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Snowboarding club intended for beginners, experts alike

By Lyberty Peterson
On November 27, 2011

Snowboarding season is back, and the club has come together for another year of fresh powder.

So far this season there are 35 people who have joined the club, and it's still growing every day. The number of new people isn't a huge surprise because the club is very cost effective.

"We only charge $3," said co-captain Spencer Finch, a sophomore engineering major from St. George. "We order cards that will get the members into the resorts we go to, and there's different deals on the back of the cards that each member gets in stores like Zumiez. The only other thing to pay for is food and sometimes gas money."

Though the club is cheap, the snowboards themselves can be extremely expensive. Finch said it's not hard to find a nice used one for around $300. And that $300 can be a great investment if the buyer finds a lot of enjoyment in the sport.

This year the club is going to, of course, Brian Head. But they are adding in some resorts that are farther north. Places like Brighton and Snowbird are on their list to visit. As a club, they plan on going snowboarding four times this year, but they won't be competing.

Finch said a no competition season can be nice. It makes it so anyone can join the club—even people who have never gone snowboarding before.

"Anyone can join, beginners through advanced," Finch said. "The members who are really good can go up and do their own thing, but we'll put the beginners in smaller groups and send someone with them to show them what to do."

Snowboarding can be really hard and painful to learn at first. There are plenty of opportunities to crash, tip over and injure yourself, but if you can stick with it, it'll end up being worth it in the end, said co-captain Carson Ence, a freshman biology major from St. George.

"Those first three days of crashing are horrible," Ence said. "I did not like my first three days, but it's all about getting out of your comfort zone and trying new fun things."

His co-captain agreed.

"The hardest part is learning how to keep your balance and not fall on your butt," Finch said.

This comfort zone seems to be a popular idea between the two captains. Finch said it's best to try to challenge yourself, and it brings a great adrenaline rush.

"My favorite part, I would say, is the progression of it, getting better at it: the jumps, the flips, things like that," Ence said.

Finch said jumps and flips can be hard to land without a lot of experience. It can even be hard to just balance on the board itself. And through all this "adrenaline rush" and "breaking your comfort zone" there's bound to be plenty of injuries.

"Things get broken like the collar bone, shoulders, and of course the arms and legs," Ence said.

Snowboarding can be dangerous, but the co-captains said the snow is soft, and they have no problem showing their club members what and what not to do. 


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