At the start of the season I made a resolution that I would push myself in my snowboarding. I have been snowboarding since I was 15, but never joined a team, entered a competition or had anything to work towards other than having fun. While I have learned a lot and gained confidence riding with my friends, this winter I want to see real progression.
I have not taken a snowboard lesson in years. I am more than informed of the fantastic ski & snowboard school offered at Park City Mountain Resort, however in the past two seasons I have not taken part. This weekend that all changed.
I was going to take a snowboard lesson and no one could stop me. I found myself in a Level 2 snowboard lesson. Why would someone who has been riding over 10 years take a level 2 lesson you might ask? To learn how to ride switch! I went back to the basics, stepped outside my comfort zone and became a First Time lift riding, bruised knee beginner.
After my experience, I think we should all take the time to remember what it was like to be a beginner. Remember the sense of accomplishment you felt when successfully getting off a lift without falling. Remember when turning was a carefully thought out series of movements that took complete concentration. Remember when those funny arm movements helped you. Remember when every successful turn was a confidence booster.
So next time you see a beginner planted on the side of a run, or fall getting off a lift, remember that you too had to start somewhere. Maybe even offer to help them up and you'll convert a newbie into a snowsports enthusiast for life. And promise not to laugh when you see me practicing my switch riding and perfecting my funny arm movements that really do work!
Originally from the Pocono’s of Pennsylvania, Travis found his way to Park City three years ago and is now our grooming manager. When not in snowcat you can find him skiing or snowmobiling in the Utah backcountry or enjoying the skiing here at Park City Mountain Resort.
Nicole Roundy is a world class snowboarder on the US Paralympic Team. She is a cancer survivor, inspiration seeker, crossfit training, Park City riding superpower blogger. Follow her adventures right here. You can also spy her on twitter (@nicoleroundy) and Instragram (@nroundy)