Yeah Leo would be super mad if you didn't like the Magic. He even told me he would not be my friend if I didn't love that board.
- Yea I actually spoke with Leo before buying the Magic last season. I have a 2010 model (not the 2011, which was the all greenish looking one with fish and shit on it) but I don't think there were many changes, if any.
I will say that reading that Never Summer Proto CT thread... it has me considering buying just because of how light and poppy it is. I do like to charge down runs though and really carve it up (something the Magic is incredible at... I can carve a perfect sine wave with like 4 foot diameters) - I think my favorite thing about snowboarding is riding powder and spraying a rooster tail. So I think the CT would be a little better because of how light it is for me wanting to get better at freestyle, but I think the Magic would be better for the free-riding aspect of what I enjoy... so it has me thinking.
Aim higher homie. I got 36 this year. 2 in CO and 5 in UT but the other 29 were in MI. And I work a full-time desk jockey job. 40 was my goal last year, and if it hadn't been for that thaw over New Year's weekend, or if the slopes had stayed open a few more days in march, I probably would've made it. (Or if I had not gone to Miami for 5 days with the wife...)
I'm going to try for sure, but even if I went at least once every weekend from December 1st to June 30th, I'd only get to 30 days. Now some weekends I'm going to go more than one day, and I'll even take some vacation days off to make long weekends etc, but then again I probably won't go EVERY weekend. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to go every single day of my life... but I'm a desk jockey as well and work M-F 8 to 5. I live and work right in downtown Denver, and without traffic it would take me at least 1 hour to get to the closest Epic Pass resort, A-Basin. I could do some night runs at Keystone, but it's usually icy. I definitely will take at least a vacation day or 2 during the middle of week sometime, if there is going to be an epic powder day or something. So I guess I'm just tempering my expectations... aim low (25) and then you're pleasantly surprised when you get to 30, or even 40. The group of guys out here (friends and the larger group) make up about 20+ people, so we're considering renting a big ass house near Vail for the winter, splitting it 20+ ways. It should end up around 100-200 a month per person, which isn't that bad if you figure that you stay up in the mountains and the absolute cheapest you can get a room for is probably $60... it pays for itself pretty quick.
If you ride 30+ days, and you ride with other people who are decent or better than you, it is inevitable that you will get better. Sometimes just seeing a new trick in person is all it takes to help you figure out the mechanics of it. I can pop the occasional bs 360 off little rollers or side hits but I am too chickenshit to do them on jumps. I need to get over that fear...
Yea the guys that are out here, especially my 2 close buddies who I both taught how to snowboard - they're pretty good. But with that said, and them being out here for 2+ seasons now, I still think I'm a better rider than both. A large amount of the rest of the group is skiers, which I have no problem with at all.
I guess what I'm getting at with the "want to get better" shit is that I really want to start spinning. In Michigan I was always hesitant to try anything more than 180's just because I didn't want to bust my ass on ice. But now I'll be riding fresh, soft snow a lot more frequently. That means I'm going to try new things. At least that is the promise I am making to myself. My other buddies are pretty content just riding without doing many tricks. They'll jump and do grabs, but neither is really interested in hittin 3's or anything. But maybe they will want to when I'm going HAM off a cliff. Haha, at least that is why I have pictured in my mind.