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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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Best. Season. Ever.

Posted 12-23-2012 at 09:27 AM by Donutz

I might be jinxing things with the title, but right now it's really looking like a great season shaping up.

As of this morning, Seymour is at 541 cm and there's still more snow coming. I think they'll be well over 600 by the end of December. Woo-hah! I had a short discussion with a liftie at the bottom of Lodge Chair about that. Everyone seems to be excited about the snowpack. (No shit, Sherlock)

The tramp lessons are on hiatus until Jan 12th, so Saturdays are free for the moment. So I went up for the day yesterday (Saturday). It was overcast but clear visibility first thing. Started snowing about 10am and never let up. That was great, new snow was being laid down as fast as we could track out the old stuff.

And what a lot of old stuff! Chucks is almost completely open now. There's one small section still roped off near the bottom, but that's mostly because a fairly big creek runs right there. I think they're just being cautious. All the runs are open except Mystery Lake, which is no loss IMO. Why they ever created that abortion of a run is beyond me.

My abdominal pull is no longer bothering me, so I didn't have any concerns about what I could or couldn't do -- except the obvious concern about staying alive. Unfortunately the Seymour park crews did exactly what I expected them to, and mowed down the nice tabletop jump in Northlands in favour of a couple of ridiculously large monsters. I think I saw half a dozen people hit those things all day. I'm going to write an email to the park manager. Maybe I can get something done. Right now there are just two insipid flat boxes in Mushroom for beginners. Bleah! On that subject, I hit those a couple of times but I'm not challenged by them any more. How times change!

So I'm now doing runs like Pete's and Boomerang at full speed now with no problems, climbing the sides on Manning and Unicorn, and hitting the side jump on Manning with increasing confidence. Granted it's a bit more mellow and the rocks are covered over now, but I'm getting my jumping balance back at least on small stuff. Kind of important as that's one area I don't want to get ahead of myself on.

I'm concentrating more on steeps right now. I hit Earls and Noels multiple times. Noels is a bit scary because it's steep, narrow, and very mogully. Earls is steep and narrow but until it gets tracked out it's pretty smooth. I made a point of working on the technical aspects of my C turns based on the lesson I took end of last season, and towards midday I did one absolutely perfect descent. Felt so good I actually yelled out loud! I'm sure I'l club on it some more, but now I know I can do it and I know what I need to do. Nailed.

Compressor is almost built up enough to be usable. There were some tracks of people who'd tried it, but there were also a fair number of craters from those attempts, so I think maybe not yet...

I still haven't gone down Friendly, or Sunshine Ridge, or the steep connecting Northlands and Velvet. Next time maybe.

I need to rave about the new Mystery chair again. On a couple of occasions, I arrived at the bottom, rode through the singles line, and got put directly onto a chair. Sombitch, no wonder my legs are burning by midday!

Anyway, bottom line, I think I'm done the warmup. There's enough snow, and it's soft enough, and I'm on my game enough. I'm going to put a list on my phone for things to do next time up. Time to get going! I'm also going to put in for a week's vacation ASAP. Can't waste this opportunity.
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    I put together that list. This is a short term to-do list rather than a seasonal goals list.

    - Boardslides on the flat boxes
    - Ollies and nollies
    - Butters
    - Pretzels
    - 180s off side hits
    - Ally oops
    - Hit compressor & steeps
    - Hit Sunshine Ridge
    - Check out the Pit features
    - Do Noel's a LOT.
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    Posted 12-24-2012 at 10:51 AM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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    I emailed the mountain, attn park manager, and actually got an answer back the next day. I'm just blown away that he even answered, but he also promised to address my concerns. Probably not in time for Wednesday (Boxing Day), but in time for the weekend. Super stoked now!
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    Posted 12-24-2012 at 02:15 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
 
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