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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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2012-04-01 No fooling on this day!

Posted 04-02-2012 at 10:30 AM by Donutz

Getting kind of sad as I realize that the season is winding down. Not including this weekend, there are only 2 or 3 weekends left, depending on whether Seymour extends the season again. It's possible -- the amount of snow we've been getting has really built up the base. It pisses me off no end though that Dec through to partway through March, the base was marginal to mediocre. I can feel the difference on days like Sunday, when you feel like you can do a jump or a bombing run and not destroy yourself if you biff. All in all, I think this was even a poorer season that the Olympics year, because we started getting good snow right after the Olympics. Anyway, unless I pull off some spectacular advances in the next couple of weeks, it's going to be a disappointing year for progression.

So, whining aside, what about Sunday? We'd gotten about 6-8" of new overnight, and the temps stayed low enough that it didn't melt. The bus driver said it was snowing like crazy so I had some hope that it would continue, but when we got to the top it had all but stopped. There was fog for an hour or two, but then that cleared and we ended up with a sunny/clouds day. Beautiful. Plus it didn't get warm enough to start producing snowpoxy. PLUS plus the crowds stayed away. No real lineup problem the whole day.

I was all over the mountain -- did Joels, the Joels trail, Nutcracker, Earls, Velvet Gully, Slingshot. The only trail I still have to try on Seymour is Devil's Drop, and honest to god I was actually eyeing it yesterday. No real jumping -- the park crew has plowed under the jump on Lodge of course! Frankly after Whistler I'm really feeling disatisfied with Seymour. Not the size of the mountain, because they can't really do anything about that, but the setup. As someone said in the forum, the park crew really seems to set up stuff for their own level and they couldn't care less about beginner/intermediate.

I did spend some time hitting the hip partway down Manning, and I've really got that nailed now. About to the point of starting to do spins off it. In fact, next weekend I believe I will do just that. If I can even get BS 180s nailed before the end of the season I'll be at least moderately satisfied. I also realized yesterday that I have done absolutely no work on ollies this season. I need those for so many things.

I'm coming to realize that my biggest problem is fear and failure to commit. There's no reason why I shouldn't be hitting the jumps on Northlands by now, but I always hesitate. And yesterday the snow was soft enough that I could have tried. Grrrrr. Well, hopefully next week. If I break something, at least I won't have lost a lot of season.

Couple of small victories, though. First, on the side hill near the bottom of Manning, I was actually reaching the point where it goes vertical yesterday, and did a couple of alley oops off it. That felt good. Also, I hit that small side hit near the bottom of Lodge and did an impromptu 180 and it felt totally natural. I think I could just throw those anywhere now.

Anyway, not much season left. maybe time to get a few new highs in, then it's time for skateboarding.
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