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Snowboarding? Yes please!

So the other day I got the chance to go snowboarding. Granted, I haven’t ever been snowboarding and the last time I even saw snow was probably roughly ten years ago. I know, I don’t get out much. Thankfully, my brother’s girlfriend already had every single piece of gear that I needed and she was nice enough to let me borrow it. We left at 6 am to drive up to Snow Valley. It took us about a hour and a half to get up there and I really had no idea what to even expect. I don’t have great balance and I was scared of breaking some part of my body.

We got suited up and headed up to the mountain area. I had a little mini lesson of how to walk with a snowboard and move around with one foot in my bindings. Then it was time to get on the chair lift. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of heights and I knew I was going to eat it trying to get off the lift. We made our way up to the front of the chair lift line and I was pretty nervous! Before I really even knew what was going on, we were on the chair life and away we went up to the beginner slope. It was pretty cool, even if I was shaking!

Then it was time to get off the chair lift. I totally ate it going down the hill and slid down while sitting on the back part of my snowboard. Chair lift – 1, Danica -0. I got strapped into the snowboard and started to slowly make my way down the hill. I think I was most scared of falling and the fall really hurting but it didn’t hurt as bad as I thought it would. Slowly and surely I made my way down the mountain. I fell a lot but it was fun and I really enjoyed it. The only major fall I really had in the first run was I totally fell face first right under the chair lift. I was laughing SO hard and the people on the chair lift were laughing at me laughing so hard.

Then I decided that I felt like my feet were in the wrong place so I got my bindings switched around and I felt more comfortable. So we went up for round two, and I successfully fell off the chair lift again. Chair lift – 2, Danica -0. I improved a lot more with each trip down the mountain. I was told at the beginning that it would be easier with more speed, which is scary to believe, but I started to realize this more and more throughout the day. The turning became easier with a little bit more speed, emphasis on the word little.

I seemed to keep most of my weight on my front foot and that is why I kept falling forward. I also found that one of my problems was the fact that I would try to turn to go the opposite way and would end up turning around too far and sliding down backwards, and that scared me so I usually stopped myself. I made it down the hill for the second time and then wanted to go back up again. As I expected, I fell off the chair lift for the third time. Chair lift – 3, Danica -0. It was just always hard for me to keep my balance and so I fell.

I was scared that I was going to get hurt, but it was really, really fun and I lived to tell about it. The last run was the hardest one though because it had gotten icy out on the slope since it was now the afternoon and the fourth time up the chair lift, when I fell off, Chair lift – 4, Danica – 0, I hurt my wrist a little bit. It was getting harder and harder to pull myself up since I was getting so tired. My arms were killing me, when you spend most of the time falling and having to pull yourself back up it’s not the easiest but a good workout. This last video is hilarious because I was so tired when I fell I just laid there.

So besides me being pretty green at snowboarding, it was really enjoyable and fun and I hope to go again sometime in the near future. I wasn’t sore the next day, only my arms were sore from continuing to pull myself up once I fell down. I improved so much from the first run to the last run, and that night I took a two hour nap. I guess snowboarding is more tiring than you’d think!


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  • Reply Heather @runfastermommy

    haha awesome!! My parents live in New Hampshire, and we try to go snowboarding whenever we visit in the winter. I suck at it, but it’s fun. And the next day I always feel like I’ve been run over by a Mack truck!!

    January 4, 2010 at 7:38 am
  • Reply Charm City Kim

    My husband is an avid snowboarder but I’m like you. I fall A LOT. One of my goals is to make it down the BUNNY SLOPE without stopping or falling! haha… I have yet to accomplish this. Whenever I pick up speed, I start to freak out and fall down.

    January 4, 2010 at 8:05 am
  • Reply Amanda

    1 of my goals for 2010 is to learn how to snowboard! Looks like you had a lot of fun.

    January 4, 2010 at 8:15 am
  • Reply Kelly

    I think I have only successfully made it off the chair lift like once in my life. I have no arm strength, so I’d have to roll onto my stomach and get up that way. This leads to the problem of having your back downhill with no skills to turn around… Seriously, i cant push myself up. Thus I had to start doing push ups. Loved the videos!

    January 4, 2010 at 8:20 am
  • Reply KatieA.

    I am sooo proud of you for keeping at it! The very first time I tried it, I went down twice, had an argument with my hubbs and sat in the lodge the rest of the day! Now we go pretty much every weekend in the winter (Tahoe) and I love it! The best cross training! Glad you enjoyed it!

    January 4, 2010 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Alisa

    Oh man, sounds like you have a MUCH BETTER experience with snow boarding than I did. I should send you the only picture I have from the day–it is probably the most disgruntled face I’ve ever given for a picture.

    Loved video number one, I’m at work so I could only sneak in one video.

    Way to try out snow boarding and leave with a smile =).

    January 4, 2010 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Abby

    I really want to learn how to snowboard! But I get so miserable in the snow…I hate to be cold!!!

    January 4, 2010 at 9:39 am
  • Reply Denise

    Looks fun. I could try it any time I want out here during the winter but I’m too scared of breaking a leg. I’ll stick to skiing.

    January 4, 2010 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Lara

    Ok, I live in Colorado and have NEVER snowboarded. The gear intimidates me, I’ll admit it. :-( Glad you got up there and I can’t believe you lasted the entire day!!! You’re awesome!!

    January 4, 2010 at 10:23 am
  • Reply tara gibson

    props to you for trying! I am terrified of snowboarding! Skiing all the way haha. you look cute in all your gear!

    January 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Pure2Raw twins

    Oh you did great! I remember my first time skiing, my butt hurt for awhile…and it is totally a tough workout : ) You have inspired me to give snowboarding a try, whenever I get the chance.

    Nice job girl!

    January 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Madison

    I heart snowboarding. I am not great either but I love the thrill. The important thing is you look good out there, the rest will come with time…hahaha. The chairlift is tricky if you have not done it before but that gets better quick. Also, if you are just starting out, snowboarding will make you sweat from all the extra movement you have to do and plus, it is hard work walking around with all that skii crap on you. It will be even more fun when you go back.

    January 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Shannon

    Hey, atleast you looked cute while falling! :)

    January 4, 2010 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Milltini

    Haha! I am so scared to try snowboarding–good for you!! Its all about style, my dear, and you my snowboarding look fabulous ;-)

    January 4, 2010 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Oblivion

    Awesome. My wife and I went for the first time Christmas Eve Eve. We had a blast as well, coincidental to spending a fair amount of time on our butts.

    I’m going again this Wednesday. :D

    I’ll chalk it up as cross-training.

    January 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Andrea

    Awesome job! Keep at it; you’ll be pro in no time!

    -Andrea @

    January 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply liane

    Oh, the chair lift… it is not my friend either. I’ve never been able to master it, and once, my friend actually managed to get her snowboard all tangled up getting on the lift that they had to stop it for over 10 minutes to untangle her and get her on the chair.
    Good times!

    January 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm
  • Reply Kirby @ Good Gals Inc

    You look great!!! I’ve never been snownboarding or anything! I bet I’d never make it an inch without busting my ass! As always, I love your videos!

    January 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm
  • Reply carpeviam

    Good for you! I’m a skier, myself. Tried snowboarding years back, but it was too frustrating after years of skiing. I grew tired of my body jarring with every fall. Oh well. Looks like you had fun!

    January 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    sounds like a blast! My hubby is a snowboarder and I am a skier. The one and only time I tried snowboarding I fell more times than my whole life combined on skis. I was told that broken wrists are the most common injury and to fall “superman style.” Oooh… that smooshed the “girls” but I didn’t hurt my wrist. It was pretty funny to watch me fall forward with my arms over my head.

    I have heard that the learning curve on snowboarding is pretty quick, so next time you should be cruising down the slope.

    thanks for sharing.

    January 5, 2010 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Morgan

    LMAO! Oh I remember how much I suck at boarding everytime I go and have to start the process of relearning it… at least you made the most of it and lived to tell! Good job! :)

    January 5, 2010 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Lisa

    Sounds like you already accomplished your goal of getting out and trying new things! I’ve skiied before (wow, can’t believe it’s been 8 years!), but I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to try snowboarding.

    January 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Caroline

    haha great job! I love snowboarding! Always wears me out, so I know exactly how you feel, you get quite the exercise! I’m always sore the next day

    January 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    you are such a cute lil snowboarder! i love te chuckling in all the videos! you crack me up! good job d!!!

    January 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Glenn Jones

    OMG. At least I’m better than you at *smething*. Next time you goup just remember three words: “heel to toe”. Weight on your heels until the edge catches then relax. The edge will release. Then roll your weight to your toes and your front edge will catch. If you don’t turn at least you’ll be great entertainment for everyone watching.

    January 6, 2010 at 1:32 pm
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