Snowboarding 101 at Devil’s Head Resort (Wisconsin)

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Hello friend,

Sorry it’s been a while since I posted. I’m happy to be in the new year and be given the opportunity to start a new hobby! My husband has always had a knack for very random things (like billiards, tennis, and guitar), and snowboarding happens to be one of them. He has had his own board and gear for a while, so we decided to make the investment for me because apparently, it pays for itself within ten or so snowboarding trips… and I plan on going a lot!

We first visited Dick’s for some snowpants, and in the end, bought a snowboard. I really liked having my own stuff from the onset, a sort of emotional attachment, the idea that I’m growing with Delilah, my snowboard. I’m looking forward to many more trips with Witness and Delilah. Perhaps we’ll even get to visit a real mountain one day… one day!

For equipment, here’s what we bought:
Burton Genie Board – $170 at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Geneva, IL
Burton Citizen Bindings – $90 at Dick’s
Burton Mint Snowboots – $150 at Dick’s
Columbia Women’s Snowpants – $70 at Dick’s
Dakine Women’s Camino Mitts – $21 at 20% at Wildside in Wisconsin ( THEY HAVE AMAZING SERVICE!)
Missing Channel Inserts – $30 installation at Wildside

The missing channel inserts were due to Dick’s Sporting Goods not having the inserts attached to the new board. It’s usually in a 3-inch by 2-inch plastic bag attached with a sticky adhesive to the back of the board. Apparently, this is a common occurrence amongst Dick’s Sporting Goods and their boards, so make sure you ask the store manager about it or order through Burton (for free) in advance. We paid $30 for the inserts and installation because we were going snowboarding the following day.

In total, we spent around $531 on my snowboarding gear that’ll be used for years to come. It wasn’t a bad deal!

The Resort
We went to Devil’s Head Resort in Merrimac, WI. It was about a three hour drive from the Northwestern suburbs of Illinois. The lift ticket was about $50 for 8 hours, $108 for the both of us… I kind of wished we hadn’t spent the $54 for me, since I spent half the day on the bunny hill. There was also a sale going on Liftopia for 2 days at Devil’s Head for $60. We only went on Saturday though.

Witness was my teacher for the day, and he was an amazingly patient one as I slowly realized that learning something new is difficult, frustrating, and incredibly painful. I think my greatest injuries were from getting up from my knees and falling (very hard) on my bum. Two days later, I’m still sore from four hours of snowboarding. I spent two hours on the bunny hill which consisted of two moving walkways and 2 semi-steep hills. Many children and novice snowboarders/skiers stayed in this area. We even saw a little child with a pacifier and her mother. Devil’s Head staff were also giving some lessons for $30/1.5hr. I liked this area because I could easily see the end of the hill, and it felt like something I would be able to complete on my own.

Through all the falling, I learned that I’m better on my toes than on my heels, so somehow I learned the opposite way than what most begin with. Overall, it was a frustrating, rewarding, and exciting experience. I’m looking forward to our next trip sometime in February to learn the other half of snowboarding, haha. Two more purchases we’ll make are some butt padding and knee pads. I look forward to the day I’ll be able to go down a black diamond on my own!

I hope this was an entertaining and informative read for you. Share with me your first snowboarding or skiing experiences! Let’s learn together 🙂





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