Bloody cheek getting in the way of my shot just because you need to pay at the till lol!
Perhaps misguidedly I seem to have decided to start off by attempting to become Lara Croft! I had thought more like travel more and maybe do some cookery courses but after a vague conversation about snowboarding, I booked myself some lessons. Prior to the first lesson I was excited as I had no idea of the fear I would be experiencing. I probably should mention at this point that even my driving lessons terrified me, I was pretty good at them and I forced myself to do them as obviously driving is a necessity these days but I would arrive home shaking and sweating even weeks after passing my test! It's totally irrational and now I love my car and I love driving! Since I know that I have to make myself do things like this I am literally forcing myself to go through with these lessons, I passed Level 1 at the snow centre in Hemel Hempstead last week and today passed my Level 2 class. http://www.thesnowcentre.com/ My instructor today was so nice to me which was good as I was the only girl and felt a bit like I was slowing the other guys down, just googled and found this video of him so if you go and are a total uncool girl like me then definitely ask if Kris is available as he is very patient even when I am sure I was being a total plank.
I'm no expert so here's some tips from one newbie to another:
As a beginner you will spend a lot of time falling or sitting on your bum, so invest in a decent pair of waterproof trousers, Bench have an ebay shop and I got some nice navy ones for around £35. I would say rent your clothes but it costs £6.50 each time so you might as well get some on ebay if you definitely think you will be doing more lessons or snowboarding.
You might not need as many layers as you think if you are learning inside at a snowdome type place like me, I was sweating hot both times, I think I will just wear a vest and hoodie next time underneath my waterproof jacket.
Buy the gloves and socks at the Snow Centre, they were deffo cheaper than a lot other ones I found online.
Try to distract yourself with silly thoughts when you are over-thinking what to do so you calm down, when I was laughing I did so much better than when I was trying to concentrate too much.
Wear a headband under the helmet, if you're like me your hair will get so sweaty and it's horrible.
Anyway I shall let you know how I get on with other levels. I am feeling quite chuffed right now but also totally exhausted (and bruised)!