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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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2011-11-27 First runs

Posted 11-27-2011 at 07:30 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

First runs of the season today. Only Manning, Northlands, and Goldie were open so it wasn't the most inspiring day. On the other hand the snow wasn't hard. There were bare patches everywhere, and you can tell the rocks aren't too far below the surface.

I brought both of my boards up. The Heritage has the 390s on, and the Havoc has the Flows. I started the day riding the Havoc, which was very interesting. There's a definite difference between a camber board and a rocker. I felt like...
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2011-11-26 Goals for the season

Posted 11-26-2011 at 05:54 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

I did this back in May, but now that the season is starting it's time to come up with a focused list.

In general, by the end of the year I want to be able to:

- Hit moderate jumps (20-30 feet) at will.
- Do 180's and 360's of jumps
- Do some ground tricks, such as 180's, pretzels, butters, maybe even an mfm butter.
- Finish off stuff from last year, such as switch riding, and ollies and nollies
- work a lot more with moguls and rough terrain....
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2011-11-26 Opening weekend

Posted 11-26-2011 at 05:40 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

So, "days until snowboarding season" is now a negative number. Seymour opened yesterday, with the Mystery chair only. Today a pineapple express is blowing in and raining all over everything. Life sucks.

OK, possibly that's a teeny bit melodramatic, but it isn't the most auspicious opening weekend ever. I'm going up tomorrow (Sunday), but not early. It's supposed to start the day raining and I don't want that to be my first experience of the season. I'll go up maybe 10-11...
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2011-11-23 Well, finally dammit!

Posted 11-23-2011 at 04:45 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

I've been getting a little nervous the last week or so because Seymour has been conspicuously not open and not saying when they will be. The last straw was when Global TV started playing the Snow Report and all the mountains are showing snowfall except Seymour, which just says "opening soon". So I finally contacted them and asked straight out why they hadn't announced a date. They told me they didn't feel they had quite enough snow, but were expecting to get it this week. Well, that was...
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2011-11-18 Getting close!

Posted 11-18-2011 at 10:26 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Reading last year's entries and comparing them to what's happening this year, it's really kind of spooky how close it's tracking. We had snow on Wednesday at home level -- There are still piles where it was plowed off the streets. The mountain's a little behind, I think. Last year by this time they'd had a 55cm dump. Last night's dump of 18cm was the best so far. But still, Seymour has apparently announced a Nov 25 opening. I say "apparently" because they haven't put it on their web site....
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