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Old 03-04-2014, 10:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Your 2014 Snowboarding Highlights?

2014 season after 65 days on my snowboard.

2014 I now can ride switch full speed on most terrain, do moguls & glades, hit jumps on the mountain and in the park.

2014 season pass at JayPeak just brought my boarding to a new level being my only experience ridding was at Seven Springs PA.

Hope to finish 2014 on the halfpipe and hit some 180s off kickers.

So how was your 2014 season?
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So how was your 2014 season?
"Was"? It's -15 in Montreal today and we have a good 2 months of winter left.
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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^^^ True! But so far my seasons been good, different but good.

- Only 19 days on snow so far (was at 28 this time last year), but I plan on finishing strong.

- Doing FS and BS 180s now and hopefully going to start some 360s soon. After 22 years of focus on carving and off-piste, my final frontier is freestyle! lol

- Completed all my on snow tests for the Canadian Ski Patrol, heading this weekend to a course on how to evaluate and train other boarders. They liked my riding!

- Had some AWESOME days in powder at Fernie and Kicking Horse, and some early season fun at Lake Louise. The Fernie day was particularly good, because the powder was fresh and I was able to lay out big wide open powder carves, speed checks for face shots, etc.

- Said to myself "hit everything" with regards to any off-piste jump I see, and so far I haven't hurt myself. I'm taking more chances than usual, and having more fun!

Good year, but wanting MORE time on the snow!
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Strange but good season. Only 15 days so far - been away till mid Jan. The initial plans to practice riding switch on groomer days were neglected - only been 5 days on groomers, thus I still suck at switch buuuut had a splendid pow season riding forward getting more and more confident on little jumps, at riding fast and reading terrain, the frear to crack the neck again is fading.
Very strange season... only little snowfall, but if, then always towards the weekend. Go on
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Crappy Season. Only 25 days on snow. Most of them pretty uneventful.

Here's to wishing for spring snow!
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I moved to Colorado this fall and I have only missed one weekend on the hill since October (I was sick ) I'm somewhere between 35-40 days, I'll probably ride more this year than all other years combined.
I've lost count of how many times I've said "best snow day I've ever had" this season. It's the best decision I've ever made to move here... If I didn't like my job so much, I'd be looking to move into the hills.

Riding after getting 26" in one day was an amazing new experience this year. Also notable was getting to finally ride a day at Blue Sky Basin in Vail (just went there Sunday). Jumping off the cornice into amazing snow near Lover's Leap was so much fun. Grilling brats at the top of the lift on the open grill was icing on the cake. I also really enjoyed Champagne Glades.
My riding has definitely improved this year. The single best thing I did was take a lesson. I've been snowboarding for over 10 years, and I never realized how many bad habits I had... ruddering, disco dancing for balance, and trying to throw my board around instead of properly initiating a turn. I had an amazing lesson that got me working on all the kinks in my riding. I can now manage runs that used to be difficult or tiring before at a much faster pace, using much less energy.

So all in all, it was a great year... but it's not over yet

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Started slow but been good so far, almost every time I go lately there has been fresh snow falling till at least 1:00. Had nice 18" and 9" powder days , just got back from 3 cold ass days at Mt. Snow and heading up to Jay and Sugarbush next week. Crossing my fingers for some northern Vermont mid March dumps.

Haven't practiced my switch riding as much as I should, just can't convince myself to do that instead of riding the trees when fresh snow is falling.

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Old 03-04-2014, 02:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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started slow, only at 10 or 11 days so far, i work a lot... but it will pick up. Gonna be gunning for 2 days a week all the way up until late April. hopefully i finish somewhere around 30 days. Highlights for me, got acquainted with some air, also started jibbing (so much fun.) I look like a total park noob out there but my carving is on point... ive never felt more in control with speed as i do right now. feeling great!
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:38 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Head off for my third week-long trip of the season this Saturday - Lake Tahoe! (Heavenly, Kimberley, Northstar)
Did a week each at Red Mountain B.C. (very good) and Fernie B.C. (awful. I don't believe poutanen's claims about powder at Fernie.)

Several day trips locally trying to improve my non-existent park/freestyle skills have been less successful than I'd hoped.
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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So far this year's highlights have been:

Riding 36 days between VT, CO, UT, and WY with a full time job (50 hrs/week) and while living in NJ.

Riding two mountains I've never been to before: Telluride & Jackson Hole.

Getting face shots on 3 east coast days which I can't recall happening ever.

Dropping into Corbet's at Jackson successfully.

Working on a video edit and putting out a trailer for it! Welcome to Tah Full edit coming soon!
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