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First time snowboarding

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
So, I'm a skier who is interested in trying snowboarding. Part of me thinks that spring conditions would be the best time to start since I'll likely fall a lot and it will be a soft landing. However, do you think that learning in heavy, wet snow will present a challenge--ie the board getting caught in the snow? (we're talking the Northeast where they are calling for 70 degrees this weekend--even in the mtns) Or do you think for a total beginner it really doesn't make much difference what the conditions are? I just want to set myself up for the best experience possible . . . .anyone have any opinions? Thx
post #2 of 8
Beware the dark side Miramar!

I just returned from 2 days of skiing and riding at Stratton in the rain and soft snow. I think softer snow is easier for learning to ride than harder snow. Boards will get a little grabby in really wet snow the same way that skis do, but this won't be a problem for a first timer.
post #3 of 8

This was pretty fine riding in on Saturday. If you look closely you can spot the track I left. It was the best riding day I've had all season. 
post #4 of 8
I learned in soft snow and slush -- it was great conditions for learning. Your board will practically edge itself in the slush. I find it's harder to hold an edge on a board in hardpack than on skis. 
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I think I'm going to give it a try!
post #6 of 8
Pick a nice, sunny day.  Why fight the weather when boarding? When the snow gets too grabbie, it's time for lunch.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
I had friday off so decided to give snowboarding a try. It was in the 60s (might have gotten to 70s-- not sure) where I was in VT and very sunny. It was a lot of fun! Normally, I hate skiing in slush and really soft spring conditions because I get so tossed around tripped up by water/slush puddles. But I found I actually enjoyed snowboarding under these conditions. The snow was really soft for all my falls (and there were many), but the board just zipped right through the soft snow and puddles and I didn't feel like I was getting bounced around. I found that heelside edge and turns are easier for me than toe side, but by the end of the day I could link turns on the easier trails and could turn on steeper stuff but had difficulty linking the turns together. It's definitely something I want to practice more (it won't replace skiing for me, but is something else fun to work on). I think it would help to have my own boots though----I tried on a couple pairs of rentals before picking one, but I have low volume foot and I was getting heel lift in the boot for toe side turns, so it would probably improve the experience if I had better fitting boots. I don't think I'm going to get any more days out this year and snow is going fast with the temperatures we are having-- but hopefully I won't have to start completely from scratch next year and I will remember everything I learned and the feel etc!
post #8 of 8
 Congratulations! You did great.  Your post reminded me how exciting it was for me when I discovered snowboarding.
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