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Old 03-27-2012, 07:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wow! I don't even know what to call this mess... LOL

I know that the locals will say the snow sucked, but I am from Indiana. If my board slides on it, I am happy. With that said, the warm temps/soft snow condtions combined with my new Never Summer SL 158 allowed me to learn more and progress more this weekend than I have since hitting my shoulder and head on a rail several years ago.

The board gave me confidence to bomb down runs that I would have approached with caution on my old Premier (circa 2000ish)with my more confidence. In turn I found my self going faster with more control ever before. I took this new confidence over to A51 and started hitting kickers and again this board does it so much better that I found my self hitting stuff that I would not MAN UP for last year. I also rode some of the boxes? in Freidas incubator with succes which I never had an interest in even attempting on my old board.

To top off all the awesome riding, my wife took three days worth of lessons and can now make it down the beginner slopes at mountain house without falling and she is linking turns cautiously.

This is the first time I have ever hit the slopes in Colorado without a riding partner and I was able to do so much more. I hope next winter is a snowy season as we plan to have several trips.

I know none of this is as cool as some of the veterans on here, but at age 39 it's the little victories that count. Plus when we arrived home, the wife began looking for a board for our 3y.o daughter. ( She will be 3yr 9 months in Dec)

I realize that the snow was not perfect and most of the stuff I am thrilled with is everyday for most of you, but it cranked my stoke for winter up even more so I thought I would share it here!

Hope everyone has something kickass to do until the white stuff falls again!!
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There's always good times to be had in the mountains. Barring illness and injury, a little stoke goes a LOooooNg way!
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I'd be up shredding it every day still... If I could. I'm probably gonna ride some green stuff in the coming days to get the feel back before the season ends here. Spring slush is lots of fun to ride.
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The spring corn season is just about as good as the powder days, on any given season. The only bummer this year is that the spring corn season came about a month early, and we haven't come even close to our annual snow fall average. Overall, it's probably for the better anyway.
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I agree. So many people complain about bad snow but what is that saying?? "Worst day on the mountain is better than any other day"

I've gone 3 times this season with a 4th trip booked. Conditions so far for me have been mostly ice slabs and hard pack but I still had the time of my life. Locals don't know how to appreciate what they have nearby.
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I was glad when it warmed up and got soft. I would not have tried the kickers I hit if the snow was not soft. I have a career I love and I have positioned myself as the ONLY rep for my company in Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. I cannot spend my typical 500-700 miles per day in a car if I am injured.

I agree with the above post,if its not powder, give me spring time slush any day. I also agree that if it is white and I can slide on it, I am not going to bitch about it.

My grandfather is still going strong here in Indiana,he supports everything I do and practically raised me from 14y.o to 21 y.o. I wont move west while I can still spend time with him. When he is no longer with us, you will find me planted firmly in the Denver area. I'd go farther west but as an Insurance adjuster I need to locate centrally in the heavily populated areas.

I have to have quick access to Interstates to Col Springs, Denver and Ft Collins. I ran hail claims in 2007 and I learned quickly where the policies are.

Still, an hour or two drive whenever I feel like it beats the hell out of a 500.00 flight a few times per season.
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I was glad when it warmed up and got soft. I would not have tried the kickers I hit if the snow was not soft. I have a career I love and I have positioned myself as the ONLY rep for my company in Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. I cannot spend my typical 500-700 miles per day in a car if I am injured.

I agree with the above post,if its not powder, give me spring time slush any day. I also agree that if it is white and I can slide on it, I am not going to bitch about it.

My grandfather is still going strong here in Indiana,he supports everything I do and practically raised me from 14y.o to 21 y.o. I wont move west while I can still spend time with him. When he is no longer with us, you will find me planted firmly in the Denver area. I'd go farther west but as an Insurance adjuster I need to locate centrally in the heavily populated areas.

I have to have quick access to Interstates to Col Springs, Denver and Ft Collins. I ran hail claims in 2007 and I learned quickly where the policies are.

Still, an hour or two drive whenever I feel like it beats the hell out of a 500.00 flight a few times per season.
Which company do you work for? I work for Travelers Insurance as a property adjuster.
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I am an auto and property adjuster for Diamond National Adjusting. We primarily rep Kemper Insurance Services and Liberty Mutual. We also do a lot of condition assessments for State National Finance.

I have been a field adj for 18 years and worked all over the country with cat claims also.
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Wow! I don't even know what to call this mess... LOL

I know that the locals will say the snow sucked, but I am from Indiana. If my board slides on it, I am happy. With that said, the warm temps/soft snow condtions combined with my new Never Summer SL 158 allowed me to learn more and progress more this weekend than I have since hitting my shoulder and head on a rail several years ago.

The board gave me confidence to bomb down runs that I would have approached with caution on my old Premier (circa 2000ish)with my more confidence. In turn I found my self going faster with more control ever before. I took this new confidence over to A51 and started hitting kickers and again this board does it so much better that I found my self hitting stuff that I would not MAN UP for last year. I also rode some of the boxes? in Freidas incubator with succes which I never had an interest in even attempting on my old board.

To top off all the awesome riding, my wife took three days worth of lessons and can now make it down the beginner slopes at mountain house without falling and she is linking turns cautiously.

This is the first time I have ever hit the slopes in Colorado without a riding partner and I was able to do so much more. I hope next winter is a snowy season as we plan to have several trips.

I know none of this is as cool as some of the veterans on here, but at age 39 it's the little victories that count. Plus when we arrived home, the wife began looking for a board for our 3y.o daughter. ( She will be 3yr 9 months in Dec)

I realize that the snow was not perfect and most of the stuff I am thrilled with is everyday for most of you, but it cranked my stoke for winter up even more so I thought I would share it here!

Hope everyone has something kickass to do until the white stuff falls again!!
Sweet. I lucked out when I went to Colorado in January. It snowed the day before and there was stuff to be found the first day, and was decent the second day. The soft stuff really makes you try things you wouldn't. I'm 34 going on 35 and my bones don't heal as fast as they used to.

which resorts did you hit? I hit Loveland and Breck this year (Keystone a couple years back but didn't know what I was doing). Just got back from Tahoe and still stoked. I hope California's season lasts a bit longer!
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That sounds pretty awesome. I'm going to be there next week and I was wondering how many trails were open? I'm hoping it's better out there than the stats are saying haha.
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