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Learning to snowboard in Sälen, Sweden

Learning to snowboard has been on my bucket list for years and years, but I’ve never really gotten around to it. Always when I go up skiing (admittedly that doesn’t happen too often) I stick to my skis as I know how to work them, and how to get down the slope somewhat gracefully. I’ve never had the guts to rent a snowboard and give it a go. But this year I did. I went up to Sälen with my family and our family friends for four days of skiing, (and snowboarding!!), amazing food, great company, and that cozy winter feeling.

10I’m not much of a winter person to be honest, I’d prefer a sunny and warm vacation over a cold and snowy one any day. But I have to admit, there is something special about renting a cabin, walking in the snow, drinking hot chocolate, and skiing down slopes. During later years I’ve grown more and more fond of it and I’m actually looking forward to next winter and driving up north again.

Now, the first time you ever stand on a snowboard will most likely not be easy. I spend the majority of the time falling during my first day (and second to be honest). It’s very different than skiing, but in my opinion, so much more fun!

IMG_7967I never got past the simplest of children’s slopes, but I did manage to master it pretty well after a couple of days of practice! I learned together with my best friend, and I probably wouldn’t have rented a snowboard at all if I had to do it all by myself, but learning with a friend was so much fun! We didn’t have any instructors or take any classes, (although the people managing the lift were very helpful – thank you!). We though we could do it all on our own and with a how hard can it be attitude we headed to the slope – as it turns out, it was very hard!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetIn retrospect we probably would have benefited from some sort of instructions, even taking a half-day lesson being thought the basic would have helped. But we did learn! After a couple of days of practice, we did manage to get down the children’s slope and look pretty cool doing it.

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Next year I’ll definitely be renting a snowboard again and keep working on my skills! I will also have a real pair of winter gloves and some sort of cushion for my ass if I’m gonna keep falling.

Anyway, snowboarding has long been on my bucket list and I can finally cross it off! I wouldn’t say that I learned to snowboard, or that I’m even a little bit good at it. But I tried, I got down the slope, and I survived to tell the tale. Good enough.

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