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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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2011-02-22 A little better with the night riding

Posted 02-23-2011 at 04:59 PM by Donutz

I went up night skiing with the wife last night. The snow was really good -- powder really, just not deep enough to earn the title. It was cold, but the dry kind of cold that doesn't bother you that much.

Because I was riding with my spousal unit, I didn't really plan on working on anything new. However despite myself, I did earn the grinning smiley anyway. At one point I went down Unicorn and had the opportunity to try Snowolf's Deep S carving, where you're supposed to bleed off the speed at the top of the curve rather than the bottom. And it works! The only difficulty I ran into is that if you get out of rhythm and start braking at the bottom of the S, it's very difficult to get it back.

Another thing that I finally got right is alley-oops. I think a REAL alley-oop requires a 360, but my version just involves going up a slope, hopping a 180, and riding out. Still, it's a new skill under the belt.

And I spent most of the evening climbing the side of the runs. I did a couple of great climbs, including my favorite at the bottom of Mystery (near where the snowshoers disappear). I went so far up that slope that I think I hit vertical and went ballistic for a second. Whoo!

I also did a little practice with all the usual suspects. At this point, it's just a matter of getting more comfortable with them and being able to perform at will.

I'm starting to be able to ollie into a 180, just a bit, but only when not moving.

On the subject of park features, the stuff in Mushroom was just too hacked up for me to take a chance on, escpecially since I'd forgotten to put on my knee/shin pads. I did notice though that there's a snow-level rail in there now -- no ollie-on required. Definitely for trying asap.

In summary, a short night but a fun night.

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