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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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2012-04-15 And that's a wrap...

Posted 04-15-2012 at 05:25 PM by Donutz

... to a crappy season, frankly. I know March is supposed to have had a record amount of snowfall, but it wasn't enough to make up for the previous 3 months. The bottom of Lodge never filled up to the point where they could take down the ropes. Even last season it eventually filled up.

I went up this morning at 9am for the final day, and ended up leaving at 11am. It was ice crust where the cats hadn't run, and crushed ice where they had. Add fog and occasional rain, and you've got the kind of day where you stay home.

The season did have some highlights. There was the Whistler trip, and the private lesson last week. Whistler is going to be an annual tradition. Hard to believe it's cheaper than staying at Manning. Bye bye, Manning. And as for the lesson, it's very very gratifying to have the instructor tell you that he can't think of anything to teach you. And the C-turn instruction that we did get to, takes care of a gaping deficiency in my skillset.

Whistler taught me a couple of things. First, I have to get out of my rut once in a while. Second, I have to be less nervous about trying things. OK, lessons for next season.

So, here's my bucket list from the beginning of the year, and the results.

Alley-oops - proper ones, with a nollie and 180 or 360 out.
Only 180 out, but done.

Be able to adlib tricks off side hits.
A bit. Not so I'd call this a success.

Learn as many tricks as possible from the Youtube "29 ground tricks" vid.
Nada

Be able to ollie and nollie at will
I can ollie somewhat, but that's about it.

All the butter variations
Nope.

pretzels
I did a sameway once, that's about it.

Be able to ride switch on pretty much anything
Nope, although my switch riding is much improved.

Be able to ride pretty much any terrain
I don't know about "any", but getting there. I'm happy with this one.

Take Steeps at speed
Still needs work, but improved.

If I get an opportunity, improve my mogul handling
Some improvement.

Do some real tree-dodging
Done.

spins off jumps. 180s, 360s minimum.
A bit. fs 180's dependably, off small jumps.

Become comfortable with Northlands jumps
Nope. I can handle smaller ones, but I didn't do Northlands this year.

Become comfortable with boxes
Done

Try a boardslide
Done, but only shifty-style. Haven't done a hop-on boardslide.

Hit a rail
Nope, but I was building to it.

I suffered from three problems this season. First, I like a nice soft landing when I'm trying something new, which means I don't try stuff when it's snowcrete or when the base is down to mere inches. Had both of those this year for most of the season. Second, I had that tailbone injury in January which dogged me the rest of the season. Made me very reluctant to try anything that could involve a butt-plant. And third, I'm just a bit of a whuss. For some reason I imagine dire and near-fatal consequences from any fail, whereas whenever I've actually biffed it's generally been no biggie. So next season I'm just going to go for it.
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