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Old 10-26-2012, 09:04 AM   #1761 (permalink)
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See you at Mammoth this season! How did you land that gig?
A friend showed me I applied in august. After I accept the job at mammoth I got a job offer from breckenridge and snowbird
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:10 AM   #1762 (permalink)
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31 y/o Californian who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. First couple years I skied (10 & 11), and only went a handful of times with Boy Scouts. Over the next years transitioned to snowboarding and preferred renting boards in order to demo and learn what was best for me.

At 19 joined the Army, was stationed in Texas, and who'd a thunkt it, that Texas/New Mexico would be where I would really improve and learn to shred like I always wanted to. The only resort in the area was Ski Apache, a small resort in Ruidoso, New Mexico, 3.5 hours away doing the speed limit. 2.5-ish if doing 100+ mph wherever possible and completely disregarding speed limits. Good times. Most of the Indians working/running the resort were super unfriendly. But, some were great. I learned every little nook and cranny of the resort, and learned to love it and respect it for being a reservation ski resort, and for the historical aspect of it, imagining how the land was years prior. One day after riding I drove over to Roswell to look for aliens (hilarious little town actually), and another day I went to white sands national monument and snowboarded the Gypsum sand dunes with stealth fighters flying over head. Pretty awesome.

After a few 30+ days a year there, for two+ years, combined with road trips up to Colorado, and trips back to california (Tahoe) on leave, really got the hang of snowboarding, and it became my favorite thing in the world to do, along with fishing. Got out of the Army, moved to Sacramento, and helped run the Ski and Snowboard Club at sacramento state, leading ski trips to Whistler, bus trips to various tahoe resorts, contributing to video premieres for Forum and others, and helping with ski swaps. REally learned to love the Ski and snowboard industry, so much so I majored in business and commercial recreation and tourism. Spent some great days leading bus trips and and teaching others to ride. My favorite thing to do. Love watching someone who thinks they are awesome at everything, suck, work at it, and eventually get it, but hopefully with my guidance, faster than with a class.

On the mountain, frequent the park, big kickers (45 ft+ preferred), steeps and cliffs, and trees. Snowboarding allows me to do some pretty stupid, yet totally awesome, gut wrenching, and adrenaline inducing undertakings. Love it. Whistler, BC, large cliffs, steep chutes. WOW. Do Whistler Blackcomb!!

I now live in Switzerland in the heart of the alps. I am close to St. Anton am Arlberg, (Flims Laax Falera), Silvretta Montafon, Damuls, Solden, Ischgl, Lenzerheide, St. Moritz, and the list goes on. I have over 1,000 large and small resorts within a few hours drive, and can take the train direct to some and public transportation to others. Never needing to drive. Just got back from California and added two new boards to the quiver, a Never Summer Legacy 166, and a Libtech Skate Banana 159 W.

When not in the resorts, I am snowshoeing back country with my Swiss guide friends. They rock the skis with felt slip-ons to the top, I hike up on my MSR Lightning Ascents, with my snowboard on my Salewa 18L backcountry pack. Here in Europe, free-riding and hochtouren (high-moutain tours in English) are really popular. Awesome to get out into the alps with my guide friends, with my Mammut Barryvox Beacon on, and to spend an entire day hiking up these amazing slopes and peaks, to ski/snowboard down, completely alone. Very common here. Must say, pretty awesome. Some friends do it several times a week and seldom go to resorts.

If you ever want any tips of resorts and hotels to visit in the Vorarlberg, Tirol, Ostschweiz (East Switzerland) area, send me a message and will help you as best I can. Cheers, and pray for pow. Winter is around the corner!
Welcome to the community buddy. Sounds like you've had a lot of experiences, thanks for sharing some with us. Really gets us hyped to see others as stoked as us. Been all over haven't you? Really hoping one day to hit the Alps, maybe I'll ask you for some advice should I ever. Nice quivers, you'll fit in well with the community as you'll see lol
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:36 AM   #1763 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm Jessie. I'm 34 yrs old, a Michigan native and now live in Port Orchard, Washington. This is my second year back from a very long hiatus. I boarded in my high school years then joined the Navy. Life changed dramatically for me at that point with getting married having kids being deployed, and stationed overseas. Well after 14 years of dedicated service to our great country I am now a vet and back to civilian life.
I got back into boarding after hearing my step son talking about how his and I say this lightly, dad, had taken him once before and how much he enjoyed it. So last Christmas I got him and I boards and gear and so the fire was re-ignited. Now it's all either of us think about to the point that his mother/my wife gets tired of hearing about it . We spent all of last year shredding Crystal Mountain. This season I purchased passes for Summit as Snoqualmie But I'm sure we'll make trips back to Crystal as well as check out some of the other surrounding resorts. I have a good friend who lives in Salt Lake City, UT and we possibly may take a weekend trip to hit up Park City. Anyway that's my story. Ride safe and have fun this season!
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:03 PM   #1764 (permalink)
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Hi everyone. I'm Catherine, from NJ (Russia originally), 40 y.o. This will be my 27th season riding.
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:22 PM   #1765 (permalink)
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hey all

I picked up snowboarding in AK back in 2009, and I've never looked back since. Snowboarding for me isn't a hobby or interest, it's a passion. So I hope to learn and share much while I'm here.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:57 PM   #1766 (permalink)
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Hey everyone. Im 24, been on a extended break from snowboarding and just now getting back into it. Lol first time out last year busted my wrist. Living in Corona, CA and consider myself to be a intermediate boarder. Glad to be a part of the forums and if anyone wants to hit up bear this year hit me up.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:56 PM   #1767 (permalink)
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Newbie here from Ohio. I snowboarder for the first time while in high school over about 15-16 years ago. I gave up shortly after for the sake of partying more and girls. Anyway life has settled down and that's when I got the bug that myself and my boys should get out there. Naturally the wife is coming along for the ride as well. Anyway hope to get some good knowledge as I am sure things have changed.
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:17 AM   #1768 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by tylerkat89 View Post
Welcome to the community buddy. Sounds like you've had a lot of experiences, thanks for sharing some with us. Really gets us hyped to see others as stoked as us. Been all over haven't you? Really hoping one day to hit the Alps, maybe I'll ask you for some advice should I ever. Nice quivers, you'll fit in well with the community as you'll see lol
Thanks man. Have been coming to this site for along time, reading reviews and what not. Felt it was time to join the community. Have been many places. More than some, not nearly as much as many, nor as widespread as I desire. Jaskson Hole on the hit list. Utah. New Zealand. Chile.

This year: Tignes, 3 Vallees, Val D'Isere, Zermatt/Cervinia, and Chamonix Mont-Blanc.

Friends coming from California for three weeks, so I have to show them around. Will hit up St. Anton am Arlberg, Damüls, Ischgl (which is half in Austria and half in Switzerland. Swiss side: Samnaun). May hit up LAAX, & St. Moritz, and Davos Jakobshorn, then pop down to Italy: Cortina, Cervinia (and Zermatt), to Tignes/Val D'Isere, Chamonix Mont-Blanc and Tres Vallees. (P90X to get them legs ready)

If you have a sec, look on the internet for trail maps of these. HUGE in comparison to those in Tahoe, and Colorado. Many 1/2 the price.

Going to be a fun winter.

Ever need any tips, don't hesitate to ask! Happy carving.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:50 AM   #1769 (permalink)
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grew up in Nor-Cal and moved to PA after I got out of the Army. Can't surf in PA so I picked up snowboarding and have been obsessed for the last 3 years. cheers!
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:28 AM   #1770 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I signed up last winter and never really posted so I'm going to reintroduce myself!

I moved to Breck from the east coast a few weeks ago, and am working at the Ski & Ride School for the winter! Life is super awesome right now. I ride a 2011-12 Never Summer Proto CT, it's such a sweet board.

I'm contemplating on heading over to Keystone or A-Basin today to get my first turns of the season in, but there are only 3 decent runs open between the two of them We need some snow!!
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