2012-01-26 Best. Day. Ever. - 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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2012-01-26 Best. Day. Ever.

Posted 01-26-2012 at 06:55 PM by Donutz

Today was an unbelievably epic day! I've been kind of disappointed with the last couple of days -- it always seemed to be foggy or raining or windy or poor snow, or some combination that added up to crappy. Today was the opposite. 48 cm of new pow (not poo!), sunny skies (at least in the morning), no fog, and not particularly busy.

They had pulled the features out of Mushroom park earlier in the week and I was rolling my eyes and saying "it figures!". But today they put them back in a different configuration and a slightly different location. They also put 3 rollers in Mushroom park that are actually quite fun.

I spent the first part of the morning trying to hit all the runs of Mystery before they were all tracked out. I hit Joels twice! And handled it quite well. Another new high today, I dropped off Northlands early (before the cat track) going into Friendly. That means dropping down that very steep pitch on the side of Northlands. It didn't go as well as it could have. I was too cautious and tried to brake too much, and lost my edge. A minor issue though. It was fun, and I'll do it again when the snow conditions permit.

I also did all the usual stuff, Manning, Unicorn, Velvet, etc. Spending more time hitting side hits and handling drops and such. I went down Slingshot once, but that was a bad idea. Too much new snow, and of course I got stranded.

But today was a great day for new highs. I hit my first street-style box. not much of a ramp, it was practically a ride-on from the side, but the important thing is to get the feel of it. I also did my first really ad-libbed 180 off a side hit, and I hit my first picnic table.

This was a totally great day, and very reminiscent of the last weeks of last season.

On other subjects:

I've learned one lesson, which is to spend the time to get the bindings mounted right. I didn't have the stance quite right before, but I took the time last night to measure it and get it right. Makes a difference.

I'm not so impressed with the Rome 390s any more. I had them on the Heritage yesterday, and had a lot of trouble tightening them and keeping them tight. At one point on Unicorn, my ankle strap actually just completely came undone. Fuck! I'm told that this is a problem with Romes because the spring is kind of light duty. Too bad, because they're such a nice binding in so many ways, but this is a show-stopper IMO. I guess that's one of the things you learn from experience when selecting bindings.
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