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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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Posted 12-15-2010 at 11:34 AM by Donutz

Wow. From the hell on earth that was Sunday, to heaven on Tuesday. Well, that's weather soup in Vancouver.

I was at the mountain just after 9:30, and it was looking a little sparse. The torrential rains of the previous several days hadn't left much to work with. There were bare roots, rocks, grass patches... Not encouraging. However just after 10:30 or so, it started snowing, and it didn't stop all day. For at least half the day it was thick enough to seriously hamper visibilitiy! By early afternoon, I had to start worrying about not burying the tip of my board with some of the off-piste activity. Wonderful stuff.

I didn't get too adventurous yesterday. There's still plenty of ice just under the new stuff, not to mention the rocks and such aren't buried that deeply yet. I hit Unicorn, Pete's Run a couple of times, and Brockton a time or two. I think Brockton chair will be worth exploring more once the snow is thicker, but right now it's very little more than a straight chase from the top to the bottom.

I did spend a fair bit of time on side hits. I climbed the sides of Manning and Velvet Gully whenever possible. I even launched a couple of times and didn't bite it! I seriously think that going off the groomed area is one of the most productive things you can do for upping your game. Learning to handle the board when it's not nice and smooth is very valuable, and going off the sides is an easily accessible way to do that.

I did crater quite a lot yesterday, mostly because I was aggressively attacking things that were slightly outside my comfort zone. Fortunately the new snow provided more than enough padding against the ice base. I've started trying to master a quarter pipe move where you go straight up a slope then ollie into a 180 and come back down regular. I'm sure there's a name for that... Anyway, I'm close, but I haven't quite mastered the part where you're still upright at the end of it

I also tried buttered spins yesterday. Sucked at it. I think I'm not spinning fast enough, plus I don't have the butter position nailed yet. I was crouching and leaning back too far rather than standing taller and pulling up. Oh well, no one said it'd be easy.

I finally left around 4:30 or so. Thighs were burning so much I couldn't do much any more anyway. All in all, that was a damned fine day. More, please!
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