Is it necessary to take further lessons once you have mastered the basics of snowboarding? Ski Club’s Sophie Mead went to The Snow Centre to find out
If it is possible to master linking turns in two lessons, the rest must all just be practice, right? Wrong. After a two-week break, I returned to the slopes for my level 4 lesson and everything I learned in lesson 2 had disappeared from my memory. This is clear evidence that when you are at the learning stage, you need to keep lessons regular and consistent.
My fellow learners had various levels of experience: for some, it had been months since their last lesson and for others, it had been a few weeks. My previous lesson was the most recent and even I had no idea what I was doing, so we duly returned to practising our S-shaped turns on the learner slope. There would be no immediate jump to the big slope it seemed… and we watched the other riders carve up the piste while we piled on to the magic carpet to continue practising.
Following our recap of linking turns, our instructor Joe wanted to make absolutely sure we had them nailed down, so we lapped the learning slope until we had proved we could do it. Even though we were impatient to try the main slope, it was important that Joe put us through our paces. Not only did it build our confidence, but it ensured that we could demonstrate control.