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How to Snowboard: ULTIMATE Beginner’s Lesson, Tips and Tricks

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Learning how to ski or snowboard can be intimidating. We get it. Been there, done that. We didn’t grow up on the slopes either. Fortunately, it’s not as scary as it seems. Here’s your complete guide to what to expect during your first visit to a ski resort, complete with tips, tricks, and basically an entire snowboarding lesson from the pros (David Handy, head of the Ski School) at Nordic Valley in Utah!


00:00 Intro

00:54 Finding a place to learn

02:12 Navigating the resort for the first time

03:01 How far in advance to book lessons

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03:50 Setting expectations for your first lesson

The Lesson

06:54 How to stand on a snowboard

08:16 Determining which foot is your lead foot

09:51 Strapping in for the first time

11:24 Terminology and getting a Feel for the board

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12:45 Skating (getting around on one foot)

14:27 Hiking (going up hill on one foot)

15:52 Straight Glide (downhill with one foot)

17:05 How to stop and turning your board (heelside J turn)

20:06 Toeside J turn

22:58 The Magic Carpet

24:12 Falling safely

26:11 Standing Up

27:36 Starting down the hill

28:15 Tilting and stopping heelside

30:23 Stopping toeside

32:55 C turns and S turns

34:06 Standing up on the toeside edge

38:38 The chairlift

42:00 Practicing on bigger hills

42:50 Tips for new hills

44:00 General rules and etiquette

47:49 Let’s RACE!

49:59 Outro