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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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Up the Mountain 12-5-2010

Posted 12-06-2010 at 11:17 PM by Donutz

This post is for two days of boarding Ė Sunday 12/5 and Monday 12/6. I booked Monday off again, for another 3-day weekend. On Sunday I went up using transit, with the family joining me later. Transit takes about 2.5 hours total, including walking to the bus stop. So itís not very efficient. Or cheap. Itís $8 each way to go between Lonsdale Quay and Seymour. I have a monthly transit pass so that part is effectively free.

Sunday was a beautiful blue-sky day. It would have been perfect if the snow had been better. Unfortunately it hadnít snowed in a few days so the snow was hard-packed. Despite this, Seymour was incredibly crowded. I ended up spending a lot of time on the bunny slope, working on spins and butters and riding switch. Iíve got the ground spins basically locked. The riding switch is coming along nicely. The butters are more or less working, but I have a lot of trouble holding a straight line. Iím probably leaning and just not detecting it. Iíll try to do some work on buttered spins if I can find a really shallow slope to work on. Iím also doing much better on the flatland shuffle. I still have trouble on an uphill slope, but on the level I can make pretty good time.

My real frustration though is that I seem to have lost the ability to switch stance at speed. I can still use a nollied 180, but unweighted 180ís just arenít working. It may be because Iím fairly tired by the time I start working on this stuff.

On that subject, by the end of the day my thighs are just burning! Iím in better condition this year, because I notice Iím not getting out of breath. But I think maybe I should be working on conditioning for endurance. Maybe start doing horse stance againÖ

I need to spend more time doing ollies and nollies. First, just standing in place, then while riding. The snowboard addiction vids are right Ė these take a fair bit of practice to get.

On Sunday, something Iíd never seen before on the tow rope was that the rope track had been allowed to develop ruts over the course of the day, and I guess no-one thought to fix them. As a result, by mid-afternoon there was a deep serpentine gouge dug under both tow-ropes. The carnage was horrible. Most of the people who tried to use the tow were falling. I fell several times. Many of the users werenít even bothering any more, just walking up.

On Monday, the temperature was above zero and the snow was melting. According to snow-forecast.com , this is a) expected and b) temporary. In a few days, the temps will drop and weíll be back to snow. Well, letís hope. But on the plus side, itís dead up there on Mondays. Thatís the time to go.

Theyíve opened runs like Gun Barrel and Peteís Run as of Monday. I rode both, and was surprised to find that both runs are laid out differently than last year. And harder. Iím still a little tentative, so I had to do a lot of braking. Thatíll change in a few more sessions. I also rode Unicorn once. The steep part is still a problem for me. I need to get some guidance on that.

I was having some problems with my bindings on Sunday Ė the new NXT-ATs. It became extremely difficult to get my back foot into the binding. On Monday, with some playing around with straps, I determined that I had the tension wrong on the toe straps. Once I evened out the tension, the boot started going in easily. And, get this Ė I can now dependably take my foot out or put it in while moving. I literally no longer need to stop. Ever. Except for lift lines.

On the subject of stomp padsÖ I had some trouble on Sunday with my back foot sliding around. Turns out I wasnít pressing the boot solidly against the back binding. Once I do that, the sliding issue goes away. And because I donít have the stomp pad, I can move my foot around easily to alter pressure on the board edges. I think the takeaway for stomp pads is: put a stomp pad on your first board, but not on your second one.

I started to work on side hits again on Monday. Nothing impressive Ė Iím certainly not doing spins or jumps. But Iím starting to do small tail block stalls, which was very gratifying. Iím also getting much steadier.

I discovered a small jump coming off of Mushroom park onto upper Chuckís Place. Itís just a roller, but itís still more than good enough to give me an opportunity to get used to jumping.

So, in summary, a great boarding weekend.
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