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Cool The Perfect Crew

The perfect crew consists of 4 people, you and 3 friends.
Why 4 people? Here are a few of the main reasons to have 4:

-Most main chairlifts seat 4 people, and most secondary lifts seat 2 people. --You ensure that you'll always be chillin' with your crew after each run talking about that sweet powder you found or how you had an epic crash off the hollywood hit or scouting the next run or the best spot to film from or whatever.
-Also, that way you don't have to have that dumb skier from the singles line hop on your lift asking you to hold their poles while they clean their goggles, or scratching up your board on the ride up

What type of riders make up the perfect crew of 4? Well first off, everybody needs to be at least close to the same ability level. You can't have a newbie and an expert in the same crew, that just makes for an annoying and less fun day. This is what you want:

-#1 The guy who is just a little better than you. He tries more tricks, he bombs a little harder and faster. It also helps and is usually the case that he is a little bit crazy and for some reason everyone has more fun if he's around. He'll always push you to try something new or to go down something you probably wouldn't have gone down if you were riding solo (and that doesn't necessarily mean it's a harder run, just one off the beaten path or one that has some fun or different terrain). He usually knows the mountain pretty well.
-#2 You, you're good, but having someone a little better makes you want to try more stuff and hey, let's face it, you need some motivation sometimes
-#3 The guy who is not quite as good as you but is eager to learn and can keep up without slowing you down on any terrain. This guy is important because he makes you feel better about yourself, but in a good way. He makes you realize that you are pretty good and helps you appreciate where you used to be at with your riding. If anyone carries a backpack it's usually this guy (hopefully no one brings a backpack riding with them, yes they can come in handy and be quite practical, but unless you're in the backcountry or on a huge resort they're not really necessary, and for some reason they've been designated as "uncool" for the most part by the locals and veterans; but at least he can carry your camera and/or snacks). It's a huge bonus if this guy is a photographer or more interested in filming you than getting filmed himself.
-#4 A girl*. Who doesn't want a girl to ride in their crew? Especially if she can keep up! A girl isn't necessary, but she can add a totally new dimension to the crew. Obviously you'll go bigger and try harder because you want to impress her, and that will be good to help you improve...or possibly wreck yourself. If she is a photographer or down for taking your picture then you're sitting pretty. Girls usually aren't as good as the other guys in the group, which is fine because if they're willing to go out with your crew that usually means she is looking to improve her riding and that means that you'll have a chance to give her some pointers and feel important because a girl is paying attention to you. For some reason, riding with a girl makes it more fun (most of the time, sometimes though it's way better to just have a bro sesh). I've had the privilege of riding with some pretty legit girls and it has been way fun.
*if you can't find a girl, then bring along another bro to keep your crew at 4. Make sure he's around the same ability level as everyone else. All bros usually means gnarlier terrain and can often be more fun and/or progressive.

There you have it, the perfect crew. These are hard to come by, but if you can get a crew like this then you're riding will improve dramatically and your passion for the sport will be even stronger. If you can't get 3 other people at least try and find 1 person who you can always count on, who is just as enthusiastic as you. In my experience, I found the best people to ride with was while working at a ski resort teaching snowboarding lessons while going to college. All the other instructors were on or around my same riding level, they were all just as enthusiastic as me about riding, and when we weren't teaching we were always out on the mountain riding together and pushing each others' limits. Riding solo can be good at times, but a legit crew is always preferred, especially if you want to get better and progress.

Good luck, and remember the most important thing is to have fun
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