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Saturday, January 21, 2006

First time snowboarding and I'm still intact!

Tried snowboarding for the first time today! I had a good time. Conditions were much better than last week. Well, anything other than rain on the slopes is an improvement over last week :p

We had some informal lessons by a guy in the ski and snowboard club. I think I caught on quite quickly and managed to carve on both edges within an hour on the bunny slopes. Balance on a board took a little getting used to since I've never really been on a board of any kind before.

I was able to go down the beginner slopes quite well, and then craving a beaver's tail, tried to get to the village. Big mistake. I can't do intermediate runs yet. It was actually frustrating going down it because I was like, I could easily do this if I was on skis! I think I was just too scared. Scared of going too fast and getting out of control. When this happened, I just lost my technique and stopped putting my weight on the front of the board. I'm not sure if it's taking me longer than skiing or not. I don't think I was able to do intermediate runs until the second day of skiing.

The jury's still out on whether I like skiing or snowboarding better. I'll give it a couple more tries. Going down the beginner slope pretty fast and reasonably in control is a lot of fun. One thing's for certain, snowboarding boots are a lot more comfortable and look nicer.

Oh, and I had no idea that it was Mimi's birthday today (the person, not the cat). Happy birthday Mimi! Not that you read my blog...


Anonymous said...

you seem to have done much better than i on my first try, mind you i've never tried skiing. regardless i fell sooooo many times and i was soooo exhausted. i wanna go again.

Vince said...

Oh, I fell a lot and had some good wipe-outs. Wearing my volleyball kneepads was an AMAZING idea! Nothing like falling without pain!

Bob said...

nice butt shot! ;)

yeah I tried snowboarding before.. the trees kept getting in the way.

Vince said...

Haha, not my ass! Ripped that picture from a stock photo site....

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