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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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Pre-season ruminations

Posted 09-02-2014 at 11:27 AM by Donutz (This Side Up)
Updated 09-09-2014 at 11:15 AM by Donutz

It's now September, which I informally think of as the beginning of the run-up to snowboarding season. So I guess now would be a good time to get in some pre-pre-season kvetching.

First, to summarize last season: bleah! Worst. Season. Ever. For snow, anyway. Skillz-wise, I'm actually moderately happy with it. Also, got my new Proto last season, which was pretty neat.

So, what's in store for this season?

1) I'm going to be getting a full Gold season's...
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2014 Summer Solstice

Posted 06-26-2014 at 11:22 AM by Donutz (This Side Up)

The longest day of the year came and went the other day. As I've mentioned previously, this is kind of a psychological milestone for me -- I think of it as the farthest point from snowboarding season, although simple math will tell you that's not really true.

I'm a little surprised (but not too surprised) to find that I'm not nearly as obsessive about snowboarding in the off-season this year. I'm pretty sure that's because of the crappy season that just finished. What I'm concerned...
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2014 Post-season ruminations.

Posted 04-27-2014 at 04:39 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

The season ended officially last weekend, not that it made any difference other than theoretical. I've long since started thinking forward to next season. I've got the "days until snowboarding season" sign up at work, stuff's all put away, summer clothes are out, and I'm making summer plans.

I've started losing weight, per my off-season goals. I'm sure my impact shorts and snow-pants would already fit better. By the time next season starts I want to have a minimum of 15...
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Post-Season Redux

Posted 03-30-2014 at 11:04 AM by Donutz (This Side Up)
Updated 05-27-2014 at 10:52 AM by Donutz

The season is over -- maybe not officially, but there's really nothing left. There wasn't much snow to begin with, and the temps and rain have been taking care of what's still around. So yesterday I packed up all my snowboarding gear to make room for the summer stuff.

This will certainly go into my record books as the worst season ever, weatherwise. I read somewhere that we had a similar season in 1990, and I vaguely remember some moaning by the local resorts back around that time....
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Season is over

Posted 03-30-2014 at 01:12 AM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Yeah, it's unofficially the end. The snow forecast for the locals was kind of iffy for today -- right on the edge where it could be rain or an epic snowstorm. Of course it was rain. I did one run through Stomping Ground, and the snow was actually turning transparent because of the saturation with water. There's not much cover left, the downpour is melting what's still there, and unless a miracle happens there aren't going to be any more snow days -- even manmade.

So I took off after...
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