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2012-01-18 First time on Cypress

Posted 01-18-2012 at 07:10 PM by Donutz

I decided to go to Cypress today. I've got the time, it's midweek (the best time to go anywhere), so why not?

Got there just a bit after 9am opening. It was pretty empty. I guess the midweek thing works for Cypress too. I wonder if it works for Whistler? Anyway, it was damned cold. One of the ski patrollers told me I should protect my face. Fortunately I had a mask in my pocket so I just whipped it out and put it on.

So, Cypress? Meh. It's bigger, all right. A little bigger than Manning overall. But the runs are very Grouse-like. Wide, flat (side-to-side), not a lot of side features. I'll give them this, they've rated their runs well. Manning and Seymour both seem to take some liberties with what they consider blues and blacks. But I agreed with all the ratings on Cypress. I guess they have enough runs that they don't have to tweak things.

The snow wasn't great. There was some new, and there was some man-made stuff, but not really a lot of either. It may be a lot better when they've got some deep new stuff.

The other thing that bugged me about Cypress a bit is that every run ends with a steep section. Just when you're at your most tired, you have to suddenly fight gravity. Argh! OK, I guess that's not something they could really do anything about, and I supposed I'd get used to it if I went there a lot.

The chairs take a little less time, and the runs are a little longer, so all things being equal you'd get more riding time in a day, but if you throw in 45 minute lineups on weekends that certainly wouldn't be true.

All in all, it's an OK mountain. I think I'd go there before Manning, but only just. Seymour is still my fave, and Grouse is still dead last.

So, on to the actual riding. First, I got the alley-oops nailed (180 version) in both directions. I still crater sometimes when I under-rotate, but that's just practice. I'm actually a little surprised that I managed to get that much into this trick -- there are not a lot of suitable side hits, and most are to the right.

Second, I actually took the time to swap boards and spent some time on my Ride today. I think I need to do that more often. Sometime in the last 12 months, without realizing it, I became good enough that I can do ok without the reverse-camber advantage. As I've mentioned before, on the Ride I "feel" the bumps more, but the Ride definitely carves better, especially on steeps. And the new Rome 390's are sweet! Easy in, easy out, and great control.

All in all it was an ok day, but I'm not feeling any urge to go back.
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    The season after I wrote this, I went to Cypress again but this time with a couple of guys from the forum. Made a huge difference having someone who knows the mountain show you around. I discovered their beginner park, some tree runs, some lesser-known blues, some off-piste...

    Yeah, definitely better the second time around.
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