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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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Night Riding -- not my best subject

Posted 12-28-2012 at 10:41 AM by Donutz

We went to Seymour Wednesday afternoon for an afternoon/evening session. I had originally intended to take the bus up first thing in the morning, then meet the family when they came up later. Should have stuck with that. There was some new snow early in the day, but by the time we got there at 4pm it was snowcrete. Plus there was a constant light drizzle, the kind that keeps your goggles just fogged up enough so that you can't see where you're going. I am truly amazed at how much difference that makes, too. I was crashing in situations that I should be totally comfortable with by now. Got so frustrated that when the family started calling for a dinner break, I was all for it.

By the time we got out of the restaurant, the drizzle had turned to a light but constant snow. MUCH better. Suddenly my riding was much improved. I started looking for side hits, doing switch riding, even practicing ollies. It looked to be turning into a pretty good evening. Finally we'd had enough and we called last run. And there's the lesson: NEVER CALL LAST RUN!!!!!! At the top of the Lodge chair, some idiot fell getting off and just lay there. Then my wife fell while trying to avoid him and hurt her ribs. We ended up having to go to emergency to get her x-rays (just bruised ribs in the end). So now my wife is spitting nails because she'll be out of it for a couple of weeks. The real problem though is that the liftie didn't shut down the lift when he should have. My daughter and her friend came off the lift behind us and they just ran right over the guy, who was still sitting there being Mr Stunned.

Anyway, I think I'm just going to have to accept that I don't do well on snowcrete or in rain. It may be partly psychological, but there's a fair bit of physical component there. So when we get those conditions, I'm just going to have to adjust my riding expectations.

And as a BTW, the Seymour park crew hasn't changed anything yet. Hopefully there's some joy by the weekend.
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    That injury ended up sidelining my wife for 6 weeks. I explained to her about the cutoff rod at the top and she's decided that the next time someone falls in front of the lift she's just going to stay on the lift and kick the cutoff.
    Posted 09-12-2013 at 10:46 PM by Donutz Donutz is offline
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