a documentary of our snowboard sessions by Jim & Emily
The Training Area
It's the third training session for Emily and Jim, and we are very
comfortable with the setup.
Our instructor, Sam, is really great. He is very patient and supportive,
even when we occasionally have a little trouble with some of the
techniques. At right, Sam assists Emily as she steps into the front
binding. Then into the rear one. We are using the Step-in system, which
makes it easy to click in. The small orange knob to the left of Emily's
boot is to lock the binding in the closed position.
Ready for Training
Emily begins with some review and warm up moves. She starts out doing
the wind shield wipe sliding her rear foot one direction and then the
other while checking her Stance in the mirror.
Emily does some turns. At right, she is turning to her left. Note
the board is pointed to the left and she is on the left edge of the
board. It may seem like she is going back-first as she turns, but both
Emily and Jim find this turn the easiest. Note that her left foot is
forward, which is the most common, or normal, riding position. Next, she
will do turns with her right foot forward, a stance called "fakey." Then
it's time to try to go straight a more difficult task, so Emily has to
concentrate on Sam's message.
Jim goes through the same warm up routine and then practices turning
left and right, first in normal stance, and then in fakey stance, as at
right. At this stage of training, both Jim and Emily are less
comfortable with a fakey left turn or a normal stance right turn, than
with the opposites.
Jim is having some trouble going straight
so Sam gives him an exercise to help focus on the technique. It is still
hard. Who would imagine that it's necessary to put a little extra weight
on the front toe.. Sam assures us that it will become more natural
within another lesson or two
We hope to be ready for "real snow," not a moving carpet, after about
two more training sessions, perhaps as early as late March. We will
probably need additional sessions after that. Overall, the training will
make it much easier for us to enjoy ourselves and avoid a lot of falls
when we finally do go to the Tahoe resorts. Meanwhile, we are comparing
the resort attributes.
We feel real lucky to have Sam for all our training. Sam tries to help
us avoid the painfull first start on snow and the risk of getting
discouraged. As Sam pointed out, it is harder to initially learn to
snowboard than it is to learn to ski. If we can avoid the falls and
frustration, then our first outing will be much better.
Sam is available in the greater Sacramento area at 916-736-0432, or by
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the www.endlesslope.com web