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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. Day. Ever.

Posted 01-23-2013 at 11:53 PM by Donutz

Probably overusing that title, but I may have to retire it now. I went up to Cypress today with poutanen, timmytard, and kung-pow. It was wet snow verging on rain at the beginning of the day, but changed to proper snow and stayed like that (and kept snowing) all day. Just the same, by the end of the day I was soaked through and through -- gloves, jacket, pants, even the inside of my helmet.

TT knows Cypress quite well, so right away I was getting a better experience than my day on Cypress last year. We did some tree runs, some regular runs, and we discovered (almost by accident) the beginner park.

The open runs were good, but runs are runs. The tree runs though were a fair bit steeper than I've ever done before, so I spent a lot of time butt-planting. I really have to get that heelside washout under control. I'm pretty sure it's a fear thing, although the ice under the new snow certainly wasn't helping . We also at one point ended up skirting along the top of a VERY steep cliff-like section. Eek!

The best time of all though was the beginner park. We were all enthusiastic about it. Poutanen was saying that he has exactly the same problem with his local hills as I do with Seymour -- not nearly enough attention paid to beginner park features. Anyway, the park had a couple of nice jumps, a hip jump, some ride-on boxes (including an up-flat-down), a rainbox box, and a ride-on rail. So I've FINALLY done a rail. Wasn't bad. I could probably try the one on Seymour now, especially if the new snow builds up and provides a softer landing. We hit the park several times, and if there'd been time we'd have done that some more.

Riding with others who are better than me was definitely a learning experience. I was forced to point a little more directly downhill than I'm used to, and go down runs that I might have otherwise bypassed.

The only thing that pissed me off about the day (other than having to leave before closing) was that most of my helmet videos simply didn't turn out. The weather was just junky enough to coat the lens every time, even when I cleaned it.

One last thing, and I was a little surprised by this. When you're coordinating four people on runs, there's inevitably some sit-and-wait. As a result, I didn't get nearly as tired as I would on a similar day at Seymour. So, maybe I should just take some sit-time at Seymour on every other run, in order to last longer.
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