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2 Easy Guides On How to Learn To Ski And Snowboard

2 Easy Guides On How to Learn To Ski And Snowboard

If you are brand new to skiing and snowboarding, have never tried to ski or snowboard and are intending to try them out now, then prepare yourself for some initial challenges. The reality of learning how to ski and snowboard is that even the most gifted athlete has a tough time in the beginning. You will fall many times in the beginning, and might even get hurt a little bit with some cuts and bruises.

If you are trying to choose between one or the other, there is a general criticism that most people discover in their experience with the snow. That is, skiing is not difficult to learn, however it is difficult to master, while snowboarding is more difficult to learn, but easier to master.

In addition, with skiing, beginner techniques can be disintegrated into the modular approach, but perfection requires you to become highly technical.

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With snowboarding, beginner techniques are placed at the edges (both heels and toes). As most snowboarders will tell you, this is the hardest part, but once this is mastered, you can reach a pretty impressive level very quickly with snowboarding, especially if you are bold.

One of the most valuable advice to have in the back of your mind when learning how to ski and snowboard, is that no matter how hard both of them can be, there is still a lot of fun to be had with both. You just need a lot of endurance and continued practice to perfect your skills. For you to be a professional in skiing and snowboarding you have to learn from a good instructor, but there are a few ways that you can learn the slopes on your own too.

How to Ski

1. It’s All About Body Position

Skiing is achieved with a straightforward, straight-on stance. The beginner skier has complete use of their vision (especially with goggles on) and have a clearer idea of where they are going as well as everything that might be in front of them. On the other hand, snowboarding positions are from the side, so the beginner skier will have less use of their vision, only seeing around 50% of what is in front of them while traveling down the hills. This can also take a little bit of getting used to for the beginner skier.

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Learn the skills slowly and gradually. You have to build your foundation. At the start of your practice, you might find yourself surrounded by lots of kids younger than you that are also trying to learn the slopes, but this is only temporary. Once your foundation is built, you will be successful in addressing the major slopes with confidence and ease. Learning to properly balance your body is the first major step.

2. Overall Fitness

Cycling a form of exercise that is SnowSkool recommended, especially for skiers, because it strengthens the possibility of the legs, but has less impact than running on the knees and joints. General exercise for strengthening your legs will also help in your ability to handle skiing. This is also a great tip that can be carried over to snowboarding.

If you want to be a good skier or snowboarder, you must be fit in order to be able to properly do the sport. Overall fitness will aid you in both, but if you are looking for a more targeted experience, skiing asks more of you from your legs, while snowboarding needs more core energy. The upper body is more utilized due to the turning and balance involved in skiing. For more tips on snowboarding, continue reading below.

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How to Snowboard

1. Follow the Powder

Ice should always be avoided. Ice is either the result of artificial snow made by a snow cannon or the result of snow when it hasn’t snowed in a while. Either way, ice makes it difficult to maintain control while snowboarding. You will learn quickly, that powder is what you’d prefer to snowboard on. As soon as you can make turns, you’ll understand why. It allows you to make weightless bends as if you were surfing. It turns little spring beds and gullies into mile-long half channels.

2. Avoid Learning in “Boilerplate” Conditions

Learning to ride in hard, icy conditions may be a rite of passage in certain parts of the world, but it’s also mostly avoidable, depending on the time of day and the time of year. For example, once spring conditions arrive and snow melts in the afternoon and refreezes at night, wait to begin your lessons/practice until the afternoon when snow lowers. If it’s the middle of winter and there’s been no new snow for three weeks, plan to visit the hill the next time there’s fresh snow to make snowboarding easier.

An important part of your progression is keeping yourself knowledgeable about weather conditions. Access the weather report before you head up to the mountain to snowboard.

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However, take some time to excel at it. You will be rewarded with a delicious experience after you have learned all that you need to know.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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