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Old 12-10-2012, 01:11 PM   #276
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picked up a 3 day edge card. I'll have to rotate cypress and whistler.
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Some things I learned as a beginner if anyone is thinking of trying snowboarding for the first time is:
Need to buy a helmet and maybe wrist guards.
Learn how to properly get off a ski left so you wont bail hard trying to get off.. lol

All in all it was a fun experience for myself and I hope to continue learning how to snowboard.

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P.S. Does anyone recommend a better mountain to start off with, or was Cypress good enough to learn. I was thinking of sticking with grouse because it is the shortest drive.
Welcome to the club, man! Stay for a while, you just might like it here!

In terms of equipment, helmets are a major point of contention. I personally wear one, but research shows helmets become almost a moot point when involved in collisions at speeds higher than 15mph. It's great for preventing bumps and bruises, or at worst a concussion, but don't expect to fly at a tree and survive the impact. Your best safety equipment are your eyes and your brain.

You won't need a wrist guard. Learn to fall on your forearms, tuck them to your chest and let your whole body take the impact. NEVER stick out your arms to catch yourself unless you want to dislocate your shoulder. Believe me, the wait at the ER will hurt (if you don't freeze to death waiting for your buddy to get Ski Patrol).

The one thing you have to accept about snowboarding is that you WILL fall. Dozens of times in a season. Sometimes it's a soft landing, sometimes it's a back breaking scorpion. Don't be afraid of falling. Riding off the lift only comes with experience. The more you ride off the lift, the more you learn to look where you want to go, where to place your back foot, how to maintain balance. If you do fall under the lift, keep that head down, unless you want the chair to swing around and hit your head.

Just keep riding man. Lots of things to learn and pick up, just make sure you keep it fun. If you're constantly worried about falling, you're stressing out too much, and you're not having fun. Just let it flow. If you don't push yourself to the point of bailing, you're not progressing.
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In terms of equipment, helmets are a major point of contention. I personally wear one, but research shows helmets become almost a moot point when involved in collisions at speeds higher than 15mph. It's great for preventing bumps and bruises, or at worst a concussion, but don't expect to fly at a tree and survive the impact. Your best safety equipment are your eyes and your brain.
I have to respectfully disagree good sir. I can not believe this at all, from both experience and the many sports requiring helmets.

I can tell you I've crashed going more than 15mph and I think I'd be a little brain dead if it weren't for my trusty brain bucket.
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I have to respectfully disagree good sir. I can not believe this at all, from both experience and the many sports requiring helmets.

I can tell you I've crashed going more than 15mph and I think I'd be a little brain dead if it weren't for my trusty brain bucket.
Same here, caught an edge while mellowing out and not paying attention, head impacts ice at high speed and my Smith Maze took a massive dent and had my ears ringing for a good 30s before I realized that I survived a possible head injury. The helmet was unusable after, but $90 vs a lifetime of headaches is a worthy investment.

My point was that helmets are not the be-all-end-all of head injuries. If you ride well beyond your abilities or your ability to navigate the mountain safely, don't respect the Alpine Code, you can be in a hamster ball and you will still get hurt.

I know what you're saying. I'm a helmet user too. it's just, if you just read around the various snowboarding forums out there, there are anti-helmet hardliners that use the 15mph impact rating as one of many reasons helmets don't work. The other primary excuse is that they're adults and they have free will to make the decision NOT to wear helmets. It's a fair, but pretty ridiculous argument.
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haha damn, I've been there before too, I know that feel bro. goodluck. It'll all be over sooner or later. But you telling me about your bro makes me jelly also.
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anyone know any good snowboarding forums? its so hard finding a 170-173 wide board..been trying down south as well

nothing new ofcourse as i dont have that kind of $$ to fork out
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Why the hell would you want a board that big in the first place?
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Alright!! Who's down for a RS Cypress meet this Sunday???

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Why the hell would you want a board that big in the first place?
Because I'm 6'6 and like 300lb? Lol
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Fair enough. Its going to be hard to find a board like that used. I know Libtech make the Skunk Ape for bigger dudes. You can check it out here. Skunk Apes Lib Tech
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nothing new ofcourse as i dont have that kind of $$ to fork out
I know these are a bit more expensive, but try Prior Snowboards - they are a local ski/board company based out of Whistler... lots of good reviews and very good rep! They've got a specials section for demo or last year's models and they do fairly wide and long boards.

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I know these are a bit more expensive, but try Prior Snowboards - they are a local ski/board company based out of Whistler... lots of good reviews and very good rep! They've got a specials section for demo or last year's models and they do fairly wide and long boards.

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+1 for Prior. They build wicked stuff, I demo'd a pair of their fat skis last season and nothing but good things to say.

They can also easily custom make any board/ski for you.
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ya someone wanted to sell me a prior snowboard that was 176, but didnt have bindings and he wanted 150$ =/
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If you think you are going to find a board and bindings in such a rare size for 150 bucks or less you are dreaming. You missed out on a steal if you passed that up.
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anyone here know a really good pro boot fitter in the GVRD? My ZF1's packed out way too much in the 2 seasons i've used it and I need to eliminate the heel lift bullshit.

I'd prefer someone who can take the time to get the boot to fit right... As much as I want to buy fresh boots the Christmas gift giving just won't allow me to, so this is the next best option. I wanna get this done before Jan 4th since im heading up to big white then, and it would be nice if all my gear worked to the tee...

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GRAB THAT BOARDDDDD!!!!

Dude, that board is worth $200-300 if it is in good condition. It is a very good board. Just man up and scrape up another $100 for bindings.
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thanks for the heads up, shoulda asked here when i knew about it..

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GRAB THAT BOARDDDDD!!!!

Dude, that board is worth $200-300 if it is in good condition. It is a very good board. Just man up and scrape up another $100 for bindings.
it had a small chip but that was about it lol dammit =[
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Dude, that board is worth $200-300 if it is in good condition. It is a very good board. Just man up and scrape up another $100 for bindings.
For sure. Remember, you are gonna have to spend like 80 bucks for lift tickets, its worth it to spend an extra hundred and get a good board. Good equipment honestly makes a huge difference in how long you can make your days last. I just sold a set of good bindings for 50 bucks, and they are super adjustable, so you will be able to find some if you look around. Also don't worry about chips, scratches, all that shit. Boards are gonna get beat, and you can't see them when they are covered in snow. It won't effect any structure of the board as long as they aren't peeling.

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