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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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Bad start, good day.

Posted 01-06-2013 at 10:05 PM by Donutz

I got up to Seymour today before opening. It wasn't an auspicious start. The fog was as thick as I've ever seen it. And by which I mean I actually could hardly make out the snow under my feet, let alone anything that was coming at me. In addition, there was a thin layer of new snow over top of refrozen lunar landscape. However, it was snowing, and it kept snowing, and by 11am the fog lifted. Made for a much better time.

I discovered (or confirmed) a couple of issues with my snowboarding style. In a couple of cases where I stalked er followed another snowboarder who was better than me, they inevitably took a more direct line down the mountain. And when I followed their line, it was much easier. So I started trying to be less tentative when picking my own line. I tend to go across the fall line more than I really need to in order to scrub speed.

I also noticed very distinctly today that my biggest problem with my heelsides on steeps is that I turn much farther -- in some case to slightly uphill. Definitely need to fix that. Another issue I have is with turns to toeside. On real steep or narrow terrain, I have a failure to commit my upper body which results in a failure to easily initiate the turn.

Today was a busy day on the mountain. Interestingly, that's only a problem on Lodge. Mystery is easily able to keep up with the crowds, but the Lodge chair was backed up something ridiculous. Oh, and those two really nice jumps they put up in Young Guns? Gone. Of course. On the other hand, the first jump on Northlands had been trimmed down to something fairly mellow. And honestly, if I'd had to keep using the Lodge chair to get my jumping fix, I'd have gone insane. So a net win, I guess.

The biggest win of the day though, was the Pete's Run tree run. While I was stalking er following another snowboarder, he went off the Pete's Run path and into the trees. I followed him and discovered Nirvana. This tree run branches in quite a few places, so there's variety available. And it's technically challenging, not just narrow. I tried it a half-dozen times, finally making it thorugh without crashing on the last couple of attempts. The best part though, was on the last try I really mastered tail-braking. It's the same feeling you get the first time you hit a jump or a feature or some new trick.

I left about 2pm, legs sore as usual, but not in agony. Excellent day.

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