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post #1541 of 2938 (permalink) Old 12-06-2011, 03:11 PM
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Hi all ! 36 yr old dude from south jersey getting into snowboarding this season . A buddy of mine gave me a board (matt smith silence 153)to use , just got boots (vans encore boa )and bindings(ride ltd) . Tring to learn as much about the sport as i can before I hit the mountain for the first time.
Be careful though....it's very addictive As I mentioned in my intro a few pages back, born and raised in South Africa, and while we have snow there on some very big mountains, 3000+meters, the only resort closed down a few years ago. But it was while working at an American resort 10 years ago at the tender young age of 24 that I discovered snowboarding. Lets just say I got hooked, been obsessed with it ever since. So, enjoy, you won't be sorry I'm not....but my friends and family think I'm nuts.
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Hey all! I'm 18 from Sioux Falls, SD and been riding for about 4 years (figured I should probably join after a year or two of creeping). Don't have much powder or really anything around here so I travel a lot, mostly freeride and pow outside of here, otherwise I'm stuck with groomers. Really hoping to progress this season, first few years had some luck with some broken bones! And.. just invested in a 2012 NS Infinity and I'm trying it out this weekend so I'm super stoked!
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Hello!

I'm a middle-aged rider from the suburbs of Detroit. Locally I ride at Mt. Holly (I'm pretty anxious for this season to get started). Most years I take a couple trips east, and occasionally I do trips west. This year I have two one-week trips planned to Sugarbush, Vermont. For long weekends I sometimes go to Bristol Mt. in New York or Nubs Nob in northern lower Michigan.

I have two sons, almost 3 and 5-1/2. I had my older son on downhill skis last season, and he'll be on skis again this year (he did great). Next year I'll let him switch to snowboarding.

See you on the slopes.
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Be careful though....it's very addictive As I mentioned in my intro a few pages back, born and raised in South Africa, and while we have snow there on some very big mountains, 3000+meters, the only resort closed down a few years ago. But it was while working at an American resort 10 years ago at the tender young age of 24 that I discovered snowboarding. Lets just say I got hooked, been obsessed with it ever since. So, enjoy, you won't be sorry I'm not....but my friends and family think I'm nuts.
I feel ya !! I work with a bunch of boarders they keep telling how much fun i'm gonna have once i get a couple lessons under my belt.
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Hello Everyone, New to the forum, but have been riding off and on for years across Canada. Currently in Southern Ontario, Canada, so my home mountains are: Holiday Valley N.Y./Kissing Bridge/Blue Mtn.(collingwood). Hope to learn and contribute and on this site. Cheers and Let's get the season started!!!
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I forgot to add, the resort I speak of in South Africa while on some very big mountains only had 2 slopes of 500meters each, often no natural snow, so 100% man made, and when people find out I'm from South Africa one of the first things they ask is do I surf, and the answer is, never. Yet South Africa has world class waves, Jeffrey's Bay is in the world top 10 spots, yet considering all this, I snowboard.....go figure.

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Hey everyone, just signed up the other day, I'm 24 from Michigan and I've been riding since 10th grade so about 8 years. I'm currently riding an 08 Butron Dominant but looking to get either a Custom X or a monkey wrench this season.
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"Addicted" Mate it does not take long.
lol as I have learned lol
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Bellingham WA and Stevens Pass

I'm a long-time snowboarder. I live in Bellingham, WA, the city of subdued excitement, and switched over to riding snow skates about four years ago. Last year, the general manager at Mt. Baker, my local mountain, decided that snow skates were unfit for his chair lifts (I had ridden there two years in a row before it became an issue), which is unlike every other mountain in the state. This was dutifully written up in Starfish, the snowskate mag, but it hasn't changed their policy. I'm also old enough to remember that type of discrimination, and when Mt. Baker was the progressive resort that let snowboarders like Terry Kidwell, purple spandex tights and all, on the mountain. If Mt. Baker wants to be like Deer Valley, fine, but it still was a sad day to realize that it was no longer the resort for me. I won't support them financially.

So now I ride at Stevens Pass. I have a short freestyle deck (Danny Kass 36") and a longer Florida Powderskate. I mostly stick to blue runs as tackling black diamonds with no bindings are a bit out of my reach so far. I love powder days, the only days I get out the Powderskate.

I'd really like to meet other people to go riding at Stevens Pass in Washington State.

No, you don't have to ride a snow skate too; there's so few of us out there. Instead, I'd ask that you like riding trees, particularly the squirrel trail at Stevens and all the similar sweet spots. I don't ride park much but occasionally will have a go; not having bindings makes rail slides a whole other challenge.I'm also as fast as I can be on a snowskate, but that's not necessarily as fast as someone on an all mountain board who's bombing the run.

This year I'm probably going to be on the Muffin Run bus on Tuesdays, starting in January. Meeting at the mountain or on the bus would be fine. Alternatively, I'd be happy to share driving duties from Bellingham on other days than Tuesday.
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Hey

Alright I'm new to the site and snowboarding. I'm in Germany for now waiting for the mountains to open up. If anyone has advice for me please let me know.
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