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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?!? :yahoo:
 

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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. :laugh:

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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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! :yahoo:
 

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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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There's two ways to look at this:

1. Are they condescending?
2. Are they ribbing me so I ride more?

There's some people out there that open their mouths about snowboarding when I'm talking about things that I say to myself, "well they're a fucking moron and obviously don't ride" and then there's people that I say to myself, "this guy gets it but I'm going to bust his cubicle jockeying ass so he tries to ride more".

It's up to the individual to decide how they want to take it as sometimes sarcasm can not come across the Internet so clearly. With that said fuck you all I went and rode pow all day today for day like 200 of the season.
 

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With that said fuck you all I went and rode pow all day today for day like 200 of the season.
I was watching the POW cam all day yesterday at Loveland and seriously wishing I could relocate Kansas and pull Missouri next to Colorado...sounds like it would have been worth the trip...just not worth the divorce :) ha ha

You suck...but in an I'm jealous way! :D

200 freaking days...living the dream right there...I think that would seriously cut into my motorcycle road racing though :) Racing at Heartland Park this weekend and it is snowing here right now...we raced there in the hail before...I guess I just need studded snow tires for the weekend :yahoo:
 

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Then you get the guys who ride a couple hundred days a season and like to rub our faces in it... :laugh:

Nothing but envy here, and not afraid to admit it.
 

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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.
You weren't.

Fuck haters.

This is the internet, after all, and lots of people unfortunately get caught up in bragging rights or whatever. Also, it's easy to be a dick on the internet.

But seriously, 43 days is a damn solid season. Sure, on enthusiast forums like this you will have a disproportionate number of 100+ day riders, but that's literally like, 1% of all snowboarders. Probably less than that. The average boarder/skier goes like, 5 or 6 times a year. So, for everyone who rides 100 days, there's like 20 other dudes who are only getting out to the mountain twice.
 

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I used to get like 10-20 day a year for my first 5 years boarding. I moved to colorado a couple years ago and this year am around 150 days so far. Still have another month of abasin being open. The more days yo ride, the better you get.

I give people a hard time all the time that live here and ride or ski 15-30 days a season and have become powder snobs. The can't keep up on pow days cause they don't ride enough. Some people that's aren't rally into it but like to hype themselves up, I just don't even bother talking to them. 30+ days is respectable. After being on the mountain a lot you can judge people and how much the ride by how the handle themselves with their gear. Posers/gapers are very easy to spot. 75 day a year rider/skiers are also easy to spot.... I don't really care though, as long as they mind their own business and don't start talking smack, I will always answer questions or let a lost individual follow me to get them to a lift safely and back to the right side of the mountain.
 

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Also, BA has told people before and I agree. Getting over 100 days is really an undertaking and takes definite dedication to get out there every day. Well, he said it more like no fuckin way you get 100 days..... But I have found out exactly what he means over the last couple years. There are no a lot of us that do it.
 

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Getting over 100 days is really an undertaking and takes definite dedication to get out there every day.
Here are my assumptions:
1) You work a normal job
2) You live close to the mountains
3) Ski season is from Nov through May (7 total months)

With 7 total months of ski season, you have the potential for 60 total weekend days. That means you have figured out how to go snowboarding for at least 90 days during the week (so far). That is simply amazing....nicely done!

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over 100 days...

Here are my assumptions:
1) You work a normal job
2) You live close to the mountains
3) Ski season is from Nov through May (7 total months)

With 7 total months of ski season, you have the potential for 60 total weekend days. That means you have figured out how to go snowboarding for at least 90 days during the week (so far). That is simply amazing....nicely done!

Dean
1."Normal" jobs (m-f 9-5) are not very conducive to getting over 100 days(imo). I think Argo is a nurse, I'm a kitchen thug (nights), most people who actually work in the snowboarding industry who I have met like BA often double the days guys like Argo and I get in (this statement about guys in the industry is full of caveats, there are many snow-related jobs where the person doesn't ever get to ride, from big time reps who live in Denver and its just work work work, to the lifties who get paid in skittles to stand there and watch the rest of us shred). Also Argo lives like RIGHT THERE so he gets in a ton of days and a real job....

2.I live an hour from the mountain, which is not that close, but also not too far for a semi-daily commute.

3.Abasin ran OCT-JUL 2 years ago.

What Argo said about commitment is key. Unless your livelihood (cough cough BA, Cro) is to go out and shred with kids everyday, getting tons of riding days takes doing. It is my #1 priority during the season bar everything else(I even make less money during the winter, what the fuck do I care about money if my car will get me to the mountain), and everyone who knows me knows this. I know plenty of people with 10-30 days but their priorities are all fucked.
 
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