Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I rode Kirkwood the first time this late February, I flew in to Carson City on a Thursday, the snow condition was not looking promising. So, I hit the casinos...Friday comes around, nothing. Saturday still nothing, but got visit Virgina City, NV (cool little mining town).
Finally, Sunday it started to rain in Carson City and the snow report was reporting new snow at Kirkwood. My best friend and I packed up his Ford Ranger and we were on our way. The scenery was spectacular on the way up...as we got close the snow was coming down in a study pace. I was happy that I was able to get some riding in.
We got to the resort, I was like a kid in a candy store. I also parked by the lessons area, I was going to take a private lesson to learn more about board control and work on some spin tricks.
I was shock to see there were tree runs in the bunny slope...I took a couple of laps with my best friend (6 yrs ago, he knew how to snowboard and I didn't). Met up for my private lesson and noticed that California snow was wetter and heavier than the Southern CO/ Northern NM fluffy dry snow that I've learned on for last 6 years.
The terrain was something else and it added more challenge with the wet and heavy snow (recommend matching your wax with condition, I was sticking when I was there). I also rode the gully as mentioned by OP, it was fun experience. As got I comfortable with spinning, my instructor pushes me to ride across this run and came up to a side hit and attempted a front side 180s. However, instead of launching my board, I end up driving my nose into the wet heavy snow and end up lean back on my ankle and end up rolling my ankle. Did managed riding the rest of the lesson and rode couple of runs with my friend. My ankle puffed up like a balloon when took my boot off.
Even with injury, it was an awesome experience...I would recommend to anyone. I'm planning another trip when snow starts fall again at the end of this year.
Last edited by abqmike37; 06-03-2013 at 05:59 AM.