Thought I’d document my progress getting back into snowboarding after 6 years, and taking it seriously for the first time. Maybe this will help someone else in the same boat. Any advice and comments are welcome
First some back ground information. I am from Alberta Canada, and head to the mountains frequently during the summer to backpack and scramble. I do some winter activities like snowshoe and ice climb, but these never held my interest for long periods of time. I thought snowboarding (split board being the eventual goal) would be a great way to “enjoy” the six month snow season. Now I did do a couple seasons of boarding (weekend warrior type) during the college days, but it was more along the lines of messing around with friends. Never got better than half way linking some turns down the mountain. This time around it would be a commitment to become an advanced rider for the back country. I also go to the gym 5-6 times a week, so fitness is not a factor, just the skills.
Board - Thought I’d try this rocker thing. Burton Prime EZ-V
Binding - Large Burton Customs.
Boot- Burton Moto. Though I am in the process of purchasing a Salomon boot. The moto is super comfy walking, but doesn’t seem to fit too well when I am actually on the board.
Helmet: Smith Variant
Google: Smith Scope
Have a boatload of layers from other outdoor pursuits, and my old snowboarding pants, so this is covered. But I did order some protective gear (Azzpad, G-forms pads, and Level gloves.)
I mounted my own gear this time around. Figured out somehow I switched into goofy foot. Probably due an injury a while back.