When referring to winter activities, it’s like you have to pick a side… skiing or snowboarding? Well, I’ve tried both now and snowboarding definitely picked me.

A year ago I learned to ski. I’m severely pigeon-toed and have weak joints so naturally, skiing sucked. I always pizza’d no matter how hard I tried to french fry. Anyways, a year later I got to try snowboarding. Even though most people say snowboarding is a lot harder to learn than skiing, I felt the opposite.

Tanner brought me to Arapahoe Basin, close to his usual spot at Keystone. I rented some snowboarding gear from Happy Sport Ski Rental in Parker, and we headed to the mountain early Sunday morning.

I was nervous heading to the mountain– probably because I was on my way toward possible broken limbs if I sucked. Luckily, we were all smiles when we reached the mountain because the weather was beautiful! Nature’s the best.

When Tanner and I were on the mountain, he only took me on green runs (the easiest ones) so I wouldn’t get frustrated. Good thing he knows me (/my temper) so well. He taught me how to slow down, ride toe-side/heel-side, and snowboard in the shape of an S. I also learned how to avoid falling by staying off the wrong edges of the board (sometimes). He thought I was great for my first day but I’m definitely hurting now.

My attitude toward learning– I can usually pick up any task fairly quickly. My trick to trying something new is thinking that anything is easy because other people can do it. So, each time I struggled or fell, I thought of all the X-Games athletes who started their sport careers later in life, or the 3-year old on a snowboard zooming past me while I sit on my butt in the snow. I knew it would keep getting better if I kept trying!

Positivity + A Realistic Idea of How Painful Learning is (+ a really cute instructor 😉) = A Successful Day of Learning. Plus, it’s cool bc Tanner and I can be a snowboarder couple now!!

Until we conquer another mountain!


2 thoughts

  1. So what did you do differently 🤔 because my fiancé has pigeon toe and she tried snowboarding (prior to meeting me who loves snowboarding) and couldn’t find her balance and what not. I thought trying to get her skiing since she’s only tried (emphasis on tried) water skiing, could work so we can be on the mountain together instead of me going alone.


    1. Being strapped in I was able to set my bindings to what was comfortable on the snowboard when standing. Snowboarding requires more of a weight shift to the front and back of board rather than altering your direction per foot!


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