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Who We Are

Lauren Traub Teton

This website was started in April 2003 because of the isolation I felt as a "grown-up" snowboarder starting out. When I started to ride, I didn't know ANY snowboarders except the guy who would adjust the bindings on my rental board each week. I never dreamed I'd end up having this much fun in the snowboard world!

As a beginner, I had NO ONE to ask my (ridiculous? naive?) questions to.
Snowboard shops and staff intimidated me, especially the " 'core" shops. I didn't even understand most of the stuff I read in the magazines. Sometimes little kids wouldn't ride the lift with me. My clothes were probably wrong. I purchased a helmet which someone at snowboard camp later whispered to me was a "ski racer's helmet." I didn't know my way around the mountains, having never been a successful skier ( I did try many times to ski since I was a kid. The "ski bug" just never bit.) But I loved snowboarding and the challenge of learning and improving, enough to keep soldiering on.

When I was still a beginner, I went on a vacation trip to Whistler in my early days of snowboarding. Discussing the trail map with a kind mountain employee, because I wanted to avoid icy steep trails, he understood that I was a beginner, and he offered to let me borrow his private stash of snowboard knee pads and wrist guards. This was a LIGHT BULB moment for me. I wore the knee pads, and now could fall forward as I frequently did anyway, but for the first time, WITHOUT HURTING MYSELF.

EUREKA!

When I got home from my trip I outfitted myself with knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, skateboard impact shorts to protect the tailbone, and of course a helmet. (OK, maybe the elbow pads were overkill, but they were included in the Rollerblade set of pads, so I used them.)

I ride in the eastern U.S., where the snow can be hard-packed and icy. I was falling down a lot. Honestly, my learning curve for snowboarding was a lot longer than other people's, I think. Maybe because I wasn't a skier or skateboarder before, or maybe because I was old enough to want to avoid injury. But it certainly took me longer than the usually quoted "3 or 4 times" to get my board pointed down the hill. I stayed in "falling leaf" mode for weeks before that.

But I finally DID learn to snowboard.

Every little factoid that people who have grown up with winter sports already know, was a new discovery to me, and I usually had to unearth it on my own. I started this website with one article, because I wanted to share what I had figured out with other beginners. No need for them to keep reinventing the wheel when it's already been done. Lauren Teton Video Test - 53 MB

The first article that I posted, entitled "You Don't Have to Hurt Yourself to Snowboard" was the first page of this website, and remains on it to this day. You can also click "Secrets" on the nav bar to read it. It has been reprinted on over 150 or websites all over the internet. You can see in the photo there that the pads don't show once you're dressed.

Happily, now, I have a lot less questions, and a lot more friends in snowboarding.
I love riding as much as always, but now it's super fun and a lot less taxing on my body since I'm not falling all the time. I know how to get in shape for snowboarding. I know who's who in snowboarding,  to some extent. I've been going to snowboard camps  for years. And we cover lots of snowboard events each season.

At both places I've met a lot of pros whose pictures you'll find on the site. (Use the "Search" function that's in the black bar at the top of each page to find your favorite riders on our site. I've even had a snowboard fashion makeover.

And I figured out how to unpack the car after a snowboard roadtrip,1-2-3.

I still wear protective gear EVERY time I ride, including butt protection. I have found the best snowboard tailbone protection  and snowboard wrist guard on the market (and that's not just my opinion.)

And, unfortunately, I have learned the reality that snowboarding can be a dangerous sport, with the up-to-date listing of snowboard deaths  that  we keep each year on the site.
I also know how to wax and tune my snowboard and keep my snowboard safe on the hill.

Snowboarding, and writing my 4 snowboard websites  have given me the most fun I've had in my whole life. Just look at the list of snowboard events we've covered and photos of snowboard pro-riders we've met, on the site if you need proof. I hear nice things from many of my readers and that's very rewarding too!

If you'd like to share in my fun, and read my snowboard news and thoughts straight from the hills, sign up for the Snowboard Szine (say zeen) that I write.. Past issues posted here. 

Or if you're in the Northeastern US, keep up with events and fast breaking news on my East Coast snowboard blog "Snowboard Shorty." There's fresh worldwide snowboard news daily on the site too, on a live feed via RSS.

Most of all, enjoy your snowboarding,
Lauren

Lauren on Nastar course

Lauren learning slalom on the NASTAR
course at Whiteface Mountain, NY. Jan. '03

                  
(photo by Seth S. Patterson)

Lauren with one of her medals

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