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Old 03-20-2010, 11:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've never ridden park before. Ever. With the lack of snow in Summit County, I finally pulled the trigger and went to Echo Mountain since they got 17" yesterday. I've lived 20 minutes away for three years now and I'd never went before.

I gotta admit, that shit is fun! I fell more today in a few hours than I have in a loooooong time, but I had a blast doing it! I had become a pure powder hound this year, riding basically nothing but bowls and what not, even avoiding groomers at all cost, so it was definitely a big change of pace. I didn't do anything crazy, just hit some of the smaller jumps and some easy boxes, but it was fun. I'm getting a season pass there next year and it's going to replace Keystone as my weekday night riding spot.

On the other hand, I was utterly shocked how many people are pretty sick in the park, but can't ride. I mean literally, CANNOT ride. Some of them were literally side slipping from hit to hit. It was ridiculous. I'd see a guy side slipping and think he was a beginner then the bastard would 180 onto a rail on 360 off of it! WTF?! Did these guys just get into the sport to be straight up park rats and have no aspiration to do anything else?
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What powder we haven't had shit this year. Echo is OK I wasn't that stoked on their park it was kind of janky when I went and the set up left more to be desired but doing 2 minute hot laps was nice.

As far as the park kids go that is our future generation of riders, kids that can't ride to save their life but can throw down on a rail like no other.
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I've been hunting like a mofo for that powder! It's been tough to come by, that's for sure!

Hell, I wouldn't know a damn thing about park setup (obviously). I just like that it's 20 minutes from the house, I found that I have a hookup on a deal on a season pass, and they actually have some decent (but short) tree runs. Instead of getting up to Keystone one night a week, I could probably get in 2-3 nights at Echo. Plus, riding there pretty much forces me to develop in the park. Hell, maybe I'll even start side slipping around!
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WTF?! Did these guys just get into the sport to be straight up park rats and have no aspiration to do anything else?
That's why I got into it...18 years ago
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As far as the park kids go that is our future generation of riders, kids that can't ride to save their life but can throw down on a rail like no other.
The spring break campers were at Timberline this weekend. There were hundreds of these kids side slipping around yesterday. Hilarity.
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I dont find any excitement in finding powder and just carving through it all day. i love powder days, but im there to hit jumps and ride park. however, you wont find me side-slipping and shit like that.
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As far as the park kids go that is our future generation of riders, kids that can't ride to save their life but can throw down on a rail like no other.
I disagree to an extent. I am advanced it the park but when i went on my 2 trips to sunshine/lake L I could ride better than most people there, and I'm not talking about people in the park. I find that riding park has taught me to be ready for weird shaped features that you can find on the mountain, however I am really fast learner and like to progress a lot more than the average person.
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I have to say, for the most part, the younger riders I see on the mountain seem to be only interested in riding the park or bombing down runs at warp speed. That seems to be their only concern. But hell, if I'd started riding when I was their age, I'm not so sure I wouldn't have had the same mindset.
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I disagree to an extent. I am advanced it the park but when i went on my 2 trips to sunshine/lake L I could ride better than most people there, and I'm not talking about people in the park. I find that riding park has taught me to be ready for weird shaped features that you can find on the mountain, however I am really fast learner and like to progress a lot more than the average person.
And do you understand the concept of edge to edge transfer and how to micro manage speed control without scrubbing at all?
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^Ya for the most part, but fuck understanding concepts i use muscle memory and it has gotten me farther than most.
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