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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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Pretty nice day

Posted 01-21-2013 at 01:32 AM by Donutz

I think today was the first day that the temp inversion really kicked in for Seymour. As I went up the Mystery chair for my first run of the day, I could swear that the air was getting warmer as we went up!

The snow started out a bit scritchy, but by midmorning it was getting that soft spring-snow feel, with a 4-6" thick layer of ground-up snow on top. Some areas, like Pete's tree run, never softened up, but most of the mountain turned out real fine.

Anyway, since it's a weekend, the mountain was very busy. Actually, it felt christmas-holidays busy. I think a lot of people decided to come out today to enjoy the warm weather and sunny skies. The problem, of course, is that Lodge chair just gets packed when it's that busy. And there's nothing about Lodge that justifies a 20-minute wait. So other than a couple of runs down Unicorn, I stayed on the top half today.

I continue to work on some of my techniques, but they really didn't get much of a workout today -- except butters, which I'm starting to throw just about anywhere. The next thing I'm going to start on (from the 29 ground tricks vid) is "Nollie to tailpress + 180 out". Tried the nollie today and I suck, but you have to start somewhere.

I did a lot of runs today. Worked on the ally-oops on the side hit at the bottom of Manning. I'm now doing frontside 180s out, which I wasn't able to manage before (go figure). I also hit the side jump halfway down, and I'm not off-balance on that any more. So, time to start hitting the 20-footers I think.

The big win today though was C-turns on Unicorn. I know I've called my C-turns nailed, but I still have had a problem turning to toe-side (like most people). Today I made a point of leaning downhill to initiate the turn, and I have to say the turn immediately felt better and more fluid. In fact all my turns felt better today.

Another kind of smaller win today happened on Manning where I'm always hitting the big side hill. I had to dodge some slackers that were sitting in all the wrong places and I ended up in the dreaded heelside spiral. This is where I'm going heelside and basically falling over and I can't stop myself because I can't seem to get a turn going. But today for some reason I figured it out and I managed to save the heelside and stay up. Doesn't sound like much in print, but it felt like a big thing today.

So, going to be going every day this week. And hopefully we'll get some new snow starting Tuesday or Wednesday. Sure as hell need it.
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