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Old 05-02-2013, 12:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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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.
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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 don't know if it's derogatory, I think it might just be a perception. If you're asking for advice on bindings, and somebody has 60 days on the hill this year on several different bindings, his opinion would be worth more to me than a guy that bought one set and has 5 days a year on them.

For me it probably takes 5 days just to get my legs and lungs back in the shape. I started in 1992 (on a proper board that is) but until the last 6 years or so my longest season was 15 days. I feel like my boarding has changed more in the last 3 seasons of rocky mountain riding than it had in the previous 17 years of boarding before.

Boarding is tons of fun, and there's nothing wrong with only being able to get out 5-10 times a year. But if you're serious about getting seriously good, you've got to get out more than that! Beside who wouldn't want to get out as much as possible?!?
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I only get about 20 days a year (started around '98), and I never take offence. I think on the forum it is more out of fun posting a comment than any real problem. It's all about the newbs/5 day'ers attitude. If the guy is talking about getting new gear every season, like the dude who i talked to in keystone. He was on his 3rd board of the season, and the board he tried to sell me was a perfect brand new Never Summer w/zero scratches (unfortuntely to small for me), or the people who blame their gear for their ability. I understand having issue with these people, whether it's on a forum or on the mountain.

But for me the only people who I hate and truly take offence too being on the mountain are the people who stop on a run and stand beside a barrier (get fucking behind them), or stop dead center on a run (get to the fucking side). You're in the way, and creating a safety issue, AND I don't care if you're a 100 day'er or a newb-i hate you!
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You'll find that the people who are derogatory tend to be that way all the time. Some people are helful, some people are indifferent, some people are dicks. Just like with real people.

Just ignore the richards. If they keep piling on, then they're baiting and that's where a mod gets involved.
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Some people are helpful, some people are indifferent, some people are dicks.
And some people are creepers!!! lol
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I feel like my boarding has changed more in the last 3 seasons of rocky mountain riding than it had in the previous 17 years of boarding before.
Just curous, where were you before and why do you think you progressed so much in the Rockies? Backcountry terrain, snow quality, no distractions?

Maybe I need to move.
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Just curous, where were you before and why do you think you progressed so much in the Rockies? Backcountry terrain, snow quality, no distractions?

Maybe I need to move.
I was in Ontario before, most of my boarding was on a 720 ft vert hill with nothing but groomed runs (and a good park). Plus I did about 5 days a year at Jay Peak, Tremblant, or some of the other bigger hills in the east.

Moving to the rockies, I got way more days on the hill, and I'm riding WAYYYYYYY more off-piste stuff than I ever have before. Jay Peak is great for glades, but nothing compares to the rockies for rocks, cliffs, etc.

So I think it's about 50% the higher amount of time on the snow, and 50% the more variable terrain.

Not sure what all of washinton is like, but the snow in the vancouver area really sucked when I was there! I hate to sound like a whiner but it was crusty/slushy/sticky. Even the "powder" was heavy... Whistler wasn't as bad, but still not good, and that was in late January.

I guess it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I love the hills around Calgary!

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Thanks...I was wondering if it had to do with seeing the folks going to the mountains, taking 5 runs the whole weekend and telling everyone how they "killed it this weekend" while standing at the water cooler monday morning.

I think it is a state of mind more than anything. We all can respect someone that is out there giving it their all trying to improve and progress regardless of it being 5 days or 150 days.

You are so correct about the equipment end of things. I bought my first board in 1989 and road that same Sims Fakie 163 for 20 years before branching out. Now, I try to buy 2 new boards each year and at least one new set of bindings to discover my own preferences. I keep finding things that I like better so I guess I'll just keep doing that
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Not sure what all of washinton is like, but the snow in the vancouver area really sucked when I was there! I hate to sound like a whiner but it was crusty/slushy/sticky. Even the "powder" was heavy... Whistler wasn't as bad, but still not good, and that was in late January.
Well I think wet and heavy what generally comes to mind when describing PNW snow. Got two pow days at Stevens this year where the moisture level in the snow was way less than normal and it was rad. Plus I made a trip to Bachelor where its a bit more arid. Riding was a lot easier and I had legs to try and push it all day. My firend from Utah came out and rode here for the first time and he felt the same way you did.

We get a lot of snow so I'm not complaining.
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