Yeah, I do nursing. I work evenings in the winter time. I'm right at 150 days since October. My son is between 185-190 somewhere.
It is very tolling on your body. It's more so because I ride all day and then have to fix all the broke people all night 3-11. The powder days from mid Jan on where killer on the legs. When I don't ride for a few days my joints hurt and muscles get real stiff. I'm trying to hike up vail or ride abasin a few times a week now until the mtn biking and hiking trails are open. Gonna go to Moab next weekend for 5 days for some biking and hiking.....
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.
I'm pretty much the same. I'm as aggressive as the dude pushing behind me. If they get all crazy, it gets ugly. Rarely happens, only once this season and it was actually a lifty being a total bitch. Unfortunate for her the mountain safety, patroller and lift manager all are friends of mine..... She had a bad day.
Everyone gets powder fever. Powder good... My group of 8-12 are always first gondola. We get lots of fresh lines and we are all pretty fast in all terrain. Such a good time charging and there are never really friends on pow days, people stay outta the way cause we are coming...
I'm relatively new to this forum and I seem to read several responses that seem derogatory toward people that don't get many days snowboarding. I don't understand why the harsh vibe toward them.
I started boarding in 1987 and I know some of the seasons between then and now only had 4-5 days. On those days (actually every day on the mountain is the same for me in this regard), I would be waiting in line at the lift for it to open and speed down the hill at 3:55 to get one more run. I would ride straight through and only take 15 minutes for lunch because I wanted to get as much time on the mountain as possible. I didn't progress much those years, but I sure had fun with the available time. Looking back, some of my favorite days were in those years because it was so important just to be able to go.
I got 43 days this year (14 in Colorado) and I'm over the moon happy about how much riding I got to do. I just never thought of myself as a poser in the years I was only able to ride 4-5 times. Any insight is appreciated.
I have been getting around 25 days the past two years. I have really progressed. Like every other weekend i take a drive to my house in VT and ride with my friends. I wish i could go more. I feel good/bad for the people that get only like 5 days. Good because they make the best of it and it is prob. better than any of my 25 days because they know that is what they got.
I only got 8 days in this season....they were o.k., but nothing like the consistent 2'+ dumps we had two years ago (where I got 20+ days). It's looking like the sierra nevada is only epic on "el nino" years - other than that, it's not much better than the east coast (excluding sun)
if you are a dedicated weekend warrior you can get over 50 days just by riding weekends if you ride where there is a typical mountain snow season. 100 is averaging 4 days a week which isnt all that physically demanding IMO. But they key is having a flexible/no job during the winter and keeping the stoke alive to get you there the next day.
I work a respectable, kinda seasonal job, live in a city and get to ride 100+ days. best of both worlds.
Fuck them fools. Anyone who started riding around 2000 and slags people for not getting enough days is a D-Bag.
I also started snowboarding in 1987 and have not managed to hit the 20 day mark most years since the late 90s. Thankfully this year I got more days in than most. Work, life, kids ....I'd ride every day if I could.
Keep trying to go as much as you can and do what makes you happy on the mountain.
I started riding in '85-86 at Mt BAKER and at 19 years old and a 4 10 hr work week, we were up at BAKER every Fri, Sat and Sun (BAKER wasn't open Mon-Thurs back in those days) rain or shine. It would dump Mon-Thru and Friday was always 2-3' fresh every week.
Now I'm lucky enough to have a job, that I can come and go whenever I like and typically get 20 (powder) days a year in. I ride with guys that we've been riding together for 27 years. The best day this year was just three weeks ago, when my buddy that I started riding with in '85 went up to Stevens after a fresh 11" dump, just like the old days, absolute blast.
Get up there when you can and enjoy, I feel most kids today wont be snowboarding 10 years from now, simply because they're into because it's cool/trendy. Back in the day. you would NEVER have heard anyone say "I used to snowboard", I see more snowboards crammed in the back of garages , that have maybe 1 season on them. These guys bitching about people only getting 20 or less days will more then likely join the "I used to snowboard" crowd.