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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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Ah, snow...

Posted 02-10-2014 at 04:55 PM by Donutz
Updated 02-10-2014 at 08:31 PM by Donutz

I got up sometime in the middle of the night last night and checked outside. Sure enough, snow on the ground! It had turned to rain and melted the snow by morning, but really I don't give a crap whether we get snow at city level. The important thing is that the mountains are getting snow.

I drove up to Seymour today. I guess I could have technically gone to Cypress as this isn't a weekend, but I wanted to see what they'd done with Mushroom. Answer: not a bunch. They put a second jump just before the drop-off, which was really great, but there wasn't any more hardware anywhere in there. Still, I'll take the second jump!

I started the day doing a couple of runs off the Mystery chair, getting a shot at that nice fresh stuff before the madding crowds come in and mess it up. Managed 4-5 runs before things started to get crowded with ski schools and such, then retired to the park.

I'm definitely getting the jumping thing, especially with tucks. Haven't quite managed a grab yet, but I'm close. I'm also doing the extension from transition properly now, so getting good air, and not speed-checking as much so knuckling isn't an issue. Granted this is on small jumps, but maybe the bigger ones on Cypress will be available this week.

In other news, my board/bindings issues continue. I'm having a lot of trouble getting and keeping my new NX2's adjusted. Not happy at all with them so far. I'm actually seriously thinking of putting the Targas back on the Proto. Yeesh. As for the Proto, I'm generally quite happy with it, but I have to admit the Heritage is better in chopped-up conditions. With the flexibility and lightness of the Proto, it will bounce over the bumps, while the Heritage just cuts right through them. I like bringing both boards, but I think I've settled on the Proto as my default board.

My new gloves continue to delight. The snow today turned to sleet partway through the morning, so it was a very wet Donutz by the end of today's session -- except for my hands, which were still dry and warm. Woot!

Boots definitely are easier to deal with since I discovered that pull-tab on the inner laces.

And lastly, I discovered a really good reason for replaceable lenses on the Airbrakes. Not just for changing light conditions, you can also change your lens when it gets too wet -- as long as you have a similarly appropriate one for the conditions. Meanwhile the first one dries out in the car.

So nothing spectacular or memorable really happened today. Just a nice thank-god-we-finally-have-some-snow day.
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