Geeeeeeees! Snowboarding can't be that hard!
here I was, winter of 2012/2013, 52 years old, hadn't skied in over
15-20 years, that I could remember anyway, and figured it was about
time I started again, cause what is life if you're not having fun? I
so stuff was bought and plans were made. It's all kind of fuzzy
at this point, cause it's almost a year later, but let's try to piece it
Apparently I got this brilliant idea somewhere in January of 2013, cause my first records indicate I was up at SkiBrule,
February 5th and 6th. Why February? I guess cause we didn't
really get much snow early in the winter. So, loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly...
ah... no... drove up to SkiBrule
the weather was promising for a ski excursion... :) And after a
six hour drive... I drove by Brule when I got there... yes! Well,
ok, so it's not Colorado, but it looked good!
After stopping at the hill, I continued on to Iron River, which is about 5-10 minutes from Brule. I was staying at the Lakeshore Motel, on Ice Lake.
The next day I got myself back to Brule, and needless to say I still remembered how to ski and had a blast for two days.
For some reason I had also grown a beard that winter, which I hadn't done for years, but it came in handy.
On the third day I figured
as long as I'm up here, why not take the extra hour drive over to
Indianhead? Hadn't been there for probably 30 years, when I was there with some college friends... wow.
snow was pretty good. Some icy spots on the open runs... but going up on the lift a couple times I saw a guy go
off to the side. It turned out to be closed run.
I followed him and turns out you could ski almost all
the way down, in some lightly tracked powder,
and then cut back over through the trees to get to the lift...
I drove back to my motel, slept the night, and drove back home.
now, my 17 year old daughter gets the idea that I need to take her
snowboarding. Sure, why not, I'll go skiing, her and the friend
can rent some boards, and we'll have a great time... Right, this is
where it starts getting funny... You want to laugh? Take two
teenage girls who don't know what they're doing on a board, boarding...
even on the bunny hill they couldn't stay off their butts. Couldn't keep their pants up either... Hah! Here they are at
Wilmot Mountain... Right... is that some Yoga before the official
went on for a while... actually there was more breaks and eating then there was boarding...
while I skied. Then apparently they had if figured out and were
ready for up the chairlift and down the easy hill... Of course they
didn't make it off the chairlift before falling, and let's just say it
took a while for them to make it down the hill. Did I mention it was a
beautiful sunny day, February 9th.
I do mean a while... zzzzzzzzzzz... of course the whole time I'm trying
to give them some pointers, cause I watched a YouTube video on how to
snowboard. Actually I think I got Krystal to watch it, but it didn't do much good... or maybe that came later... anyway...
I'm thinking to myself, it can't be that hard...
to say, they were done before I was... but I couldn't get it out of my
head that it just can't be that hard. There was a lot of people
on snowboards sitting around the hill... yes, apparently that's what
snowboarders do... sit in the snow... because apparently it's
impossible to put your board on while you're standing, and/or stay in
I came back to Wilmot on the 17th. While there, I talked to a couple boarders on the chairlift, both of
which had been skiers, and said they would probably never go back to
skiing... Hmmmmm... really? It looked like fun... and it can't be
as hard as the girls made it look... so...
24th rolled around and I was back at Wilmot. I brought my skis, but
here I was, staring down a rental board on the bunny hill... This
should be good huh?
So, how was I going to teach myself to snowboard? I came prepared. I did my research... I watched this video on YouTube ; How to Snowboard, the Definitive Guide. I watched it again and again, and I took notes.
think I'm joking? Some 30+ years ago I leaned how to ski by reading a
book and practicing what I read. I perfected my motorcycle riding by
reading books and practicing what I read. I saw snowboarding as no
different. So, I watched that video, I took notes, and I went and
practiced. The video is old as dirt, but it covers the main points of
what you need to start riding a board. It's that simple... yeah there
are a dozens other boarding videos on YouTube, and books you can get, etc... but if
you can do what's in that video, you are there.
did I do? Well, I spent the whole day going down and walking up
that bunny hill (tow
rope lines were too long) . Oh, and I slid and slipped
and fell a LOT. All day! I started out with a jacket and
I took those off, cause it was warm in the sun, and I was working hard
and sweating my butt off. I paused occasionally to have some
water, mixed fruit/nuts, and to contemplate if I was crazy or what for
even attempting this... And I definitely considered walking away a
what my girlfriend said recently when she went boarding for the first
time. Nothing can prepare you for this, it is challenging, it is
humbling... Yup, that about sums it up... Doesn't matter if you water
ski, roller blade, skateboard,
surfboard... whatever... you're going to be falling all over the place
until you figure it out.
Get comfortable with that idea before you do anything else.
for me, by the end of the day, things started to click a bit, and I got
my butt up on the chairlift... promptly fell while getting off the
chairlift, picked myself up, and I made it down the easy hill. Oh
I think that same week I went over to Play it Again Sports, bought a used board on clearance, went back to www.galacticsnowsports.com to buy some boots, and I was hooked... Old Man Snowboarding!