Glad you got it
. Its a whole different way of riding that really demands choosing your lines wisely...so if you biff you still have some slope to ride. A little trick if you biff and have a enough slope is to build up/pack down a little shelf to set your board on, then get on the board strap in (the tricky part) and try to ride out...anyway sometimes easier than trying to hike out of chest deep.
No kidding... I wound up following three basic techniques:
1) When I died in a bowl or flat (either by failing to maintain enough speed to ride it out, or by the "ass-over-tea-kettle" method), I'd dig out, un-strap, and swim out like a morbidly obese guy in a vat of vanilla pudding. This was probably the most amusing method for those who got to watch.
2) Once or twice, I was able to just uncover the nose, and ollie my way up and ride out.
3) On a steep enough section, I'd be able to compact the snow behind me enough to tuck the board and lever myself up to ride out. Good ab work-out, that one.
My program at SEA-TAC should be startaing back up in mid March, so I'll be back.
I'm just now leaving, and my thoughts go out to all those in WA without power. The wet snow & freezing rain combo was terrible. Best of luck to all in the region.