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.

Our family had gone to Glen Eden last year to go snow tubing, which is crazy fun, but since my disasterous ski day, I haven’t attempted going down a hill standing up.

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.

Robin Going Up The Conveyer Belt

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*

Oh no! Ha! Totally messing with you. Robin staged this shot.

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.

I’m in.


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Sharon DeVellis is a mother, wife and writer who can uncork a wine bottle in less than 10 seconds but buys twist-offs for emergencies. She’s currently in therapy to stop talking about herself in third person.
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  5. Louise says:

    So glad you had fun Sharon!! Keep on it next season, you were so good! Teaching you ladies was a hoot! :D

  6. Sara says:

    Awesome! I planned to learn to ski this winter with my 3yo and 5yo because I figured we all have the same levels of athleticism but pregnancy thwarted that plan. I just hope I can keep up with their 4 and 6 year old selves next year on the slopes.

  7. I love how adventurous you are! I want to be you when I grow up. LOL!

  8. Krista House says:

    Wow, good for you! I use to be a ski instructor in my younger and more hip life, so about 10 years ago I thought I would try out this snowboarding fad. *snort* I totally sucked at it. I fell. I mean I fell… a lot. My pride was bruised… a lot. I ended up really hurting my wrists with all the falls so as soon as the lesson ended I headed for some apres-falling-on-butt drinks. I haven’t tried it since.

  9. Good for you! Hurtling myself down a steep hill has never appealed to me, I must say. But I admire those who can do it :) You totally are my hero for going outside your comfort zone

  10. Steve Kubien says:

    “You’re a better man than I”, as the saying goes. There are two parts of me which will keep me off the slopes with any sort of forestry product strapped to my feet… The first is my left knee, which I have injured numerous times and I’d like to keep what cartiledge I have left. The second is my right knee which currently has all of its cartiledge, and I would like to keep it that way.

    Besides, no one is swinging a sword at your head while snowboarding, right? Where’s the fun in that?

    P.S. You look fast, even in still pictures. :)

  11. Give it up….you’ll only end up hurting yourself. The falls from snowboarding are much more brutal than on two planks do to the fact you can’t counter balance the fall and your upper torso accelerates towards the impact. I tried it for 4 years while the little ones were learning to ski. It’s fine on the bunny slopes, after that you better have your health ins in order. Not to mention torquing you knee in every lift line. Optimistically yours:-)

  12. Caroline says:

    Awesome!! I’m glad you enjoyed yourselves. And laughed. A lot. I did say a sense of humour was needed :). I’m still laughing at myself. So when are we going together???

  13. Kaari Cox says:

    Cool! I’m so glad it went well. Gee, I’d love to try it, too, but, um, we’re forecast to have temps in the 60′s and even 70 this week, so the snow is melting…yeah, that’s it…

  14. Alison says:

    Beautiful blue sky, decent snow and cheerleader Robin looked like it made for a great day! I never did board and gave up alpine two years ago, but I still love to get outside on that kind of day for [what my son calls] extreme snowshoeing!

  15. Kat says:

    Congratulations! I’m a lapsed skier and a bit afraid of having a board strapped onto my feet. We’ll see how brave I am next time the snow falls.

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