Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: West Baden Springs, IN
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Well, I survived my first experience on a mountain. That was unbelievable. Saturday we went from open to close with about a 20 minute lunch break and no other stops. I was asleep by 8:30pm I was so wore out.
We ended up staying on the gondola and fourrunner side of the mountain. First run was Nosedive in complete fog. Second run we went on Bypass and then into the glades before getting back onto Nosedive. That was pretty hairy for a guy that has never been on a run harder than a blue (we have a few black diamond runs at Paoli Peaks but they are not really any harder than a blue at Stowe). I really struggled with the moguls and the deep powder in the glades. Definitely need some practice at getting going again in deep powder. My board was continuously buried.
Near the end of the first day I was randomly falling on blue and green runs from being completely wiped. We bombed a lot of runs and carried quite a bit of speed most of the day.
Second day we spent most of the time on Cliff Trail and Toll Road jumping into the woods and back out and hitting the trees near the switchbacks. I've never had so much fun in my life. My buddy never hits park features so I talked him into hitting some boxes and jumps. We both suck at that but it was fun to have a place to hit 3 jumps in a row that are built correctly.
Can't wait to go back to Stowe and also try out some other resorts next year.