2011-02-18 A little night riding. Very little. - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
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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2011-02-18 A little night riding. Very little.

Posted 02-19-2011 at 11:40 AM by Donutz
Updated 02-27-2011 at 09:03 PM by Donutz

So I've been trying to get the family up to Seymour all week, given the epic snowfall. As of yesterday, more than two meters of new snow in the last seven days! Unfortunately, stuff keeps happening and we keep bailing. So last night, I went alone. Unfortunately, I think I've decided that I just don't care for night riding. Now it's still true that any riding is better than no riding, but unless the family is going up with me, I'm just not motivated enough to pack, drive, park, etc for a night session. Part of it is that the snow is totally tracked out by night; part of it is that between all the new stuff being scraped off and the lowering temps, the snow is almost always snowcrete by that point. So I did one run on Mystery, one run on Lodge, then went to the bunny slope for the evening to practice techniques.

Anyway, despite all my whining, the day er night still gets a smiley because I did well on my techniques. I can now get enough spin on butters (at least FS tail spins) to do a proper buttered spin. I actually tried the backside tail spin once. Didn't go well, but didn't totally bite either. So that's just the next item to practice.

I also have my ollies to the point where I can use them in real situations. They still feel clunky and I'm sure I don't look fluid when ollying, but that'll come with use.

Switching lead foot also just needs practice. I have the technique down, I'm just not confident enough with it yet.

And lastly, riding switch, same comment. Just more practice needed.

I think I can consider these three techniques achieved. If I wait until I have it completely totally locked, I'll spend a whole season obsessing about a few items. So, get it good enough to use, then use it.

I've been planning on hitting the down-box that requires an ollie-on, but just like the runs, it was totally trashed. I'll save that for early day (maybe Sunday) just after the park is opened. I'm really stoked about trying and nailing that feature.

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