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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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Still waiting...

Posted 11-08-2010 at 10:22 AM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Well, it's Nov 8th, and still no snow-like activity on Seymour -- although the forecast for this week is looking hopeful. It's been suggested to me that last year's mid-November opening was an exceptional situation and that I shouldn't expect it every year. Screw that. I know how entitlements work. If I got it one year, I'm entitled to it every year! This is unacceptable. Who do I complain to?

Meanwhile, I've got my boards ready. The Morrow has been sold -- kind of an end of an era....
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Up the mountain

Posted 10-31-2010 at 06:14 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)
Updated 11-28-2010 at 11:38 AM by Donutz

My wife and I went up Seymour today with Petey the insane mutt. It was cold, which is probably why we didn't get eaten alive by bugs. In fact, it was snowing lightly once we were above the parking lot. And there was snow a couple of inches deep at the first flat spot on the Manning Run (where Joel's Flight ends and Velvet Gully starts). Petey ran around insanely (no surprise) doing donuts and spinouts. And he's got four-wheel drive!

Anyway, it's nice to see the white stuff on the...
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Goals

Posted 10-29-2010 at 10:23 AM by Donutz (This Side Up)

So, here's what I want to accomplish for this season:

- Ride Switch at will
- Ride moguls at something more than a crawl
- swap in and out of switch at speed
- Do some basic 180s
- be able to handle at least small ramps
- be able to go off-piste without cratering
- 50/50 a box -- even a small one.

In addition, there's this video Side hits on Vimeo that I've mentioned before. I'd love to be able to do at least some of...
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It begins...

Posted 10-27-2010 at 09:05 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)
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I'm a pretty new snowboarder, and a late starter at 51. I started snowboarding in Feb/2009 after going up to Seymour with my daughter's class as a volunteer parent. I'd never seen snowboarders up close (hadn't been invented yet when I used to ski) and they looked like they were having a lot of fun.

So, I rented the equipment the next time out and gave it a try. I'm pretty sure I provided great entertainment that first day on the bunny slope. But hey, it was a lot of fun, so I kept...
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