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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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2011-02-05 was a great day

Posted 02-06-2011 at 12:44 PM by Donutz
Updated 02-06-2011 at 12:54 PM by Donutz

This was a great day, but also a very odd day. To start with, I took transit again to get to the mountain. This time I made it all the way to Parkgate before things tanked. The mountain shuttle was supposed to pick us up at 8:35. By 8:55, I phoned customer service to find out wtf. Turns out they'd rerouted the bus to Lonsdale to pick up employees early, probably because of the competitions.

And this weekend is a busy one for competitions. Two days of downhill and freestyle. Interestingly, I think people stayed away because of it. It was actually quite non-busy on the mountain. And not because of the weather -- it was pretty nice, except for the snow.

Weird stuff this day. First, some snowboarder lost his footing and slid down the slope from Northlands to Velvet gully. Bounced off a tree, lost his snowboard, grabbed another tree and held on. Staff had to lower a rope to him to get him down the rest of the way. Bet he buys a helmet after that one!

And some kid tried to ollie the rope fence between Northlands park and Manning run. He was 50% successful, which is not good enough. He ended up taking the fence, with 4 poles, with him. Luckily there was a ski patrol right there. Made the twerp rebuild the fence. Hah!

Lastly, a snowboarder died in the backcountry on Seymour. Apparently he went down a cliff or embankment. They had to bring his body out using snowmobile. I actually remember the commotion at the time, but didn't know what it was all about. When the park people run their snowmobiles at full speed across the runs, something's up!

In personal progress news, it was a great day and definitely earns the grinning smiley! I actually finally hit the top jump on Northlands park. That's about a 20-footer, which is more than twice as big as the little guy they had on Mushroom for such a brief time. I noticed while on the chair that the jump had melted down to the point where it was fairly mellow, especially the knuckle part. So after a couple of false starts, I actually hit it. And after several attempts, I cleared the knuckle and landed one of those sweet feather-soft landings that make it all worthwhile. I hope I can get comfortable with the jump before they build it back up. It's going to be learning all over again once it's back to full size.

I can consider my tail presses locked now. I was doing them at will on the home stretch of the mystery run, including direction control. Next, nose presses.

In closing, I'm a little concerned about the snow level. It's melting down to the point where it's looking like last year. And that ain't good! There's snow predicted for this week, though. Hope it happens!

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    Your slopes sound epic. I wish App Ski Mountain had more to offer but for the price I pay for boarding and how close it is to the house I cant complain. before the seasons over though I'm headed over to Beech mountain. They have a half pipe and a ton of terrain parks and freestyle areas to practice butters in ect. Sucks that a guy died over there. Sounds crazy. The worst thing thats happened here was a collision where a kid got his arm sliced open by a sharp edge on a board. You know how blood spreads in water? Well it does it in snow. Looked like a serial killer was trying to tye die a shirt outside!

    I hit a few jumps last night and stuck the landings solid. Nothing liek a 20 footer you're talking about. Is that height or the distance traveled to the landing area anyway? I spend most of the night watching the big air event, and when I wasn't my bindings were coming off so I didn't do much riding regardless. Taking tonight to rest and watch the game, but tomorrow right back in it *thumbs up*
    Posted 02-06-2011 at 04:19 PM by Tachypsychia Tachypsychia is offline
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