Noob!
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roninzero
December 22, 2006
Member since 12/22/2006 🔗
1 posts
Hi I'm Candace! I am new to skiing and snowboarding I have never tried it before. If you guys could please help me find a resort that is close and that is really Noob friendly that would be great.
bawalker
December 22, 2006
Member since 12/1/2003 🔗
1,547 posts
Hey Candace, welcome to the world of snow addiction. Everyone else here will be slightly politically correct calling it a joy of the winter, but really we are die hard snow addicts that when we don't get it at winter, we go into withdrawl. lol

If you are looking to learn to snowboard, you can goto numerous resorts in the area all within a 3 hour drive of where you are at. First could be Whitetail. Take 270 out of DC then take 70 West until you see signs for Whitetail in PA.

Secondly would be to take 66 west into West Virginia (past my hometown here) and head to Canaan Valley or timberline.

Thirdly would be to take I-270 to I-70 and then I-68 and follow the signs to Wisp ski resort in Maryland.
Roy
December 24, 2006
Member since 01/11/2000 🔗
609 posts
New blood and the skiers and boarders are fighting for which side to join!

If you want to learn to SKI, you can still go to any of the places bawalker suggested. Go to the resort profiles section of DC Ski for more info on the resorts. The Map section will help you better understand the locations also.

Since you have never been before, can I ask why you want to learn? I'm a former instructor and this was the question I always asked noobs.
tempfishnski
December 24, 2006
Member since 09/16/2006 🔗
66 posts
You trying to get some Nooby Baywalker?
comprex
January 12, 2007
Member since 04/11/2003 🔗
1,326 posts
Quote:

I'm a former instructor




???? Wot's this "former" business?
Crush
January 12, 2007
Member since 03/21/2004 🔗
1,000 posts
pm me ... 'nuff said. I know that you know. Think G-Force. Or more . Did E. suggest this or are you indie?
your friend in Park City.
GaryEsq
January 14, 2007
Member since 12/20/2005 🔗
54 posts
I'm a snowboarding instructor at Wisp....I think its a great beginner resort, and luckily we still have some snow left. PM me if you need more info, or if you ever make it to Wisp just ask for Gary S. Good luck!
bawalker
January 14, 2007
Member since 12/1/2003 🔗
1,547 posts
Gary - Great to hear from someone on staff at Wisp. How long have you been teaching boarding there. For some reason that name rings a bell, but I could be wrong. Last year when I took skiing lessons (first time ever) I had this guy who was an excellent teacher who moved to the McHenry area a few years ago and was a former/is school teacher.

Does Wisp offer advanced snowboarding lessons? The reason I ask is because currently I handle all greens perfectly. In fact one of my favorites is "The Wisp Trail" where "Road Runner" intersects and there is a blue level drop off. I love hitting that and making a big GS style turn in it. Anyhow trails like Muskrat, Boulder Run, Ace's Run, Down Under, etc have allowed me to learn and handle myself on those in varied conditions pretty well.

But when it comes to trails like Squirrel Cage, Odin's Chute, etc I ride them and find myself edging down. I think I'm trying to force the turns too much or being to 'heavy' on my feet by really pushing hard into and forcing the turn. I'd like to take some lessons on how to handle such blacks with much more ease than I do.

Brad
GaryEsq
January 14, 2007
Member since 12/20/2005 🔗
54 posts
Quote:

Gary - Great to hear from someone on staff at Wisp. How long have you been teaching boarding there. For some reason that name rings a bell, but I could be wrong. Last year when I took skiing lessons (first time ever) I had this guy who was an excellent teacher who moved to the McHenry area a few years ago and was a former/is school teacher.

Does Wisp offer advanced snowboarding lessons? The reason I ask is because currently I handle all greens perfectly. In fact one of my favorites is "The Wisp Trail" where "Road Runner" intersects and there is a blue level drop off. I love hitting that and making a big GS style turn in it. Anyhow trails like Muskrat, Boulder Run, Ace's Run, Down Under, etc have allowed me to learn and handle myself on those in varied conditions pretty well.

But when it comes to trails like Squirrel Cage, Odin's Chute, etc I ride them and find myself edging down. I think I'm trying to force the turns too much or being to 'heavy' on my feet by really pushing hard into and forcing the turn. I'd like to take some lessons on how to handle such blacks with much more ease than I do.

Brad




Hey Brad! def should sound familiar...I was SWPA Snowboarder, but changed the name since I moved to MD. Great to hear from you as well! This is my first year at Wisp...if you want we should arrange a private sometime, I def could help you making turns on the steeper terrain. Just off the top of my head, I'm thinking there may be some stance issues I'd like to check out (like sometimes we forget to keep our shoulders parallel, or sit back too much, and fail to "finish the turn" esp on the toe side which results in relying too much on the heal edge...I know some drills to break that). Also I'd like to make sure you're turning via twisting the board, as opposed to a straight weight transfer. Yes, we do offer advanced lessons, in fact we LOVE them since 99.9% are never evers. Let me know the next time your planning on coming up, looks like they'll be able to blow starting tues, so wed night an on should be better conditions.
bawalker
January 14, 2007
Member since 12/1/2003 🔗
1,547 posts
Thanks for the advice on boarding. I was looking at (in)Accuweather and it's forecasting temps to not make it out of the low 30s and teen/single digit nighttime low temps. If this is the case I'm hoping to maybe make it up next week when the guns are firing full force and a few whales are able to made on some of the blacks. Anyway I'm pretty sure I have a stance issue because after a few runs of 'Wisp Trail' I find my back leg (right side - normal stance) getting jittery and shakey as if I had run a marathon. Almost to the point that leg gets exhausted way too quickly. As for turning, I have caught myself numerous times not finishing out the toe side turn and have to tell myself to do that.
Crush
January 14, 2007
Member since 03/21/2004 🔗
1,000 posts
uuuhhhhh ... duuuuuhhh . isn't it funny Candy has no comment on your advice? guess we lost another one ... or not?
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