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The Snow Centre - Learn Snowboard in a Day or Accelerator session

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The Snow Centre - Learn Snowboard in a Day or Accelerator session

 Poster: A snowHead
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Hi all,

I'm off to L2A in April, by myself,and will be staying in a UCPA centre - with 12 hours lessons for the whole week.
I'm thinking of learning teh basics before I go.
The nearest indoor snow is the one in Hemel Hempsted, they do a Learn snowboard in a day (levels 1-4) course (£159), which 5 hours on the slopes. They also do a 3 hour course accelerator course (levels 1-2) which costs £89.

What do you guys recommend I should do, (I've never set foot on a snowboard or ski before).
Has anyone done the two said courses, what did you think?

Thanks

sn00boarder Very Happy
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sn00boarder, welcome to snowheads. snowHead I think I'd do the shorter course, in your case. It'll give you a really good start without getting you too far ahead if the others in your group are total beginners.
It's cheaper than the full course, and when I did a similar all day course in Milton Keynes I was aching so much, a couple of days after (DOMS) that it was genuinely painful to prop myself up on an elbow in bed and reach for my glass of water. Laughing

Even 3 hours could leave you a bit stiff and sore, in part from the inevitable crashes and in part from the unaccustomed movements. So make sure you do it a couple of weeks before your holiday. Then do lot of stretching of all the bits that are stiff!

If you can, get wristguards and impact shorts. And this book/DVD is great

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Go-Snowboard-Neil-McNab/dp/1405315741/ref=sr_1_1?tag=amz07b-21&ie=UTF8&qid=1359191466&sr=8-1

Have fun snowHead
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What pam said Smile I haven't done it at hemel but the all day courses are pretty brutal, and not necessary given you'll be out with ucpa.
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sn00boarder, welcome to snowHeads, good pun on the name but hopefully not a n00b for much longer!! I have not done either of the courses but if you have never done any sports like this before go for the shorter one or you'll be too shattered to get home at the end of it.
Also another YES for impact shorts and wrist guards. Other half never boards without them. Having said that though, my other half is a massive wuss.
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Thanks all, for the suggestions, I think ill do the shorter course Very Happy

Any suggestions for wrist guards and impact shorts, i know the prices can be a bit high but dont want to spend too much.
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sn00boarder, Plenty of cheap alternatives for wrist guards and shorts on the well know internet tat bazaar - you should be able to source both and get change from £30.
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sn00boarder, have you looked at the Milton Keynes options too? One very good point in its favour is that MK has a travellator on the beginners slope wheras HH has a rope tow. This might not sound like a big deal but if you are doing a lot of short runs (which you will be) a travellator is a lot easier on the arms.
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sn00boarder, Plenty of cheap alternatives for wrist guards and shorts on the well know internet tat bazaar - you should be able to source both and get change from £30.


Any particular brand? or should i go for cheap and cheerful?

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sn00boarder, have you looked at the Milton Keynes options too?


MK is a bit further away from me, but i take your point Smile
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little ms spock, I couldn't deal with the tow rope. I just carried my board back up the slope after every run Wink
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Take a look at what decathlon have for wristguards etc if you are in london, they tend to be super cheap.
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Yes, Decathlon gear is very good value - can't really go wrong there.
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little ms spock wrote:
sn00boarder, have you looked at the Milton Keynes options too? One very good point in its favour is that MK has a travellator on the beginners slope wheras HH has a rope tow. This might not sound like a big deal but if you are doing a lot of short runs (which you will be) a travellator is a lot easier on the arms.


It's a really good point. I did the day course and yes, my body hurt from the boarding but it was really the pain from my arms from the rope tow that caused the most problems.
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sn00boarder, wrist guards aren't expensive - recommend the Red ones with protection over the back of the hand rather than a rigid bar along the palm. Can't comment on the impact shorts, never tried any.
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