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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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2011-02-28 What the hell?

Posted 02-28-2011 at 10:25 PM by Donutz
Updated 03-01-2011 at 10:29 AM by Donutz

I wish I hadn't already used the "best of times, worst of times" title, because today would have been a natural for it.

First, Mystery chair was broken today, so everyone was on Chucks or the bunny slope. Only good thing about that is there weren't too many people overall, it being a weekday. Don't know how long the chair will be down. If it's still bust by the weekend, you can forget the mountain.

Somehow this doesn't surprise me though. I've commented in a previous post that Seymour doesn't seem to be keeping up with their maintenance. All the lifts have died once or twice already this year.

The other really Bad Thing that happened is my rack lock seized up when I was getting my board to catch the bus, and I had to take my board apart to get it off the rack. Still managed to make the bus, but jeez!

On the plus side, I had a fantastic day snowboarding. First, I finally tried Cabin Trail (off past Seymour 16s) and discovered that it is a very interesting run. The lower part of it looks like a blasted ruin of a landscape, with major bumps and hummocks, and MOGULS! Just enough moguls for me to try out my short turns, and guess what -- I got game! I handled them just fine. We're supposed to be going up to Grouse with some friends this Friday, and I'm really jazzed about trying the Peak now.

Second, I built a jump on the bunny slope and spent the day hitting it and practicing 180s. I've pretty much got the frontside 180 locked. Cab 180 is dependable but not locked. Today, I did my first backside 180's. More or less. My nail/fail ratio is still less than 50% and I have trouble getting the toeside edge planted and getting the rotation, but that's just practice. Another thing worth mentioning is that I had to switch back to regular foot after each switching jump, and after a while it became quite routine. So I can now consider that a lock as well.

What was the most fun, though, was at the bottom of the bunny slope. Just near the entrance to the tow rope, there's an embankment. It was initially all untouched snow, but I created a jump on it (sort of a hip jump) that I would hit every time I came down the bunny slope. And I was getting some damned good air on that thing. And even better, I was putting a lot of deliberate pop into it, and getting it right.

What occured to me later is that when I was in my first season and still using the bunny slope for basics, I would watch more experienced snowboarders doing just what I was doing today on that embankment. And I was jealous as hell. So now I'm doing it. That was great.

So anyway, between the bad stuff that happened today, and the good stuff on the slope, how do I rate this day? I guess snowboarding-wise it was a good day with a new technique learned. The other crap is just life.

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