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I am not a pro boarder. In fact I am a very late fan of the sport. This is more a diary than anything else, although comments and suggestions are appreciated. I'm going to try to keep track of how I do (and what I do) from season to season; what works and what fails; and how I improve over time.
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    2014 Summer Solstice

    Dude I like what you write. What is cypress though.
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    Posted 07-13-2014 at 11:30 PM by supertramp supertramp is offline
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    Double Meh

    I've since been to Cypress on weekends, and it's not that bad. Certainly nothing like Grouse! And with the corporate purchases that Timmytard sets up every year, (plus the fact that my daughter will be an adult this year so no more family pass) Cypress actually isn't going to be that much more expensive.
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    Posted 05-16-2014 at 12:39 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    That's much better

    On the subject of jumps -- a season and a half later, with a lot more practice on jumps, I'd have no problems at all with those two. It really is about desensitization.
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    Posted 05-12-2014 at 09:26 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    What a crap day!

    Oh, and just to give the dagger a little TWIST, the next 48 hours brought close to a meter of snow to all the lower mainland mountains.
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    Posted 02-19-2014 at 10:48 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    Second Day

    Now that you are warmed up...come down and we will blaze the groomers. Wrath
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    Posted 01-28-2014 at 06:24 AM by wrathfuldeity wrathfuldeity is offline
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    Maybe some hope?

    It's the 9th. It started snowing this morning and it's been lightly snowing all day. Not much accumulation, but on the other hand it's still going and not warming up. Snow prediction is looking good for the rest of the week.
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    Posted 12-09-2013 at 08:21 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    Awwww craaaaaaaaaap!

    Friggin' hell! The forecast on snow-forecast.com is changing almost hourly. Damifino what's going on, and it kind of looks like no-one else does either. Right now, we're seeing snow for several days (starting today) followed by a day or so of torrential rain. But yesterday we were showing freezing level dropping to street level, and now that's gone. !?!?!?!?
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    Posted 11-14-2013 at 02:24 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    Finally getting some

    It's Nov 2nd. The forecast website still shows a lot of snow coming up, but the Grouse Mtn website says it's three degrees and raining. This year is certainly the acid test for pre-season behavior. If we end up with anything like a normal season startup after this shitfest, then I will simply stop worrying about it in the future.
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    Posted 11-02-2013 at 10:47 AM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    Not looking good...

    As of today (24th), the freezing level is dropping on the 26th. Not to lift level yet, but a lot closer. Could finally be breaking.
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    Posted 10-24-2013 at 07:22 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    Not looking good...

    As of today (19th) the forecast is staying just under 4000m right out to the 24th. The whole province is under some kind of inversion which among other things is causing some incredible fog. People are calling this "Fogtober". Sure hope it breaks soon.
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    Posted 10-19-2013 at 12:05 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    2011-11-12 Finally snowfall!

    Actually, seems I can't remember that from year to year . Every October I get all bent out of shape about the slow pace of approaching winter. Just happened to be re-reading old blog posts and realized that this year is following the pattern in 2010.
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    Posted 10-14-2013 at 08:16 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
    Updated 05-19-2014 at 09:30 AM by Donutz
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    End of Season Redux

    Well, I've bought the Proto and I've set up the Targas on it. Initial impression is that it's a lot more flexible and lively than the Heritage -- which is what I was hoping.

    On the conditioning subject, I didn't go back to tramp lessons or set up a new balance beam, and I'm only just starting to run and work out again. Bad year for that, I'm afraid.
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    Posted 10-08-2013 at 02:21 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    Snow? SNOW!!!!????

    It's now the beginning of October and freezing levels are hovering around 1800m for the whole week. Starting to get seriously hopeful.
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    Posted 10-07-2013 at 04:39 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    Night Riding -- not my best subject

    That injury ended up sidelining my wife for 6 weeks. I explained to her about the cutoff rod at the top and she's decided that the next time someone falls in front of the lift she's just going to stay on the lift and kick the cutoff.
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    Posted 09-12-2013 at 10:46 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    2012-01-19 Still getting better

    It's interesting re-reading old entries. Don't realize how much I've progressed until I see some of the stuff I used to have problems with. Neat!
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    Posted 09-09-2013 at 05:27 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    2012-01-18 First time on Cypress

    The season after I wrote this, I went to Cypress again but this time with a couple of guys from the forum. Made a huge difference having someone who knows the mountain show you around. I discovered their beginner park, some tree runs, some lesser-known blues, some off-piste...

    Yeah, definitely better the second time around.
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    Posted 09-09-2013 at 05:24 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    Transfer from snowboarding.com (part 1)

    And snowboarding.com is now dead. No surprise.
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    Posted 09-07-2013 at 11:22 AM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    Goals

    Well, several years later, I've at least accomplished THIS list - including most of the moves on the video. Not nearly as stylish though.
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    Posted 04-21-2013 at 05:25 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    Wow

    Dynamic riding and C turns. Nailed? Not so much, on REAL blacks! Baker has taught me that.
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    Posted 03-22-2013 at 01:39 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    One Fine Day

    Found out the reason for the bruise on the tricep, because I did the same thing again. If I get off the Lodge chair late (usually to avoid someone who is drifting into my landing zone) the left edge of the chair is just the right height when it comes around to smack the back of my arm.
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    Posted 02-12-2013 at 03:04 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline

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