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andrea
post Nov 25 2006, 03:08 PM
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We are thinking about going out to Edmonton during Xmas break to see my grandma. Since we're out there, we also thought we should get in some snowboarding. We'll only have a few days (maybe 3) to spend snowboarding. Where would be a great place to go to hit the mountains not TOO far from Edmonton?

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post Nov 25 2006, 04:08 PM
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Jasper! It is only about 3 hours away and it is so loaded with natural beauty. It is not as tourist or expensive as Banff. Yay! So you will be dropping in for a visit at Chez Carmella?


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post Nov 25 2006, 05:40 PM
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We haven't set anything in stone yet but will let you know for sure if we're in your neck of the woods!

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post Nov 28 2006, 07:46 AM
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Hey Carm,

Are the runs really challenging in Jasper, or are there some beginner ones as well?? I'm interested in trying snowboarding, but don't want to get in over my head on the first run!


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post Nov 28 2006, 12:48 PM
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There is skiing for everyone! You can even take lessons smile.gif Here is a major ski destination for you to check

Marmot

Known for its lack of crowds and all-natural snow, this resort is easily accessible from Jasper, less than a 20-minute drive away. It has just added a new chair lift, opening up 20 more runs as a result, for a grand total of 73. That greatly increases the 1000-acre terrain the resort previously covered. Skiers of all skill levels are easily accommodated on both trails and bowls. Snowboarders are also welcomed to the slopes, and buses regularly shuttle skiers from the hotels to the ski resort (for a fee).


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post Nov 30 2006, 08:22 PM
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QUOTE(Jessica_CDN @ Nov 28 2006, 12:46 PM) *

Hey Carm,

Are the runs really challenging in Jasper, or are there some beginner ones as well?? I'm interested in trying snowboarding, but don't want to get in over my head on the first run!



I would definitely recommend lessons! It a challenge to learn but once you get the hang of it, it's a blast! Allow yourself a good three lesson on your butt before you ge too frustrated!

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post Nov 30 2006, 11:07 PM
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Is snowboarding harder than skiing?


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post Dec 1 2006, 08:37 AM
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I think snowboarding is easier than skiing, but only in the right conditions, otherwise it's harder.

On powdery downhill slopes snowboarding is fantastic, but if there are flat runs or if it's icy then I hate snowboarding.

I quite like cross country skiiing, but I hate if I'm snowboarding getting to a long, flat bit... because I start thinking 'if I fall over then I'm going to have to take off my snowboard and walk all the way to the lift which is going to suck... so I'd better not fall over...' and then of course do fall over because I'm thinking about it, and then curse as I trudge along carrying my board while the skiiers glide around me.

And for snowboarding, bum padded pants and helmets are essential because you're going to spend time on the ground, which can be a pain.

Ideally, I'd snowboard all the time. But I ski when conditions aren't ideal, which is a lot of the time, at least in Australia!


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post Dec 4 2006, 03:37 PM
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QUOTE(whereshegoes @ Nov 30 2006, 11:07 PM) *

Is snowboarding harder than skiing?


I have been skiiing since about 4 years of age. I learned to ride a board when I was 18, spent a year and half riding Alberta hills all the time and got my level high enough to teach with the help of many people riding with me! I found getting on a board was such a weird feeling at first! It just felt all wrong, but sticking with it was a good idea, and eventually it became as second nature as skiiing, altho I found that it took alot less time for me to reach a fairly decent level snowboarding then it did for skiing. I find that both can be challenging in different ways. I much prefer the board to the skiis now.
Jasper is my absolute favourite!


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