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Learning to Snowboard was ALOT harder than i pre-empted. When we arrived in Zell we got settled into Der Wildbackhof which was a lovely friendly place to stay (http://www.wildbachhof.at/) i particularly enjoyed their complimentary breakfasts and trust me before a day of boarding you NEED it lol i was a bit shocked that they served bread buns and meat/cheese for breakfast though but apparently that's completely normal in Austria, i wasn't complaining, i needed all the energy i could get!
My first day snowboarding was tough, we rented all our stuff from Intersport and it was all in good condition, the snowboard school was a short walk uphill which sounds easy enough...but in my snowboard gear i felt like a snowman! Padding ahoy lol it was difficult to walk in snowboard boots (i didn't rent the boots they were mine, i think it's advisable to have your own as the wrong boots can cause severe problems as my friend found out with plenty of blisters to add to the collage of bruises you get on your legs but you really do need yoru feet in good condition for boarding or you'll bail out with discomfort which alot of people in my class did!).
I wont lie...i didn't take to snowboarding like a duck to water, i fell over...alot! But when i got my centre i was ok and actually flew through the turns and falling leaf techniques pretty easily, the first lesson was mostly just about standing up though! By the end of 3 days lessons and then going off with Danny after for extra practice and to enjoy the higher up slopes my legs were literally black and blue and in agony! But it was worth it and for some reason you can just blank it out and throw yourself into it when you get past the fear of faceplanting the ice, it winds you pretty bad especially if you're a girl and you land on your chest but after a sit and a look at the view you recover pretty quickly.
After about the second day of lessons i'd got to grips with staying on my feet and picking up a bit of speed and being able to stop so we explored more of the slopes, there's some really good ones including one that went into a trail over a bridge and down by the back of our hostel! Pretty handy! lol If you kept on the trail though it carried on all the way down to the top of town which was the back of Intersport which is also pretty handy if you're staying in town but you can just leave your board on one of the stands if you're brave and trusting enough to and walk around town but i wouldnt reccommend that with acheing feet in snowboard boots, it's cramp haven! ^_^
On my final day of lessons i had an accident, it was really poor visibility so our instructor took us on an advanced slope with sleightly more visibility but not really much more! I was terrified! As soon as you tipped the board you picked up immense speed far too quickly and because it was foggy i kept panicking so he stayed with me and guided us scaredycats down (me and the Aussie haha) because of the rubbish visibility though a skiier came right into us and sent us all flying down the slope a ways, when you have a bad fall on a board it's worse than on skiis because your feet stay on the board and dont detatch no matter what direction they go in so you get pretty badly twisted up and with two other boards flying through the air we all would up with injuries, the Aussie came off the worse and i think the shock of it stopped him snowboarding for the rest of his stay which was a shame, his girlfriend started lessons with us though and dropped out on the first day so i guess at least she got him back! lol Me and Will came off scraped and bruised and i got a head injury from his board because he grabbed me on his way down to try and control the situation so for the rest of the holiday i had a lovely big graze on my head which lasted about 2 weeks into coming home too lol ^_^ war wound! I lived, i dont fancy boarding in low visibility on an advanced slope again though!