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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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Second Day

Posted 01-26-2014 at 04:48 PM by Donutz

Today was a Cypress day. I kind of decided last minute that I would go to Cypress today instead of Seymour, mainly because the snowmaking has given Cypress a better base. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to get the February shuttle bus pass so I can get to Cypress during my two weeks off. A monthly shuttle pass costs $67 with taxes, after the discount for having a season's pass. That's basically three and a bit rides to break even, and I'm planning on trying for 9 or 10 days during my vaca. That will also pay off the seasons pass which requires 5 times up to break even.

Anyway, the day started out kind of cursed, and I was half thinking I was going to end up breaking my back or something equally negatively karmic. For starters, getting ready in the morning just turned into a total shit-fest trying to find everything (I really have to get the snow-sports bins organized). Then when I left, I realized about a block away that I had forgotten my phone. So, back and get it. Then I got on the freeway going the wrong way (they've been doing a lot of new construction, the signs are all changed, and it's a mess). Trouble is, that put me over the Port Mann bridge (toll) then I had to turn around in Surrey and come back (toll). So that's $12 and I haven't even got to the goddam mountain yet! At this point I told myself that if just one more thing goes wrong I'm going home and hiding under the bed .

Fortunately the gods seemed to have gotten their giggles for the day and nothing else untoward happened. I actually got to Cypress in pretty good time overall (allowing for recent events). I think on an early weekend morning I could depend on a 40 minute drive. That's acceptable.

Cypress was not busy the whole morning. I don't think I ever had to wait more than 3-4 chairs to get on a lift, and I had a chair to myself about half the time. Conditions were pretty sketchy. A lot of crust and barely-covered crust. I butt-planted several times when my board just simply lost grip on a heelside, and on one blue run I simply slid a couple hundred yards because there was just nothing to grip onto. On the other hand, where the snow had been properly scraped and crushed down to snowcones it was only moderately crappy.

I was hoping to get an opportunity to try out the beginner park (Stomping Ground), and was visualizing what they had last year when I was there with Timmytard and the crew. Unfortunately the park crew have had to improvise a little with the lack of snow, and the beginner park ended up being down by the bottom of the lifts, and not very inspiring. I did a couple of boxes just because, but there was nothing like a jump. On the other hand , the park up near the top of Eagle Express (Skate Park) had a couple of nice mid-sized jumps. Unfortunately the park crew was working on them the whole morning (trying to scrape some of the ice to produce ersatz snow, I think). Noted however for vaca time.

I checked out the two green beginner runs, Collins and Runway, with an eye for how they'd do for the family. Pretty sure wife and daughter will be thrilled with them.

Anyway, I did some basic downhill stuff and actually spent some time working on switch. I'm going to try to get good with that as early as possible this year (which is not very ). A little bit after lunch my legs started to give out. I'm afraid I'm not in very good condition this year, but then I knew that. Plus the short lineups and quick lifts meant not a lot of time to rest.

So I guess we're going to start the slow process of moving our home mountain from Seymour to Cypress.
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    Now that you are warmed up...come down and we will blaze the groomers. Wrath
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