See that picture? I look happy, right? Fake smile. I’m actually petrified that I’m about to try snowboarding for the first time.
It all started when my friend Robin (@ShopWithRobin on Twitter) and I went out for lunch and she suggested we go for a snowboarding lesson up at Glen Eden which is only a hop, skip and a jump away from where we live. What sounds fun and adventerous while eating pad thai and mango salad quickly becomes “what the hell was I thinking” when you’re about to go up a hill on a giant conveyor belt with a board strapped to your feet.
Robin is an avid skiier so I let her take the reins when we got to Glen Eden. After getting our equipment and yes, the nice gentleman, i.e. man boy, in the rental room had to do up my boots for me, we were off to the hill.
Our instructor, Louise, has been snowboarding for 15 years. She was super friendly and had a great no-nonsense way about her which I loved. If I’m going to be flying down a hill on a board, I want someone who will teach me the basics that will keep me safe. And she did, literally holding our hands as she taught us how to put on the snowboard, walk with one foot strapped in, ride the conveyer belt to the top of the hill, and how to go forwards, backwards, stop and turn — all in one hour.
In what can only be described as me being a delusional force to be reckoned with, I actually didn’t think we’d be going all the way to the top of the hill. In my head we were only going to walk up about 20 feet and slide down and do that over and over again. But to the top we went, riding a conveyer belt to get there. I found getting off the conveyer belt the most difficult part of the process and did many a slow motion falls, laughing the entire time.
What can you expect when you go snowboarding?
Expect to use muscles you haven’t used in awhile. Even though I am out on speed skates two or more times a week, my legs were sore by the end of our one hour session. You can also expect to fall (wear butt padding), smile, feel invigorated and laugh, a lot.
In terms of difficulty, on a scale of one to ten, I found snowboarding to be about a six. It was challenging but actually quite easy to learn. And this is coming from someone who’s not particularly coordinated. So if you’ve ever thought about trying it, I’d say go for it but definitely invest in a private lesson to learn the basics.
A big kudos needs to given to our instructor, Louise. By the end of the lesson, she had us going down the hill without falling and being able to control our speed and direction which is way more than I expected. It says a lot about her teaching ability and patience. Also, how awesome Robin and I are. *high fives*
I left the slopes feeling incredibly proud for conquering my fear and learning something new. Not only that but my super sporty, coordinated husband was feeling a bit jealous of my adventure and he now wants to go back as a family.