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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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2012-03-20 Second day

Posted 03-20-2012 at 08:21 PM by Donutz

Morning Update:

Whistler got some new snow overnight -- about 8" at the top of the Whistler gondola. Lot of wind, too. They actually had stuff on and off standby, and weren't allowing singles on any lifts. Not that one person on a lift was very likely - way more crowded today. Probably some combination of everyone coming out to enjoy the new snow, and people not being allowed onto the glacier.

I had an eye-opening experience first thing off the gondola. Decided to go left instead of right, just to see what was there. What's there, it turns out, is a double-black run called Jersey Cream Bowl. To my fear-addled mind, the slope on that sucker was about 89 degrees. But truthfully it probably wasn't more than about 75 or so . Honestly, any run where I can write my name on the snow in front of me while traversing -- that's friggin' steep.

I did one run in the Big Easy park and one run in the Habitat park. NEW HIGH: hit my first rainbow box this morning. Nothing to it. I also managed to stop knuckling in Habitat. One problem in Habitat though, is the landing areas are all chopped up. Made things a little sketchy landing the jump.

I spent a lot more time on blues this morning - hit Jersey Cream and Ross Gold among others. I have to say, so far I'm impressed at how consistent the Whistler/Blackcomb ratings are.

I did my first real tree run today as well, near the bottom of the Jersey Cream Express lift. Made sure I followed another group in -- I wouldn't do that completely alone, especially my first time. I have a history of getting lost, among other reasons.

By mid-morning the runs had been pretty chopped up and had a lot of new moguls, so I did some mogul practice. Doing ok at it, although more practice would always be good.

Afternoon Update:
The weather was pretty changeable this afternoon. Sun, snow, wind, temps varying all over the place.

I spent some time with the family, getting wife and daughter comfortable on the bunny run. Once they were ok, I went back up Whistler Gondola and did a couple more runs from there. By the end of the day, my legs were just burning. Did one run too many. It ended up being the kind of run where your legs are so noodly you can't really do anything. So that was that.

So I'm pretty much desensitized to smaller jumps and kicky jumps, and I can do a rainbow box. I did find the one rail. Unfortunately although it's supposed to be a ride-on, the "ride-on" was totally trashed. Maybe I can get there first thing tomorrow morning. I'd like to maybe hike that section and do the rail, practice boardslides on the flat box, stuff like that.
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