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Hey Guys .. Its early ... but would like to have things in place already. Anyone out there who would like to take snowboarding lessons this winter. Also any suggestions where would be the ideal place for such a camp would be really helpful. Preferably the ones that wont break my wallet ...
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For very best value, contact The Ski Company in Greenwich. They do school trips, but often have spare capacity for adults at really low prices. They own a chalet in Torgon which is part of the huge Portes du Soleil area, and it is right next to the slope. Excellent board and boot hire, and work closely with the ski/snowboarding school. They also do weeks in Saas Grund, Leysin, Arolla and Crans Montana, as well as Haute Nendaz (4 Valleys/Verbier). If you can be flexible with dates, ask them if they can tell you when they've got 'fillers' (eg spare capacity at very low cost).
Talk to Gerry (the owner) or Becky or Ollie. Look them up on FB. I have used this Company for about 15 years now, both with school groups, young people and adults, and they are brilliant and best value possible. Explain you don't need transport as you are already in CH.

www.skicompany.net
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Re: Snowboarding this Winter

Go to Laax (connected to Davos) take some lessons on a mountain with Crap in it's actual name (seriously it's not a joke).
Go to the Crap Bar (again, not a joke).
Stay at the Riders Palace and enjoy pretending to be a border.
http://www.riderspalace.ch/#/de/home/

I learnt there, up on Crap Sogn Gion. The instructers there were very cool, very young, very sexy.... [sigh] and the Riders Palace is really a lot of fun - good place to go if you're 1) a lot younger than me and 2) have no kids.
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Re: Snowboarding this Winter

Thank you guys .... Any more suggestions .. Also is there something i could do rightaway to prepare myself for snowboarding ? Any physical trainings etc .. Does skateboarding help ?
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With all the groups I've taken, all ages, the skateboarders are the ones who picked it up quickest- because of balance and the feel for edges (surfers too).
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Re: Snowboarding this Winter

Howdy All,

Planning to take some snowboarding lessons starting December. Anybody/ Group out there having the same idea whom i can join???

Gruss
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Re: Snowboarding this Winter

Anyone !!!
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Well I'm not interested in the lessons but I am looking for some people to snowboard with this winter
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Hi Medster, i'm in Winterthur too and looking for snowboarding buddies - drop me a PM when you're looking to go
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Hey Guys .. Its early ... but would like to have things in place already. Anyone out there who would like to take snowboarding lessons this winter. Also any suggestions where would be the ideal place for such a camp would be really helpful. Preferably the ones that wont break my wallet ...
Hello Stealth,

I started snowboarding last winter and would like to join you if you find a group or a camp.

I would prefer to start in December over weekends .

Gruss

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Re: Snowboarding this Winter

For a cheap way to get into skiing or snowboarding I would recommend staying for a week with UCPA in Chamonix.

http://www.ucpa-vacances.com/

or you can use an English company called action outdoors to book:

http://www.action-outdoors.co.uk/default.aspx

The price is around 500 euros for a week which includes your hostel style accommodation, all your food for the week, lift passes for the week, ski or snowboard and boots for the week, and full time instruction for the week. The instructors are French but speak English.

You should be fairly autonomous on a snowboard within a few days, so after a week you will be ready to go by yourself to your local mountain.
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Re: Snowboarding this Winter

Hey Gareth,

The links are amazing. Have you any feedback for me.
Is it as good as they show on the website?
Which is the best slope you recommend from the list there?


Thanks
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Re: Snowboarding this Winter

Hey Stealth,

I haven't used UCPA, although a colleague has. She went Kite-surfing with them and said it was very good. They have been around for years.

I just thought it was very good value for money considering that you don't actually have to spend anything else.

Chamonix is about the closest French resort to Switzerland and although it is not as suited to beginners as other resorts it doesn't really matter as the slope difficulty is not so important.

If you are going to start learning then ideally you want to be in a group and also be going regularly, which is why I think starting out with a whole week would be great.

If you can't manage a whole week then try and get a few days of lessons taken together.

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Thank you guys .... Any more suggestions .. Also is there something i could do rightaway to prepare myself for snowboarding ? Any physical trainings etc .. Does skateboarding help ?

I'd train the legs!
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Hey Gareth,

The links are amazing. Have you any feedback for me.
Is it as good as they show on the website?
Which is the best slope you recommend from the list there?
UCPA operate in most/many French resorts, and the packages they offer are hard to beat, usually including full board (packed sandwich lunch, basic evening meal), kit rental (clothing, boots, skis/boards), group instruction and lift pass. Stayed with them in Flaine a couple of times, where they were the only way we could get a room for just a long weekend, and their price for all that was barely more than just buying a full-price liftpass for the same period.

We just used them as B&B, having our own kit and preferring to eat out, but even so it represented amazing value for money.

I'd be a little cautious about the level of instruction provided, though, as I believe their instructors only have to be qualified as moniteurs nationals, which is a more basic level than they'd need to work in a proper ski school. Doesn't mean they're not good, but they _may_ not be.
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I'd train the legs!
Especially the calves. And strenghten your ankles and your hips. A good balance might also help you to relieve the start.
But do not train to intensely because the stiffness after the first day on the board will be a remarkable experience!
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