Advice for a First-time Snowboarder

Going next week. I mostly want to get good fast and I'm totally OK with falling down in the snow... I think.
  1. It's initially hard to learn, but once you get the hang of it, it's exponentially easier.
    So you'll want to get as much riding in as possible.
    Suggested by   @Nicholas
  2. Speed is your friend
    It's really hard to turn if you don't have a little momentum; not dissimilar to riding a bike in that sense.
    Suggested by   @Nicholas
  3. Sit on the toilet, don't smell the pot
    What this means is you want to bend your knees a lot - like you're sitting on the toilet - but you don't want your upper body to lean forward to the point that your face/head are facing the ground.
    Suggested by   @Nicholas
  4. No fat girlfriends
    Your back arm (the one over whatever foot is uphill) is going to want to extend in order to balance yourself - sort of like you're wrapping your arm around a larger person - but this is ultimately a poor way to keep your balance. Instead, bend your knees. A lot.
    Suggested by   @Nicholas
  5. 60/40
    60 percent of your weight should be on your front foot, 40 percent in your back foot. This does not mean you want to lean your whole body over your front foot however. Your back foot is not your rudder - steer with your front foot.
    Suggested by   @Nicholas
  6. Invest in waterproof gloves
    Learning to snowboard involves A LOT of sitting in the snow and pushing yourself back up from a seated position. Your hands are going to be in the snow a lot.
    Suggested by   @Nicholas
  7. You're going to immediately fall down over and over until you don't.
    Suggested by   @dev
  8. Choosing your chairlift spot gets strategic
    I'm a regular (so my left foot is forward; goofy is the opposite) so I opt for the far right side. This way I have all the space I need to kick up my board and hold it with my right foot for the lift
    Suggested by   @betsey
  9. Fall backward, not forward.
    This just protects your wrists. You'll honestly fall down a lot less than you think (it's more likely you might "make" yourself fall down). Don't be afraid to practice on the bunny slopes!
    Suggested by   @GargiBera
  10. Getting off the chairlift is intimidating
    And sometimes difficult. Try to get your balance and stand up straight before you let go or push off. If you start to lose your balance, don't panic, and don't rush it.
    Suggested by   @cflayman
  11. Watch Aspen Extreme
    Suggested by   @b