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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.

2011-03-06 Jump day!

Posted 03-07-2011 at 12:17 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Yesterday (Sunday) was one of my longest days on the mountain. I took the bus in the morning, so I got there a little bit after 8:30 opening. My family came up in the late afternoon for some evening skiing, and we left about 7:30. So an 11-hour day. Pretty tired.

It was an odd day weather-wise. It was sunny and clear first thing in the morning, but started snowing like crazy around 10am. It then cleared up again about noon, then started snowing again in the afternoon -- but this time...
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2011-03-04 Friday night

Posted 03-05-2011 at 08:24 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

I went up for a night session of boarding last night. Brought up my daughter and her friend. It was snowing like stink the whole time, which is just great of course. It wasn't a great night for learning stuff, although I had a couple of highlights. First, a couple of times I just spontaneously went into a butter spin, and didn't bite it. I can still only do frontside tailspins, but I think it's time to start practicing backside at minimum.

Second thing is that I started doing 180s...
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2011-03-03 Minor notes

Posted 03-03-2011 at 11:02 AM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Just a couple of updates...

Mystery was fixed yesterday (Wednesday), but we had a windstorm in the lower mainland so the entire mountain was shut down. If it isn't one thing, it's six things

And it doesn't look like we're going up Grouse this Friday. Wife is swamped with obligations and had to cancel. Oh, well.

It continues to snow, basically every. freakin'. day. Unless we get a heat wave, I think the season will be extended this year. Oh...
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2011-03-01 More thoughts

Posted 03-01-2011 at 10:30 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

So, here's what I wrote for short-term goals back on Feb 13 (Mygod, more than TWO WEEKS ago!):

- ollies
- butter spins
- bs 180's off a side hit
- pops on jumps
- lead-switching

Got the last 3 now. Almost have the first two. I guess I'm gonna need a bigger list

Reviewing my progress the last month or two, I think the biggest single thing that I did this year was doing side-hits and off-piste and riding the rough...
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2011-02-28 What the hell?

Posted 02-28-2011 at 11:25 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)
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I wish I hadn't already used the "best of times, worst of times" title, because today would have been a natural for it.

First, Mystery chair was broken today, so everyone was on Chucks or the bunny slope. Only good thing about that is there weren't too many people overall, it being a weekday. Don't know how long the chair will be down. If it's still bust by the weekend, you can forget the mountain.

Somehow this doesn't surprise me though. I've commented in...
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