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Here are my assumptions:
1) You work a normal job
2) You live close to the mountains
3) Ski season is from Nov through May (7 total months)

With 7 total months of ski season, you have the potential for 60 total weekend days. That means you have figured out how to go snowboarding for at least 90 days during the week (so far). That is simply amazing....nicely done!

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It's really about dedication and sacrifice. You're going to give up something to reap the reward of riding all the time. Living in the mountains isn't for everyone it's a completely different lifestyle.

Case in point if I lived in Denver I would pay 1/3rd the rent I do for my condo. My groceries would cost half. If I go out to eat a 10 dollar burger would be a real 10 dollar burger not a 5 dollar burger in disguise.

But I would also deal with traffic, pollution, city people, etc. etc. all things I hate. So is the convenience of having it there worth it? Not really to me. I've grown accustomed to paying double for everything, making a lower wage than if I lived in a metropolitan area, and giving up on certain things.

Then there's the toll it takes on your body that I doubt very few on here can comprehend. Your body takes a serious hammering as you go out there so you stop doing the from open to close thing because you realize tomorrow is another day and you'll do it again. Yesterday I rode pow from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. that's only a 5 hour day. I'm feeling it today and my knees are swollen which is typical this time of the year because I'm on like day 200. When my season ends I go into a hibernation of sorts where I just sleep for 2 weeks straight. Then starts the awesomeness that is the summer of recovering from hammering my body all winter. You stretch, work out, rebuild muscles, eat right, work out, etc. etc. to prepare for another season so you can recover quicker and keep on riding daily.

But would I change all the damage I've done to my body? The arthritis, broken bones, compressed spine, torn ligaments? Hell no because at the end of the day I get to snowboard when most people are jockeying a cubicle. It's through all this riding that you gain a lot of knowledge about riding as well as understanding a lot more about snowboards, it's dynamics, the mountain culture, and lifestyle.

Oh and for the record 98% of the snowboard industry doesn't even clock 20 days. Most sell fun for a living that they never get to enjoy.


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Then there's the toll it takes on your body that I doubt very few on here can comprehend.
This is the thing that struck me most when I was thinking about you doing 200 days and Argo at 150. If you are doing 200 days a year, you always have to be thoughtful about what you do so that you don't wreck yourself for the next day. I'm sure you are good enough to do what you want, but must think twice about taking big chances.

I did a 20' rock drop last time out. I did it because I just figured I wanted to try a larger drop (had been staying around 10' and less) and I would have all summer to heal if it went south. It was incredible...best feeling ever even when crashing down the hill after trying to land So, I did it again...and again...and so on until I landed it. I will say that my 44 year old knees were not pleased with me.

Couple questions...sorta unrelated but I've been curious:
1) We were at Loveland early April for a 12" powder day this year. We were waiting in line at lift 1 for it to open and once it opened, it seemed like people got very aggressive...on the slope, in the line...everywhere. It was that way until about noon and then chilled out again to what seemed more normal. Is this pretty normal for a powder day in Summit County or just an anomoly because of the crowd that day?

2) I'm pretty comfortable riding my snowboard but I still do stupid, embarrasing things when stopped or going slow...I'll fall over for no good reason. It always seems that I crash in the lift line once a season at least and I hit the barn wall at the top of Blue Sky Basin (Vail) getting off the lift. Just dumb stuff. Does this ever go away or is it just my own personal nightmare that will keep me laughing at myself until the day I die?

3) Do you guys still try new stuff or stick with the tried and true?

I'm very impressed with your riding day totals...I don't think I could do it. Hats off to you gents!

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This is the thing that struck me most when I was thinking about you doing 200 days and Argo at 150. If you are doing 200 days a year, you always have to be thoughtful about what you do so that you don't wreck yourself for the next day. I'm sure you are good enough to do what you want, but must think twice about taking big chances.

I did a 20' rock drop last time out. I did it because I just figured I wanted to try a larger drop (had been staying around 10' and less) and I would have all summer to heal if it went south. It was incredible...best feeling ever even when crashing down the hill after trying to land So, I did it again...and again...and so on until I landed it. I will say that my 44 year old knees were not pleased with me.

Couple questions...sorta unrelated but I've been curious:
1) We were at Loveland early April for a 12" powder day this year. We were waiting in line at lift 1 for it to open and once it opened, it seemed like people got very aggressive...on the slope, in the line...everywhere. It was that way until about noon and then chilled out again to what seemed more normal. Is this pretty normal for a powder day in Summit County or just an anomoly because of the crowd that day?

2) I'm pretty comfortable riding my snowboard but I still do stupid, embarrasing things when stopped or going slow...I'll fall over for no good reason. It always seems that I crash in the lift line once a season at least and I hit the barn wall at the top of Blue Sky Basin (Vail) getting off the lift. Just dumb stuff. Does this ever go away or is it just my own personal nightmare that will keep me laughing at myself until the day I die?

3) Do you guys still try new stuff or stick with the tried and true?

I'm very impressed with your riding day totals...I don't think I could do it. Hats off to you gents!

Dean
I wouldn't say I'm more or less cautious as I'm aware of what is going on with the snow, conditions, wind, people around me, etc. etc. Last year I dislocated my elbow on X mas day and was out for 6 weeks but came back and still got over 100 days. Some days are better than others and you get wrecked.

To answer your question about aggressiveness. I charge when it's a pow day so if you're in my way I will let you know. I go fast and hard and I'm usually done by Noon as I've gotten my fill, can't speak for others.

That's all you with falling over.

Part of what I do is riding new equipment all the time. There's days I'll ride my stuff but right now I'm just finishing up some stragglers for product review.


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When I did this big mountain challenge a couple months ago I got talking to a few of the competitors who rode 5+ days a week. Most of them lived in Banff or Canmore and worked as bartenders, waiters, one was a grocery store stock boy who worked nights.

They all put snowboarding before anything else in their life, and picked the job to work around their hobby. Unfortunately (or fortunately) guys like me are focused on work first and hobbies second. So for me I'm thrilled to have done 36 days so far this year, and I'd like to hit 40. Next year I'm going to likely patrol, so I hope to do more days than that.

On the other hand, by putting my career first, guys like me will be more likely able to retire comfortably in their 50s instead of 60s, and can spend the last 20 years of their life enjoying retirement instead of having to keep scraping by. (this is vs. guys working dead end jobs to live the mountain life)
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Another option is to work close to a mountain but not on it.

I am about 40 minutes away from one. It combines both and I can still get a decent day count per year.
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When I did this big mountain challenge a couple months ago I got talking to a few of the competitors who rode 5+ days a week. Most of them lived in Banff or Canmore and worked as bartenders, waiters, one was a grocery store stock boy who worked nights.

They all put snowboarding before anything else in their life, and picked the job to work around their hobby. Unfortunately (or fortunately) guys like me are focused on work first and hobbies second. So for me I'm thrilled to have done 36 days so far this year, and I'd like to hit 40. Next year I'm going to likely patrol, so I hope to do more days than that.

On the other hand, by putting my career first, guys like me will be more likely able to retire comfortably in their 50s instead of 60s, and can spend the last 20 years of their life enjoying retirement instead of having to keep scraping by. (this is vs. guys working dead end jobs to live the mountain life)
yep. my current retirement plan involves dieing behind the line in a kitchen somewheres.

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yep. my current retirement plan involves dieing behind the line in a kitchen somewheres.
lol, death by cleaver or cocaine overdose?!? I used to work as a cook, although not a very good one unfortunately. I only made it a few months.

I didn't mean to insult anyone with my comments, just that I think all the time about leaving my good paying job in the city for a life on the hill, and I keep thinking about retirement...
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lol, death by cleaver or cocaine overdose?!? I used to work as a cook, although not a very good one unfortunately. I only made it a few months.

I didn't mean to insult anyone with my comments, just that I think all the time about leaving my good paying job in the city for a life on the hill, and I keep thinking about retirement...
no no you hit the nail on the head. although I'm guessing more like heart attack or stroke.

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Then there's the toll it takes on your body that I doubt very few on here can comprehend.
Jesus, this right here. I sometimes wish it weren't so frowned upon to harvest body parts from other people to use as your own.

I need me a new pair of feet.
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