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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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2011-01-23 at Manning

Posted 01-24-2011 at 11:11 AM by Donutz
Updated 01-24-2011 at 11:14 AM by Donutz

We went up to Manning yesterday. Although it's a weekend, Manning was running weekday rates because the Blue chair is closed indefinitely (and therefore their terrain park is closed too). It was magnificently sunny for most of the day, although a light fog blew in late in the day. The snow was kind of hard-packed, although not as bad as Seymour when it hasn't snowed in a while.

I did a half-dozen runs or so off the Orange chair, including the Gully, which for the first time I was able to do without cratering. I'm starting to be able to do those fast direction changes on steeps. I also was able to climb the sides of the green run that comes off the chair eastward without falling.

I rode up the lift with a guy who is a friend of the person who maintains the Manning web page, so I bent his ear a little about the shortcomings of the page. He appeared to be quite interested and said he'd pass on the comments. Apparently his friend really wants to get good exposure for Manning. Good on him if he manages it.

I spent most of the day though on the bunny slope with my family. It was a very good technique day. First, I practiced riding switch a lot. I got so comfortable with it that at one point in the afternoon, while I was riding down the run, I had to do a mental check to figure out if I was in switch or regular. That felt good.

The big thing though, is that I finally got butter spins working. Turns out what I was doing wrong is that I was waiting too long to transfer edges. I'd wait until I hit the 180-degree point, and at that point the spin would stall. By transferring edge pressure a little earlier, I was able to continue the spin. I got a couple of good ones going to the point where I was getting dizzy. Nose presses next.

I think I can swap lead leg at speed now on any moderate slope, but only using a frontside 180. I'm pretty sure I could do a backside 180 off a nollie last year, but this time it wouldn't come together for me. Oh, well, more practice.

All in all, a good day.
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