2011-03-20 Fantastic! - 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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2011-03-20 Fantastic!

Posted 03-21-2011 at 09:03 PM by Donutz
Updated 03-21-2011 at 11:22 PM by Donutz

Sunday was one of the best days this season. Totally unexpected, since this weekend starts spring break, and I expected it to be a madhouse. I guess everyone else did too and stayed away, because it was actually fairly dead for a weekend.

Anyway, it was a blue sky day, totally excellent visibility, warm (just above freezing), new snow from the day before that had been groomed but was still soft, lots of ungroomed snow still on the sides. And the park crew had finally finished their revamping of Friendly Nut House and the parks. I have to admit, they did a fantastic job. There was so much new stuff, I spent half the day just exploring. And as well as putting the jump back in on Mushroom, they created a new one at the top of Friendly. Ironically I never got to try it because I was having too much fun on the Northlands jump.

I've finally started to be able to dial in my approach on the Northlands jump. It's pretty obvious to me now that being able to estimate your approach speed is a learned skill, and there's only one way to learn it. So I'm now able to clear the knuckle most of the time. I'm probably a day or two worth of practice before trying the bigger Northlands jump. Woohoo! Then there's all the other ones.

I finally tried Towerline run, which runs right under the Mystery lift just below the Northlands jumps. I'd gotten enough speed after hitting the jump to almost get all the way up to the top of that run, and it was just a short walk to complete it. I'm gonna do that again when there's new snow. It's a hoot!

The flat-down box has been moved to the 'new' terrain park that links the Northlands park with the Pit. I hit that a couple of times after coming off the jump. Starting to get fairly comfortable with it. I also hit the elevated box that's on Mushroom -- the one on top of a pyramid. That was an experience. But I survived.

I also decided today that I was going to crack the switch riding problem. So I went to Chuck's and told myself that I was going to keep riding it switch until I got it. Well, it took about 5 runs, but by the end of that I was doing dynamic carving, at least on the easier parts. I'm still far better in my regular stance of course, but I've at least got it now to the point where I'm not one hiccup away from a crash when I go switch. Next, I have to start hitting some larger jumps in switch to be able to handle some of the odd jump spins.

I did Cabin Trail a couple of times today. Snow was good, so it was a workable trail. And they obviously never groom that thing, so it's always a bumpy challenge. I'm no speed demon on moguls, but I'm pretty comfortable that I can handle them now.

I had one interestingly bad moment on Unicorn. Unicorn is a fairly aggressive run, with a mountain one one side and a valley on the other. I've always wondered what would happen if you lost it and skidded off the run into the valley. Well, basically you drop off the side and end up up to HERE in fresh snow. Oops. Anyway, no injury except to my pride, but I had to hike back up to the run.

I could easily have stayed until closing. This was one damned fine day. I was sad to have to leave at 3:30, but obligations awaited.

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