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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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First Snowboarding day

Posted 12-08-2012 at 09:53 PM by Donutz

Went up today -- second day of the season for Seymour, and the first day for me. The website said they'd be opening at 9:30, but I got there just after 9 and they were already loading people up.

The new Mystery chair is great. Just like the Whistler chairs, it slows right down at the bottom and the top, and just zooms along in the middle. It wasn't actually running twice as fast as the old one, but someone assured me that yesterday it had been running faster. The chair doesn't have ski rests, which is a relatively minor nit, but I did hear several people commenting on that. If the mountain gets enough feedback on that, they might just add them later.

The new lift setup includes singles lines, which I think is a great improvement. Despite the place being crazy busy for half the day, I never had to wait more than 10 minutes. However, the 4-into-1 layout of the lines means that they have to have full-time staff shepherding (and sometimes refereeing) the merging.

The snow is great. Somehow the snow that fell this week managed to be the good kind, soft and fluffy and not mushy. And it hasn't been compressed to snowcrete. Probably just as well today.

I said I was going to be more aggressive this year, and so far I'm living up to it. I started attacking side hits right away, went after runs like Earls and Friendly, and wiped out a whole bunch of times. Earls and Friendly are basically moon landscapes right now, and I don't really have my snowboarding legs back. Among my more spectacular wipe-outs, I had one total ragdoll coming down into Friendly and one yard sale on Manning where I wiped out so hard that I knocked the camera mount right off my helmet .

I also had some trouble with the side jump on Manning. Wiped out at least half the times I hit it. To my defense, it's more of a drop than a jump right now, and has exposed rocks that I have to avoid.

The Mushroom park had a couple of basic boxes. I hit one of them once just for the hellovit. They have these big wide pipes set up in several places, and a roller-type jump in Northlands. I'm hitting that regularly to try to get desensitized early.

And lastly, the contouring that they've done at the top of Mystery is great. You don't have to go uphill to get to the Northlands run, and there's lots of room (and a gentle slope) coming off the lift. Of course people haven't quite clued in to that yet, and they're still congregating quite close to the lift. The other place that's been contoured is the bottleneck where Manning, the Brockton exit, and Noel's Flight come together. That's been well done, and thankfully it leaves the side hill intact.

I hit the slopes constantly from 9am until 1:30 or so, then had some thought of going to the bunny slope and practicing techniques. Unfortunately by that point my legs were burning (out of shape -- shit!) and I just couldn't get it together. After a couple of embarrasing attempts (wiping out on the bunny slope ferchrissake), I gave it up and went home.
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