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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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2012-03-19 First Whistler day

Posted 03-19-2012 at 05:31 PM by Donutz

Morning Update:

Got to the line-up on Wizard Express about 8:15 and they were already loading. None of this "wait until the exact second before opening" shit like some mountains (+1). Took maybe 2 minutes to get on (+1) which is the longest wait so far today (+1). They have a singles queue which people actually seem to use properly, i.e. I didn't see any small groups pretending to be singles. 'Course probably not worth it with the small lines. The only thing that bugged me a bit is that people seem to go out of their way to try to prevent you from joining their group, including edge squeezing and spreading 3 people as wide as possible. I just played dumb and stepped on their equipment if they got too pushy.

I toured the "Easy Out" green run for the wife. Very easy run, but long if you go up to the top of the run (which requires taking the Solar Coaster lift as well). My calves were burning by the end of the first run. Got a little better as the morning wore on, but I anticipate pain tonight.

Lots of nice snow on the mountain, but lots of icy patches too. I hit a patch while on a heelside and did a hard landing on my butt. Ow.

I also found the jump line in the Big Easy terrain park. Perfect size jumps, but way kickey (at least on the left side of the line). One rainbox box which I haven't hit yet, and a couple of flat-wide boxes that I have. I think after lunch I'll go looking for the other beginner park on Whistler.

Afternoon Update:
I eventually found my way to the Whistler Village gondola loading area. Had to take a hard left near the bottom of Easy Out (missed it a couple of times, too). The first time, I loaded onto the Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola by mistake, and ended up at the top of Easy Out again (well, at least we're out of the tree ). The second time, I figured out how to get onto the actual Whistler Gondola. And that's when things really got good. The Habitat Terrain Park at the top of the gondola has 3 lines: S, M, and L/XL. The jumps are a little bit larger than the Big Easy jumps, and this park has things like a flat-down and such. No small street-style stuff though. Still not sure how I'm going to intro myself to that. May have to just bite the bullet on a full-size one.

Anyway, there are a number of ways to come down from the top of the gondola, and I still haven't figured out which is which. The Olympic run though, is dead easy. Even easier than Easy Out IMO. And the snow is way better up there.

Late afternoon the fog rolled in and it got kind of hard to see, especially since I had the sunny-day lens in my goggles. Didn't matter though since by that point my legs were screaming for mercy. Haven't even done a full day on Seymour this year, and Whistler is way more work.
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