2012-03-22 Fourth and last day :( - 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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2012-03-22 Fourth and last day :(

Posted 03-22-2012 at 08:28 PM by Donutz

The day started out less than glorious. There hasn't been any snow to speak of in a couple of days, and the grooming cats turned everything into corduroy overnight. HARD friggin' corduroy. No kidding, if I scarved across the corduroy, my board made the sound you get when you ride a corrugated pipe. The snow is colder on Whistler, so you can't just smoosh the corduroy by riding over it once.

I went up 7th Heaven, which has a spectacular view (worth going up there just for that). If the snow had been better, it would have totally lived up to its name. With this shit-hard corduroy it was more like the 6th circle of hell. I got to the bottom of the lift eventually, but I didn't enjoy it. I took Sunset Boulevard to get back to the rest of the mountain. That is one freaky run. It's long, it's all cat track, it runs along a cliff for a long bit, and it slopes towards the cliff. Yeesh. And of course you have to spend the whole time toeside so your calves are just burning by the end.

I also tried Big Easy terrain park, but didn't feel good about trying jumps with this snow quality. So, rode down and went back to the unit for lunch.

After lunch, wife and I went up to the top of the Whistler Gondola and took Pony Trail/Expressway down. It was snowing by this point and the crowds had worn down the corduroy, so the snow quality was way better. Wife is a slowplow er snowplow skier, so it took about an hour to come down. I would wait for her then zip down and hit something or pull a trick. The sides of Pony Trail are quite high in some places. At one point I rode up about 30 feet up the side, sat down and waited for her. She came by, did a double take then laughed.

Learned Sameway's on the way down, did a lot of switch practice, and alley oops (which I didn't biff on even once). At the bottom, we took the Blackcomb gondola, wife got off at midstation, and I continued on up. Did Jersey Cream a couple of times, did the tree run again (less successfully this time), then went back up and headed for Big Easy.

So I get to Big Easy, approach the first jump per normal, hit it, and WAY overshoot the landing. I guess I hadn't allowed for the faster snow. I was so freaked out I knuckled all the remaining jumps. Wow I hate that.

Anyway, it was a nice ending to 4 days at Whistler. As usual my legs were burning so much on the last run down that I was concerned about making it to the bottom in one piece.

I wrote this song over thecourse of my vacation, sung to th tune of "Rawhide":

Waiting, waiting, waiting,
Though the light's abating,
Keep the hubby waiting,
my bride!

Through makeup, prep and dressing,
with my mind she's messing,
Wishing that she would move her ass.
All the things I'm missing,
To be up there I'm wishing,
Instead, I'm waiting for my bride.

Move your ass, get it done,
Put it on, leave it here,
You look fine, check the time,
my bride,
It's ok, you're not fat,
That'll do, just wear that,
Let's go now, get some pow,
my bride.
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