if you can make like a video on your phone of how fast they are actually going. when i did that and showed them, they finally believed me and took a few more risks outside of their comfort zone...i did this on a local hill too and now we enjoy riding together yearly all over the country. Good luck!



 

 

2 things:

 

1) the video thing is a really great idea.  I'm going to use it on the new riders.

 

2) You tought the lady friend how to ride... and now you're married?? impressive!  I'm pretty sure that guys teaching gal pals how to ride is the leading cause of divorce in the West.  :)


Thanks! Yea it was pretty miserable the first 2-3 times we went out but thank god it was in Wisconsin so no real riding days were wasted. I definitely have some friends that went out West with their ladies with no experience and their patience was very limited which resulted in them putting the ladies in for lessons. I think the ladies defo like the personal attention from their men more so than the lessons.   
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the video format for teaching is a great idea.. iam also using this.And the other is teach her some lessons regarding ride so she'll get better knowledge of riding.. yon can do practicals near mountains....
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  Quote shwazy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/17/2013 at 11:55am
I don't know if you saw this or not: http://trusnow.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=33092

Definitely go with the small group lesson.
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