Guys - I recently learnt to snowboard. After years of being a very, very, very bad amateur skier (thats the worst kind of skier), I decided to try to improve my street (snow) cred, by learning to snowboard.
If snowboarding is on your bucket list also, here are my suggestions....
> GET PRIVATE LESSONS: No, its not cheap. No snow sport is. BUT it will fast track you to loving it quicker. I took 5 private lessons, and by the end was flying (albeit still falling in parts!) down the blue runs.
> DON'T WORRY ABOUT WHAT ANYONE THINKS OF YOU: Trying something new, especially something physical, can be absolutely daunting. But trust me when I say - absolutely NO ONE is looking at you. Here's a few reasons why:
1. The part of the mountain you will be on when you learn is where EVERYONE who is learning is.
2. Everyone who is learning is so shit scared of falling over, they are white knuckle focused on trying to not fall over themselves.
3. Snow gear is NOT like beach gear. You are covered head to toe, and the goggles cover your face to robbery proportions. Have an epic stack? Simply take your snow jacket off for apreś, and it could have been a totally different person - no one will know!
> WORK ON YOUR FITNESS BEFORE YOU GO: Let me tell you, from someone who tried snowboarding about 5 years ago as a very unfit person, and someone who tried it again recently as a much fitter person; it is MUCH easier & less tiring if you have a bit of fitness behind you. The constant falls, mean constant getting up... with the equivalent of an ironing board strapped to your feet, on a hill, in the snow. It takes core strength, and you will enjoy it much more if you have done a few weeks (three month is ideal) of constant core / cardio work in the lead up. (This may feel like a chore... But think about this; in 3 months, you will have a killer bod AND know how to snowboard.)
> BE PREPARED TO FAIL: And keep getting back up. This is snowboarding AND life advice. You're welcome.
> GETTING OFF THE LIFT: Is the hardest part of snowboarding. I stacked it no less then 70% of the time getting off the lifts..... I obviously did what any self respecting snowboarder did... Changed my jacket out for apreś!!
> STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW WE'RE HERE: I started on the Piou Piou slope - this is french for 'little bird', and it is where children around the average age of 4 learn. They were better in their second day then I will ever be (damn fearless little bastards!) - BUT my instructor DID award me with my very own Piou Piou medal for graduating from the kids slopes to the mountain, and my heart swelled with pride!
Thank you to the INCREDIBLE team at CLUB MED VALMOREL in the French Alps for allowing me to tick this off my bucket list & to Laurent my instructor, who didn't laugh (to my face) when I fell off the lift(s).
Whether its snowboarding or not - go, right now, and book a lesson for something you have wanted to tick off your bucket list. I promise you, putting a tick against your bucket list items is as motivating for you in your business as it is outside of it.
Snowboarding. Tick! - SWx
YOU CAN READ MORE about my Snow-Adventure on the blog at samanthawills.com : DESTINATION: FRENCH ALPS