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Old 12-22-2013, 01:14 PM   #171 (permalink)
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OMG!!! THAT was a long trip!!!!
We stayed in a hotel close to the airport as our flight was at 6:30 but was delayed on the apron until 7:10! We was in a 757-200 so not the biggest plane out there and the take off was the roughest I've ever had!!! Once we got up the flight went nice and quickly!

The connection however is a different matter..... 3hours in a coach is not what I call fun!!!!

Anyway, we got to our hotel un-packed and decided to walk into town, a nice walk in blazing sunshine and clean, fresh air would do us the world of good!!!
Holy crap! Our hotel's at the top of a VERY steep hill!!! The walk back was very dark, very cold and VERY UP HILL! Lol....

Going back to the un-packing.... What a dumb ass I am... I left my GoPro at home....

I guess I'll be going back into town for a new one! S**t!!!

The good news is... We hit the slopes first thing in the morning!!!! Wo-Hooo...

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Old 12-22-2013, 05:07 PM   #172 (permalink)
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Just read this whole thread! keep us posted man! Your improvements make me feel like absolute crap... seeing as I'm half your age, and rode 30 days on real snow last year and only just mustered up the courage to hit boxes within my last 3 days on the mountain... good job man. Guess i just need to suck it up and do it. My hat is definately off to you, enjoy your trip!
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:09 PM   #173 (permalink)
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Thanks andrewdod but I do have a very long way to go....

So... That's the first trip onto a real mountain over!
We got there and after alot of early snow at tge end of November and a few flurries after that, the first two days there were bathed in glorious sunshine!
The problem there was the slopes were very hard and icy! I did find it hard to keep an edge and for the most part, my board chattered and vibrated all the way...???

The next day, we got a little snow... MUCH better! The place wasn't super busy so it was a much better day...

Then it happened... Over Christmas eve night and Christmas day, we got a MASSIVE dump!!! Over a meter on the slopes!!! My God! What an awesome experience!!! The pistes were groomed to death and it was Planet Carve all day....

That night there was more very light snow but nothing to change anything....
Something that did change was that we went out for a pre-booked Christmas meal.... All I can say is that I spent the next day either in bed or being violently sick!!!

The next day, I was much better and ride I did... I did a few light powder runs and that was a new challenge... I did get stuck too! Lol...

I also hooked up with another boarder and we hit another resort.
This place was a little weird! The blues were like reds and I almost killed myself on the "reds"!!!
On the way back down the local slope, on a red... I took a fall after catching my heel edge and did a tripple cartwheel, head feet, head feet, head feet arse... Lol... I came out of it unhurt... Two seconds later, my friend got hit by another boarder and dislocated his shoulder... My word, that was a hard but bloody great day!!!

I only got the one day on the park and it was a very windy day so I didn't attempt any big jumps but the rest of the park was mine!

I will post some pic's and a video when we've pulled them all together....

The bottom line... In Febuary, I started snowboarding and now, I've taken it to the mountain. There have been a few falls along the way and I know there will be more to come but I have plenty to learn, still so a few falls are worth it. I have had an awesome journey so thank you all for the help and advice.

Happy new year folks!
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:01 AM   #174 (permalink)
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Sounds like you have had an awesome experience on your first real trip...!!! There will always be an adventure wherever you go and stories will always be told that is for sure...

Have you considered your next trip yet...??? Always try to look for somewhere different, you may well have a favourite place, but finding new places to explore is so much fun...

You should try somewhere with more park as an example, looks for weekend trips etc.

We have Tryvann in Oslo, which is very park orientated, not huge, but, very well equipped parks, and great for a weekend away, and with flights available from Gatwick return with board bag for anywhere between 100-160 not an expensive weekend if you look to do it on a budget...

I regularly have friends over to me, and they are always glad for a few days away for so cheap, but i can always get free lift passes for my local slope for friends, which helps with costs...

Oslo also has the advantage of only being 15 minutes on a tram from the city centre, so gives you the nightlife and Oslo experience as well...

If you ever consider it, let me know, and i will come board with you... Hehe. There is also another user from this forum who is just down the road, TRADNWAVES4SNOW is from Aus, but is now here, so you will not be alone...
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Sounds like you have had an awesome experience on your first real trip...!!! There will always be an adventure wherever you go and stories will always be told that is for sure...

Have you considered your next trip yet...??? Always try to look for somewhere different, you may well have a favourite place, but finding new places to explore is so much fun...

You should try somewhere with more park as an example, looks for weekend trips etc.

We have Tryvann in Oslo, which is very park orientated, not huge, but, very well equipped parks, and great for a weekend away, and with flights available from Gatwick return with board bag for anywhere between 100-160 not an expensive weekend if you look to do it on a budget...

I regularly have friends over to me, and they are always glad for a few days away for so cheap, but i can always get free lift passes for my local slope for friends, which helps with costs...

Oslo also has the advantage of only being 15 minutes on a tram from the city centre, so gives you the nightlife and Oslo experience as well...

If you ever consider it, let me know, and i will come board with you... Hehe. There is also another user from this forum who is just down the road, TRADNWAVES4SNOW is from Aus, but is now here, so you will not be alone...
Thanks Kevin, that's awesome of you!

The new year will be full on so I'm not sure if/when I'll be able to get away from work.
On our trip to Andorra, the rep asked if I would mind riding with another loan boarder as my wife and daughter were taking lessons and his wife didn't board/ski....

I was a little un-easy with this as I didn't want to hold him up and he had much more experience than I...

It turned out we had the best time and I now have a new friend out of it!

If I do get a chance of a weekend break, I'll deffinately drop you a line...
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:55 AM   #176 (permalink)
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I quite often ride alone, being that all my friends over here work, so i find that i spend a lot of time on the slopes on my own, which is not a problem for me, i quite like it, but i have also met loads of people getting on the lift that are also alone, and have boarded the day with them, and they have become great boarding buddies, which is always good as they send messages if they are going to see who is around...

It is amazing how many people you will meet if you are outgoing, and you can always learn from others regardless of your experience, i ride a fair bit with a guy called Stian Sivertzen, who is a pro SBX rider, and i am always chasing him down on the slopes when we do ride together, it pushes my limits, and is fun, and he is always cool to ride with, and we do have a laugh, he is one of the guys who spends time riding with my stepson, who he always asks after, and if is there rides with him, as he likes the kids to learn and do better, so it is all experience.

Norwegians can tend to be a bit reserved, but once they open up and get chatting they are much like everyone else, and they have a great attitude.

I was very worried about not knowing anyone when i moved here, now i have so many good boarding buddies from just sitting on the lift...!!!

Glad you had a good time with your experience, and you should always be willing to open your mind, and see what happens...

I remember flying back from Norway to the UK, to go on a snowboarding holiday with 3 friends, in Hemsedal Norway, it was cheaper to do this, for me, and as 4 blokes together, who came across as "lads" on a holiday, the rep on the transfer for our resort, was talking down to us, and telling us how we had to behave etc, and that all the others got an easy time, but no, not us... Was so amusing on the transfer back, as we had NO contact with her at all, stayed right away, and just had nothing to do with the tour company, and apparently, we where the easiest, the others (couples, professional people like doctors etc) where nothing but trouble to her, noise, drunkeness, accidents etc... But us, well appearances can be very deceptive, plus i already knew how Norway worked, so we knew the ins and outs, which the others didn't... Was a very humbling experience for her to talk to us on the way back... Haha And just goes to show...

I always try to have time for others, and if i see someone struggling on a slope alone, will always stop to see how they are, if i can give a few pointers, even half an hour of my time to help them down safely even... It makes for a good feeling i think, and helps build a community of people who are not just out for themselves...

I am currently helping a 15 year old girl of a Polish guy with snowboarding, they can all ski, but they live here, and she wanted to learn snowboarding, she is getting there very quickly, and now has enrolled in the same school as Sneaky for lessons, and has made even more friends her own age, all from a chance meeting, i have another friend, who looks at snowboarders in a very different way to how he did last season... Hehe

Do let me know if you want any more info on Norway for a weekend, and i will help out with as much info/help as i can...
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I always try to have time for others, and if i see someone struggling on a slope alone, will always stop to see how they are, if i can give a few pointers, even half an hour of my time to help them down safely even... It makes for a good feeling i think, and helps build a community of people who are not just out for themselves...

I am currently helping a 15 year old girl of a Polish guy with snowboarding, they can all ski, but they live here, and she wanted to learn snowboarding, she is getting there very quickly, and now has enrolled in the same school as Sneaky for lessons, and has made even more friends her own age, all from a chance meeting, i have another friend, who looks at snowboarders in a very different way to how he did last season... Hehe

Do let me know if you want any more info on Norway for a weekend, and i will help out with as much info/help as i can...
You know what they say, "What goes around, Comes around" I have a good feeling about your future! You're a great guy Kevin and 2014 will treat you well!
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Ok, so a week has passed since we got back and sure, I am missing it already!!!

Something else I'm missing is one of my cases...
This contains the chargers for the lap top, and my phone.

All of the clothes I took and... My GoPro!!! I have some pics on my phone and a pocket camera but all of the good stuff is on the GoPro.... Not that it's that good as I was having problems with that too but.... IF Ido get it back, I will put a video together and post it here....

For now though, I'll see what I can do on the PC.... hold fire!....
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Are you in contact with the airline?
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Are you in contact with the airline?
Yeah, They told me mid-week it was in Toulouse and they was trying to get it on an EasyJet flight.
Failing that, it was the next Thompson Flight (yesterday) to be delivered today... Still nothing....
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