That Time I Tried to Snowboard

juju mountain korea

I’m not athletic. Shocker. I never did sports long term growing up even though I tried handfuls of them. Instead, I stuck to less physically dangerous and socially humiliating activities. But even though I’m not the best at sports, I love to be outside and active. I love kayaking, scuba diving and running (sometimes). With that being said, there are just some things are not for me and my athletically challenged body. Take for instance, snowboarding. Hubs loves it, and really wants me to love it too so we can go together. And just for that cuteness factor I have tried it out once before and told him that I would continue to try until I spent more time riding than falling. So, this last weekend we headed up to the near mountain of Muju to enjoy a weekend with friends and for me to attempt to board again. Even though the last time I tried boarding didn’t go so great (maybe bruises and pain are just a given?) I was determined to try again. Try again I did but I didn’t quite make it to the succeed part. Almost to the end of the hill on my first run, I fell so hard on my lower back that I had all the symptoms of a concussion (headache, blurry vision, nausea, dizziness) not to mention not being able to walk upright which pretty much made it look like I had to pee really bad. So I was officially out for the next two days. I’m honestly really bummed that I couldn’t be up there on the slopes with hubs but at the same time I’m glad that he was able to go a lot without me holding him back. Because let’s face it, I’m a slow learner. Obviously. But I’m also thankful that I literally had to push him out the door in order to go back and snowboard without me. He’s a keeper.

The group minus me because I was back at the room resting my bum
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Our friend found us a pretty great place to stay at too. Tucked on the side of one of the many mountains is Ecoville. A series of wooden loft condos complete with kitchens, balconies, and great views of the the surrounding mountaintops. We crammed seven people into this one bed getaway but thankfully there were plenty of extra floor mats (got to love Korean style) and blankets to go around. If you’re planning a trip up to Muju, I would highly recommend this place which even includes a cozy great room with a large fireplace to de-thaw after a day on the slopes. The manager there is also quite possibly one of the nicest managers I have ever met in Korea. His English is excellent and he loves to strike up a conversation with anyone who walks through the door. It’s a great place to stay whether you’re wanting to be action packed for the weekend or prefer a romantic getaway.

Oh and even though I got banged up pretty bad (this is my opinion since I’m a woos when it comes to injuries) I really want to go try again. Maybe I’ll always have the eight year olds passing me on the slopes and I’ll always walk away with bruises and ego scars but for the minute or so that I actually know what I’m doing, it’s pretty fun.

  • themosbysinchina

    Aww! So sorry that you got hurt! That Eco lodge looks awesome. It looks like something you’d stay in in the States!! I’ve always wanted to try snowboarding! It looks so much harder than skiing though! Way to go for trying, trying again and wanting to try again! :)

    • lost in travels

      still a little sore but it’s getting better everyday! i’m horrible with patience. and i must say, the eco lodge was the most westernized place we’ve stayed in korea, got top marks in my book!

  • blm

    very neat! i’m living in northern japan and not sure i’ll ever work up the guts to try skiing/snowboarding around here. too many broken bones this season already!

    • lost in travels

      oh man i bet! i’ve heard the slopes in japan are amazing, i would love to go but i think i need more practice : )

  • Rachel

    I can barely ski so I’ve never tried snowboarding. Good for you, though. I’m sure I’d get bruised up too! :)


    • lost in travels

      i’ve wanted to ski lately because i’ve ‘heard’ it’s easier but i still don’t think i would be able to do it. i’ll give it another go but if it’s still a dud i may just have to take up knitting instead : )

  • Jessi Francis

    Basically everything you said in this post describes me and has happened to me as well! :)

    • lost in travels

      oh no! hope you didn’t get banged up too badly!

  • Rachel

    I am not athletic at all either–but I think trying snowboarding would be fun. Maybe I need just a little hill, though.

    • lost in travels

      we would be perfect to go together! i need smaller hills, my husband always just takes me to the top of the blue and pushes me down (in a loving ‘this is the best way to learn’ sort of way of course : )

  • Sarah

    I never learned to ski/snowboard, and I have always wished I had. My son is in lessons this winter, and I think “I could do this…” then wonder how long I’d be in traction. :) I love your blog! Discovered your corner of the blogosphere through the hop…and am glad to be following along on your journey!

    • lost in travels

      i always think the same when the kids are whipping past me, like why is this so hard for me to learn! glad you stopped by!!

  • CC

    The last time I was on any kind of board it was a longboard, and I got a scab right where my leg connects to my ass. Everything I did for the next two weeks was a little more painful. I decided after that extreme sports are just not for me, haha. Good for you for sticking to it!!

    • lost in travels

      oh man! that sounds uncomfortable! i once had to have stitches right there and it was sore for a month!

  • Kotryna Bass

    u guys rock!
    I’ve never tried snowboarding, but it looks like so much fun. i promise i’ll live closer to the mountains someday!

    • lost in travels

      awe thanks! i’m glad you think so!haha. hopefully one day i’ll be able to board well so we can go more. it’s definitely a plus to live closer, back in the states we were a good nine hours away from mountains!

  • My Thrifty Chic

    Looks like you had fun even though you’re not going to be the next Shawn White. I have tried snowboarding a handful of times, I even have my own board. But the last time I went (early twenties) I fell so hard on my face, right under the chair lift and people were about to jump off to help me. I take coordination to an all time low. Needless to say I took up less athletic hobbies, like knitting :)

    • lost in travels

      haha i’m fine with that! i just want to be able to go down without falling! and that sounds awful! i have to admit, getting off the chairlift is one of the scariest things! i’m always afraid i’ll do just that! maybe i’ll just knit by the fire while my husband boards : )

  • Gina Gao

    I’ve always wanted to snowboard, but I’ve never gotten a chance to.

    • lost in travels

      you should! make sure you have a good teacher though, i tried once years back and got no where because the teacher just kept saying ‘do it again’ and wouldn’t answer my questions of ‘what do i do!?’

  • emi

    so fun! love hitting the slopes for a fun ski // snowboard day!

    • lost in travels

      I agree! I just wish that I was able to enjoy it a little longer!