Relearning snowboarding and D's first time
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2019-02-04 09:39 by Sarah Denninger
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Relearning snowboarding and D's first time
 

A year ago I tried Snowboarding for the first time. It was a lot of fun even though I was hurting so badly the next day. I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to do any better the next time I went. I knew that I had a hard time stopping and a hard time controlling the board so that I could go left and right. So for this time I was a little nervous about what was to come when we went together. But we decided that we would give it a go and so we got up early and made the trek out to the mountainside. 

Once we arrived at the Ski resort we made our way to the ticket area to check out the options they had for the day. When we looked at the prices we decided to stick to the bunny hill since it was only $10 for the whole day but we also didn't know how big the hill was. The lady suggested that we go check out the bunny hill and get our rentals at the same time so that we can make a decision on what we wanted to do. With that in mind we went ahead and made our way to the rentals. We got our boots and boards while putting on our snow pants. Once that was done we made the decision to just do the bunny hill for the day. 

We made our way to the ticket booth and bought the tickets, attached them to our jackets and then made our way to the hill. Since D had never done Snowboarding before and wasn't going to take the class (which he should have) I had to teach him what I knew from my class in Gatlinburg. The first and most important thing was getting him on his board. I showed him which foot he needed in front and from there I started to let him get a feel for the board. Its not exactly an easy thing to get used to and the sport is not easy to understand let alone perform without hurting yourself. 

 

After some time of clumsily boarding around we decided to get on the magic carpet that took us to the top of the hill where the real fun began. Once we were at the top I had to show him how to strap in all the way, how to stand up on the board and then how to safely go down. Surprisingly I was able to actually control my board my easier then the first time around. For D it was a fun ride down the hill by falling on his butt and riding the mountain down. For a few hours I had a fun time trying to get him to listen and learn how to control the board. He had (and still does) a hard time being stable on the board, not bending his knees in a way that his butt is sticking out, and also not dong a 360 maneuver at the end. 

For me it was a quick adjustment. I started playing with the board, trying to practice slowing down, going straight and moving left and right. To be honest I felt pretty confident the first few times I made it down without falling. It was really just a lot of fun to go back up the hill, try out new things and see how I do while I try out new things. 

All in all it was a good time and around 1 in the afternoon we decided to call it quits for the day. It was actually pretty warm and most of us were feeling pretty dehydrated. So we packed up and said goodbye to our little bunny hill. If we get more snow were thinking about going back and doing the other hills. Now that would be a sight to see considering that D thinks he confident enough to make it down a hill without wiping out. I honestly don't think that will happen and he's gonna learn a hard lesson about what those hills are really like but, I guess we will have to wait and see. 

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