Finally got a taste of park riding today
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?