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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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2012-03-11 Now we're getting somewhere

Posted 03-12-2012 at 07:06 PM by Donutz

I started the day feeling kind of frustrated. I've been feeling a little stale the last couple of outings, like I'm just doing the same stuff over and over. I think I've been a little tentative with my riding because of my (admittedly minor) recent injuries.

So on the drive up, I tried to think if there was something I could try that's new. Well, one option is to do some basic technique work; so while I was waiting for the lifts to open, I spent some time at the top of Goldie, working on penguin walk and jumping 180s. Neither went well at first, and as usual I started to get frustrated early. But since my other option was to just stand around, I kept at it, and after a bit things started to come together. I think that if I could practice each of those techniques for 10-15 minutes every session, I'd have them in no time.

Anyway, then the lifts opened, and I got on the Mystery lift. Or tried to. Just like my first time last week, when I tried to glide into position I drifted right off the platform to heelside. WTF, I thought to myself, am I actually getting worse at this? No, turns out. Seems this year's lifties just arent' doing a very good job of maintaining the lift areas, either loading or unloading. I've been wondering if it's just me, but this day I saw two Ski Patrol guys wipe out as well -- one at the top of Mystery, and one at the bottom of Lodge. So when it seems like the platforms are forcing me in a direction, it's because they are. And if the unloading ramps seem to be hammocked, it's because they are.

Anyway, enough of the complaint-fest. I got a very pleasant surprise on the way up the Mystery lift. Seems with all the new snow, the park crew has decided to build the Compressor trail again! So I did a first-tracks down Manning and Pete's per tradition, then on my second run I hit Compressor and the Friendly tree line. Was a bit tentative, so I ended up stranding myself and had to skate a bit to get out. The second time, though, was much better. And the snow was mostly untouched, so it was pretty good.

The next big surprise was after my first Unicorn run. Coming up the Lodge chair I realized that the park crew had been working on the beginner park. They'd taken out the wide box (no loss, IMO) and put in a street-style rail (no gain, IMO) AND a 16-foot flat box to replace the 8-foot down-box, AND a 10-15 foot kicker! Yep, that was it for me. Spent pretty much the whole day hitting that jump. The first couple of times, I knuckled of course, since I tend to be chicken-shit about overshooting. But once I got it (you pretty much can't speed check at all) I was getting some pretty good landings. More importantly, by the end of the day I was starting to get desensitized to the whole jumping thing. I think I could hit the step-up at the bottom of Northlands with very little worry now. Might even be able to hit the top jump on a good snow day.

I didn't get much chance to hit the 16-foot box, because most of the day it was inundated with classes. When you've got 8-10 kids each waiting for their turn, and the instructor taking his time with each one, chances of getting in there are pretty slim.

And now, the bad news. About mid-day, the highback cable on my back binding broke off right at the insert. I phoned the Boardroom, and they had one pair of NXT-ATs left in stock, and they were on sale. SOLD! Left the mountain, went right to the Boardroom, and picked them up. Talk about an easy sale!

One other thing -- I tried out the "King of the Slopes" app on my smartphone. It's ok, but it really sucks battery. And I don't find the stats all that compelling. I'll probably try it again next weekend, but if it doesn't start to impress me, it's gone.

So it was a short day because of the binding. Which is unfortunate, because it was a nice weather day and not all that busy. But, priorities...
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