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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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First Day

Posted 01-19-2014 at 06:03 PM by Donutz
Updated 01-19-2014 at 07:26 PM by Donutz

Finally, finally, finally. Up the mountain for snowboarding today. My season is now underway. It's a month and a half to two months late, depending on how I count it, so I think this season will probably replace last season as the one I whine about constantly. Oh well. Even bad snowboarding is better than no snowboarding.

The day started off a little rushed. I hadn't had time to do any prep last night, so I had to do all the running around and gathering stuff this morning before leaving. Just did a basic setup - no camera or special equipment, no packed lunch, no snax...

I left at 8, was up to the top of Seymour by just before 9. I was amazed at the number of cars parked along the side of the road (those are the back-country and snowshoers who don't pay for a ticket so can't park in the parking lot).

Anyway, snow coverage was sketchy -- lots and lots of bushes, twigs, rocks, and roped-off areas. And what snow we have was frozen crust, at least at the beginning of the day. A little cloud at the beginning of the day, which cleared up to give us blue skies and warm temps. I ended up changing into my lighter garb halfway through the morning as I was cooking in the standard wear.

All the lifts are open on Seymour, but nowhere near all the runs. Even the runs that are open have huge roped-off areas. Hope this improves, but right now doesn't look hopeful.

From a snowboarding point of view, it was an excellent day. I normally am a bit tentative and shaky my first time or two in a season, but in line with my new policy of being more aggressive I decided to just attack it. My dynamic riding came back pretty fast. I decided to continue working on rounding out my heelside turns as well -- something I decided late last season was an ongoing issue with my form. Besides trying to open up the heelside turn more, I realized today that I keep my weight too far forward on the heelside turn. On toeside I start shifted forward then quickly move my weight back to engage the whole edge, but on heelside I'm not doing it. So I worked on it a bit, and I'm making some progress. Needs more work before it becomes automatic.

For a wonder, Seymour has actually done a reasonable job of opening the Mushroom Bowl beginner park. They've got two ride-on boxes and a very low street-style rail, which I might even try in another trip or two. They also have a dance floor and a small (10-ft) jump. I spent considerable time hitting the jump and I was very happy to find that I got my form back right away. In previous seasons I've had some difficulty getting back into it the first time out.

All in all, very happy with the day. A good start to a bad season.

Some Equipment Notes

The new 32 Focus Boa boots are exactly as tight and hard to get into as I remember from last year. I guess I'd better get used to that, because once they're on they are a perfect boot. Absolutely no pressure points or rubbing spots or anything. I just hope they don't pack out and go to crap or something.

I didn't bring the new Proto HD today. I just KNEW the snow would be crud, and the last thing I want to do is ruin a new board the first time out.

I tried out the new North Face gloves today. It was way too hot for the liners, so I took those out. The glove still feels substantial without them, and I expect I'll probably only need the liners on the coldest days.

I wore my older green Special Blend jacket today. I've decided I'm going to cut out the wrist gators. They really are more of a PITA than they're worth.
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