Hitting the Slopes for a Snowboarding Date

It’s a new year and a great opportunity to take a risk and try new things.

For years Adam has wanted to take me on a snowboarding date. While he is a proficient snowboarder, I have never tried the sport. As a child I was an avid skier, but something about strapping both my feet onto a board has always made me nervous. Recently however, we rented a chalet with some friends and decided to make a date of learning to snowboard.

We both woke up nervous. I was nervous about learning and scared that I was going to get hurt, or worse, make a fool out of myself. Adam was nervous about teaching me – as much as he used to snowboard, he hasn’t been on a board himself in years. The last time he tried to teach me something – to drive a stick shift – it didn’t go so well. For those of you who are curious, I still cannot drive our car with a standard transmission.

Despite the butterflies we bundled up, rented boards and hit the slopes – and by slopes I mean the bunny hill. To prevent a possible divorce, I purchased a beginner lesson and within no time I was riding the magic carpet up the bunny hill. I was terrified. I know the hill is small and is only a moderate incline but once I got to the top it seemed huge. To make matters worse, it was obvious that no one on the bunny hill had any control over what they were doing. Perhaps I had made a huge mistake.

I practiced a few drills and fell A LOT, but each time Adam was there to help me up, offer some tips and most importantly, positive encouragement. Learning to snowboard is difficult – by lunch my muscles were sore and my tailbone ached from falling – but that being said, we couldn’t stop smiling. By the end of the day I could get down the bunny hill and while I wouldn’t use the word graceful, at least I could do it without falling.

Our snowboarding date was a success! We had a lot of fun together. Adam was patient, encouraging and never left my side. We laughed together when I’d wipe out and high five each other when I made a correct turn without falling. Making it down the hill for the first time was an an incredible “I-cannot-believe-I-just-did-that” endorphin rush. It was awesome to share that experience with my husband.

Whether you’re an accomplished snowboarder, or it’s your first time trying the sport, make a snowboarding date. It is an adrenaline pumping sport; not to mention the physical activity and crisp fresh air are great for your health.

Trying something new is never easy. It takes a brave person to step out of his/her comfort zone, but the rewards can certainly pay off. Take a risk and try something new on your next date. You never know, you may end up with a new activity that you and your partner can enjoy together.

Pro Tips

  • Offer lots and lots of encouragement. Trying something new, and sucking at it, can be discouraging. Staying positive will help your partner persevere.
  • Get professional help! Learn how to do it properly the first time. It may cost you a bit more, but you’ll pick up the sport much quicker. It can also prevent possible arguments with your partner!
  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew. While snowboarding is a fun sport, it can also be a dangerous one. No one will be impressed if you showoff, fall and end up in the hospital.
  • Don’t give up. It’s going to be hard and frustrating (and painful!) at times, but if you stick with it, hopefully your hard work will pay off.

Are you a snowboarder? Would you ever teach your partner to snowboard? Have you ever taught your partner a new activity? How did it go? What new activities would you like to try?

Ashley and her husband blog about their dates at Never a Dull Date.  For more fun and unique date ideas visit www.neveradulldate.com

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