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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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Some night riding

Posted 01-19-2013 at 07:43 PM by Donutz

I stayed home during the day yesterday to get stuff done, picked up my daughter, then headed up to Seymour for some night riding. It was basically the same conditions as the last couple of days -- around freezing, hardpack with a thin covering of softer stuff. No fog this time around, which was nice.

I did a couple of runs off Mystery, including one on Pete's before they closed it for the evening. But let's face it, when the snow's like that it's just basic downhilling. Not very engaging. So once again, I headed for Lodge to work on small techniques. Switch riding, ollies, 180s, butters, sameways and pretzels.

The switch riding is just basically something I need to keep practicing now. Move gradually from greens to blues. I did a couple of switch runs down Manning and was fine with it.

Ollies, 180s, just keep practicing. Still shaky, but progressing. Sameways, some progress. Pretzels turn out to be a lot harder than sameways, I think because of the way you prewind and release. Weird, didn't expect that. But I thoroughly suck at pretzels.

I'm very happy with progress on butters though. The frontsides are at the point where I can adlib them anywhere (within reason), and I actually started on the backsides. Only managed 360 before I had to bail, but it's a good start.

On one of the times I was going up the Mystery chair, I saw a guy overshoot the third jump in Northlands. He wasn't going that fast, really. But the third jump and the remaining small jump in Young Guns have the same problem -- a horizontal launch combined with a very steep landing area means you can launch yourself right past the landing. I really am starting to wonder about the park crew.

I'm going to be going to Cypress next Wednesday, and I'll make a point of visiting their setups. That'll maybe give me a bit of perspective. But both Grouse and Whistler pay more attention to beginner stuff than Seymour does.

Left after a couple of hours, satisfied with the evening.
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