This past Saturday was my first date with a snowboard.
Matt and I got up early Saturday morning to head up to Mt. St. Louis for a day of boarding, lessons, laughs and beer. I will note the excitement Matt had for this day. So excited in fact, that he forgot to change into regular day clothing and ended up boarding in his PJ’s (underneath his boarding pants of course).
Matt and I were joined by two of his buddies. Ben, who has been boarding for a few years and Simon, who has never touched one. It was perfect! The plan was that Simon and I would take a lesson and play on the baby (bunny) hill and Matt and Ben would come around and hang/help out every so often.
The drive up was fun and the boys kept me entertained with some colorful stories which kept my mind from thinking about the potential disaster that was ahead of me. Into the resort, paid up, boards sorted, boots laced, we were off!
Simon and I met up with our instructor along with 4 others, including a 12 year old who kept telling us how much the session was going to suck and how sore we would be after the day is out (such a sweetheart). They taught us the basics, heel edge, toe edge, skating, bindings etc.. It wasn’t so bad! We started off with learning about our heel edge… and I was getting it! Slow though.. but making progress. The instructor would ask us to stop.. and that’s when it kicked off.
I would fall gracefully on my backside and try to get up.. the word here is *try* I found it nearly impossible to get up. Every single time I fell, I would try .. but try in vain. I just couldn’t get up! One girl in the group got so fed up she took her bindings off and walked down the hill. I kept going! Next.. Toe edge. I rocked it! I was better at using the toe edge than my heel edge! It was amazing. They taught us how to move the board left and right and before I knew it, the lesson was over and we were left to practice.
Back up the chairlift to the top! The chairlift and I have a love/hate relationship. I.e- I love chilling out on it, I hate getting off of it. ARGH! I took people out! Having to position yourself properly and skate off gracefully is a pipe dream for me at the moment 🙂 Matt joined me on this one and we took our time playing around and him helping me out! I got to see him in action jumping around on his board. He gives me hope, considering this is his second season! I have no doubt in my mind that by the end of this season I will be looking quite cool coming down the slopes.
Biggest challenges so far: Standing up and getting off the chairlift in one piece.
Verdict? – Love it! It looks like I will need a boat load of patience and a bit of balls to pick up some speed but I will no doubt get there! In fact, we are heading up again this Sunday! I may sign up for another lesson and then practice away.
The current and potentially ongoing CON about boarding – The aches afterwards. I will never take putting a bra on for granted ever again. That is how sore my upper body is. Ouch.