Today’s reader question:
How much will lessons affect my learning speed? How many lessons would it take to go from total beginner to being able to ride most runs solo?
Honestly, lessons are basically the best investment ever when you’re a beginner. You could do it yourself without lesson but honestly those first few lessons are 100% worth the price.
How fast do you learn with/without lessons?
If you were a beginner and wanting to get up to the level where you can ride blue level runs on the ski slopes:
- With lessons = 1 to 3 days of instruction
- Without lessons (by yourself) = 1 week+
Lessons will speed up your learning speed insane amounts during the early stages of snowboarding. They are easily worth the cost as long as you get a good instructor.
This is because those core basics are the trickiest to learn. You’re learning entirely new concepts such as ‘using an edge’ and ‘driving turns with your knees’ which is why lessons are so effective at this stage.
When do lessons becomes ineffective?
I’d say roughly around the point when you’ve mastered 540 spins and basic basic tricks is when lessons start to be less useful. This is because most tricks from this point onwards are using skills you already know or are executed by combining previously learnt techniques.
Let’s face it, 9 out of 10 people out there will not reach that level in their snowboarding. That level of snowboard ability takes a long time to reach for most. This means for the vast majority, lessons will always be effective.
Heck, even after reaching a high skill level, you can still improve if you find a high level instructor or if you skipped certain areas in your snowboard progression.
At the end of the day, your beginner stages are the best time to be spending money on lessons because it’s almost guaranteed you’ll increase your learning speed by 5-10 times.
ps: You might be interested in this blog on ‘How to pick a good snowboard instructor so your lessons don’t suck‘.