Many thanks to Filipp for recording one of weekend morning clinics for snowboard instructors where we were focused o how to teach a first time snowboarder lesson. The instructors in the clinic were 2 instructors who mostly teach skiing and a junior instructor who mostly assists with teaching in the kids camp program. These folks were paid for this 90 minutes clinic. The 3 clips on the link are excerpts. Now you can hear all of my lies (I heard one - did you?) and watch my crappy riding.
The first video is working on pain in the S turns vs garlands. The main concept was that the edge change in a pain the S turn is the ideal end of the falling leaf garland progression in a level 1 lesson. We won't get there very often, but we can get there in level 2 and level 3 lessons more often. This was starting out "backward" (covering the tail end of the lesson first), but the clinics start before we open and I have to work with the terrain we're allowed on.
The second video starts with a chairlift discussion about the introduction portion of the lesson. "Discovery" is our "on demand" "at your own pace" lesson process for teaching first timers. For riders, we collect a small group at the base of the magic carpet, do a quick intro/check of gear/intro to scootering and send them up the carpet. Toward the end of the clip you can see the berm area at the top of the magic carpet where we set up a roped off area for teaching first timers (but it's not set up yet). In that area, we have a practice area for more scootering and lanes set up for straight runs, toe side turns and heel side turns. Students go through the areas at their own pace. At the end of the time in the Discovery area we take the students out on the hill. At the end of the clip you see how we take students down from the discovery area to the lift (i.e. toe side traverse). Before the on snow section through the trees is short piece of our beginner trail called Ledgewood which is both our steepest and flattest green trail.
The third clip is inside the rental building. We are learning how to adjust the horizontal positioning of the highback on our Burton rental bindings to effect toe strap tightness,