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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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2011-02-14 Now THAT'S better!

Posted 02-14-2011 at 08:37 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Went up the mountain today, arriving about 10:30 to a blizzard! Apparently it had been rain earlier, but had turned to snow just shortly before I got there. Because of the earlier rain, I think a lot of people must have left, because it was deserted even for a Monday.

First, the day gets a because I nailed a new technique -- always an automatic Big Grin. Today, I finally got the flatland shuffle right. I've been doing it more or less up until now, but it was kind of a flat shuffle...
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2011-02-13 Sitting and thinking

Posted 02-13-2011 at 07:35 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

I'm going up the mountain tomorrow with the wife, but I'm sitting here today thinking about snowboarding. Some random thoughts, in no particular order...

The inuit were said to have some huge number of words for snow. Don't know if there's any basis for that claim, but I can see the usefulness. Here's my coinages for types of snow that I've been experiencing:

- Pow: That's pretty standard. New, dry snow. Lousy for making snowballs but great for boarding in. Saw it once...
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2011-02-12 Wow what a crap day!

Posted 02-12-2011 at 06:19 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)
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This was a very disappointing day. It should have been fantastic! We're finally getting snow again after a long drought. It was snowing this morning when I got to the mountain, and it was snowing all morning. How can you go wrong? Yet somehow when the snow landed it turned into what I'm going to call "snowpoxy". Kind of like riding over patches of velcro. Little bumps that you'd normally barely notice would bring you to a complete stop. I've never before in my life had to pull out my back...
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Some stuff

Posted 02-11-2011 at 10:50 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Getting ready to go up tomorrow. It's snowing on the local mountains even as I speak, uh, type. They've got 17 cm on Seymour, with probably double that due overnight. Whoo-hoo, finally!

On a side note, I found the web page on the Seymour site that describes the current park features. Turns out my 20-footer is actually a 25-footer. Hm. I'll have to remember to be more scared tomorrow

May end up meeting some ppl from the forums tomorrow. Hope it's not too humbling....
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2011-02-07 More of the same

Posted 02-09-2011 at 10:07 AM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Went up Seymour on Monday. It was essentially a repeat of Saturday. Same blue sky (although clouds rolled in occasionally and it did try to snow), same snowcrete base, although maybe even harder than on Saturday. Except being a Monday, it was not busy. Thatís always good.

I spent pretty much the whole day working on the jump at the top of Northlands. I also hit the roller in the transition from Manning to Northlands, which turns out to be a pretty nice little practice jump for trying...
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