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Old 02-01-2013, 01:46 PM   #2871 (permalink)
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This is why I typically go during the week....it's dead. I wouldn't mind doing some night riding though, I haven't ridden at night in the longest time and I miss it. You actually have some light to give some texture to the hills so you can see all the bumps and rollers.
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:06 PM   #2872 (permalink)
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Doing Holly tomorrow if anyone is game. Shooting for 9am.


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Old 02-02-2013, 06:18 PM   #2873 (permalink)
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My first time on the hill in 3 weeks!

...but all I did was film guys at Hawk Island Snowpark.

Some guys were riding a snowskate around. That and all of the open, flapping jackets inspired an edit idea but I don't have a computer than can handle it so who knows if it will work or not.

Anyways, David_Z was there so I'll just let him throw down the full report.



/Does this count as one of my days on snow??
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:25 PM   #2874 (permalink)
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Here's the scoop on Hawk today:

Conditions were great although it was overcast/snowing for a while which made visibility a bit of a chore. Fortunately the crew at Hawk does a killer job maintaining all the features throughout the day. I think there were 6 or 7 rail/jib features. In the beginner section which I didn't really see I think it was flat box & dance floor box. On the main slope they had a gnarly double-closeout feature, wide diameter down pipe with a donkey dick, something they refer to as a tommygun rail which as far as I can tell was just a wide diameter pipe elevated a bit, a mellow rainbow box, a down rail, and some hip to wallride pyramid thing which I guess lights up at night.

They had two small jumps, one of which was *maybe* a 10 footer and the other was like 6.

The tow rope is the type with handles on it so you don't wear yourself (or your gloves) out. It takes no energy whatsoever to ride it. ALthough it is a little slow, it was a good tradeoff in my book.

I spent my time on the down rail, rainbow box and the jump line. The jumps are absolutely perfect low angle wedges. The park is small enough that it is impossible to get too much speed for the first jump. The landing was long and relatively steep, no possible way to overshoot it. The second jump was smaller but the terrain bottoms out before it so again it would really be hard to wreck on it. This was about the size of a jump you'd put in your back yard. The jumps were absolutely perfect for learning/progressing on, on account of their size and how well maintained they were. They were mellow so you could get air but they didn't "throw" you.

Although I struggled a bit with sloppy technique, I did land a few backside 360s today which was a first for me.




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Old 02-02-2013, 07:35 PM   #2875 (permalink)
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Grats Dave! I got real comfortable with 10footers today. The one that Sam hit...

I would love to try that one at hawk! I'm pretty sure I would have thrown 3's with you. That jump even from the video looks perfect!

Stoked you got your confidence back bro!


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The kid and I will be at Mt. Holly tomorrow (Sunday) for the day session. I'm in black pants, black helmet, and brick red jacket.
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Grats Dave! I got real comfortable with 10footers today. The one that Sam hit...

I would love to try that one at hawk! I'm pretty sure I would have thrown 3's with you. That jump even from the video looks perfect!

Stoked you got your confidence back bro!


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Ill be @ pk tomorrow around 11am any one in
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@Angela wish I could but tomorrow's a no-go. Looking to get out maybe Thursday morning probably at PK, and one day next weekend could be any of PK, MTH or Alpine.
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@Angela wish I could but tomorrow's a no-go. Looking to get out maybe Thursday morning probably at PK, and one day next weekend could be any of PK, MTH or Alpine.
Let me know I'm down
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