My First Time Snowboarding

When referring to winter activities, it’s like you have to pick a side… skiing or snowboarding? Well, I’ve tried both now and snowboarding definitely picked me.

A year ago I learned to ski. I’m severely pigeon-toed and have weak joints so naturally, skiing sucked. I always pizza’d no matter how hard I tried to french fry. Anyways, a year later I got to try snowboarding. Even though most people say snowboarding is a lot harder to learn than skiing, I felt the opposite.

Tanner brought me to Arapahoe Basin, close to his usual spot at Keystone. I rented some snowboarding gear from Happy Sport Ski Rental in Parker, and we headed to the mountain early Sunday morning.

I was nervous heading to the mountain– probably because I was on my way toward possible broken limbs if I sucked. Luckily, we were all smiles when we reached the mountain because the weather was beautiful! Nature’s the best.

When Tanner and I were on the mountain, he only took me on green runs (the easiest ones) so I wouldn’t get frustrated. Good thing he knows me (/my temper) so well. He taught me how to slow down, ride toe-side/heel-side, and snowboard in the shape of an S. I also learned how to avoid falling by staying off the wrong edges of the board (sometimes). He thought I was great for my first day but I’m definitely hurting now.

My attitude toward learning– I can usually pick up any task fairly quickly. My trick to trying something new is thinking that anything is easy because other people can do it. So, each time I struggled or fell, I thought of all the X-Games athletes who started their sport careers later in life, or the 3-year old on a snowboard zooming past me while I sit on my butt in the snow. I knew it would keep getting better if I kept trying!

Positivity + A Realistic Idea of How Painful Learning is (+ a really cute instructor 😉) = A Successful Day of Learning. Plus, it’s cool bc Tanner and I can be a snowboarder couple now!!

Until we conquer another mountain!

-ksex

2 Responses to “My First Time Snowboarding”

  1. Lexxi A. Maxey

    So what did you do differently 🤔 because my fiancé has pigeon toe and she tried snowboarding (prior to meeting me who loves snowboarding) and couldn’t find her balance and what not. I thought trying to get her skiing since she’s only tried (emphasis on tried) water skiing, could work so we can be on the mountain together instead of me going alone.

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    • kaitsexton

      Being strapped in I was able to set my bindings to what was comfortable on the snowboard when standing. Snowboarding requires more of a weight shift to the front and back of board rather than altering your direction per foot!

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