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2 week solo snowboarding - what would you do

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I've got 2 weeks in February and no one to go away with. This is pretty usual. I'm 43 and married to a snow objector, and the mates I used to go away with are all settled down and ski-ing en famile.

So it's go alone or go nowhere.

2 weeks solo boarding doesn't appeal so I'm going to sign up for an improver/advanced type course. I don't really need lessons - not that there's no room for improvement (there's always that), just that what I need most of all is solid time on the snow. The attraction of a course is to be riding every day with a group of snowboarders rather than skiers. (Skiers are lovely but it's a different pace - they like to cover new ground and I like to session the same slope a few times, find the fun bits and fall over a bit. After doing most of my snow time for the last 7 years with skiers, I know my piste speed has improved but my fun skills have atrophied.

I'm looking at two options:

Option 1: 2 week all mountain snowboard improver course in Fernie with NonStopSnow
Option 2: 1 week free ride course in Morzine with Mint then Geneva->Munich->Selva to spend a week with skiing friends. Option 2 is about £500 cheaper

Which would you do?
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Go on the Pre-Birthday Bash and the Birthday Bash.
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Option 3: Learn to ski Toofy Grin Toofy Grin Toofy Grin
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brokenbetty, either opt. 2 or as SnoodlesMcFlude, says - either of these seem more suited to you.

Personally out of your options I'd go 1.

I did 2 weeks solo 5 years ago, as SWMBO had broken her ankle and wasn't even able to fly, so she sent me off alone Toofy Grin

I did 2 weeks in Utah - well a week and drove to Jackson and had a week there. A place she never even wanted to go so gave me the chance Smile One of the best weeks I'd had tbh, rarely skied alone and met some great guys in a bar there the first night. To the extent we have somewhere to stay in Jackson any time - we've been back now a couple of times since and SWMBO has realised she doesn't mind the place really. Heading back there again this season during the trip Madeye-Smiley
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
the 'Circle of Shred' is a 'google hangout' group of boarders who hang out at the Manchester snow dome. Maybe join their hangout group and see if any similar boarders are in the same boat?
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tried skiing - too many moving parts.

Actually the Birthday Bash would be just the right week. Do many snowboarders go?
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I'd do @SnoodlesMcFlude's idea! You will have a better time on those two bashes than you would doing anything else - guaranteed.

Yes there are snowboarders that go.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Oh yes, there's enough of us snowboarders to make our presence felt... It's all very very welcoming actually! Do it! Very Happy
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@brokenbetty, I would say Fernie jumps out of the page there if you want improve with a group rather than clock up the mileage.
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I've done a few solo trips (and rather enjoy solo travel). Put a few words together here a couple of years ago: http://www.luex.com/magazine/2015/08/17/best-trips-for-solo-ski-and-snowboarder-travellers/

Honestly if you can swing Japan, staying somewhere like BD Lodge is absolutely ideal. There are a couple of Euro ideas in that article too.
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Most people on the Bashes are single. If the timing works, that's the best option, even if you have a week on your own somewhere before or after.
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are the courses both full days or half? I think I'd prefer learning environment just in the morning and free skiing or boarding in the afternoon

Fernie sounds cool and there's no travelling in the middle

But both options sound great to me
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Will the snow objector like some days in Vancouver? Whistler may be an option for you (not sure what your budget is) ... You can join one of the clinics there .... and Whistler has a lot to offer for someone that doesn't ski or board.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
@brokenbetty, Do either of the courses come with your own room? That would be the deciding factor for me...
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Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
martinm wrote:
Option 3: Learn to ski Toofy Grin Toofy Grin Toofy Grin


Aww beat me to it Laughing
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Right I am going to the Bash! 1 week in Arabba meeting Snowheads and rising above the ski/snowboard snark NehNeh followed by a week with the ladies in Selva. Might do Fernie in 2019...
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@brokenbetty, every snowHead is special... even the snowBoarders Wink

There is, as you suspect, always a little ski-snowboard banter but as a model of re-assurance, Harrison the Rabbit is a snowBoarder whose circumstances, when he discovered snowHeads, almost exactly mirrored yours. The 6th Birthday Bash was his first bash and he's done no less than 31 since Shocked
So either the banter's not so bad or he's inhumanly resilient Wink
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