Snowboarding weekend

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SnowboardingYesterday Akumi, Laura, Judy, and I drove to Mountain High (not a reference to smoking out) for a day of snowboarding. This would be my second time snowboarding since the big Conversion from skiing. Right now, I would rate myself as an intermediate snowboarder and advanced intermediate skiier.

Mountain High is only a two hour drive away from Los Angeles, which makes it ideal for a day trip. The only problem is that it’s only two hours away, meaning anybody and everybody shows up. To start the day, we took a lift up the beginner hill to get warmed up, and the hill looked like the aftermath of a battle scene from Lord Of The Rings. I’m talking Pellenor fields here, with bodies strewn all over the place. The beginners hill is in reality an obstacle course that would test even Hillary Lindh (Alaskan reference).

In any case, we had a great day of boarding. Akumi and I even tried a few jumps, though she fared much better than I did. When approaching the jumps, I need to learn to stay on my front edge. Rather than a “Need For Speed”, I have an intense “Fear Of Speed” when on a snowboard approaching a ramp. I’ll start my approach, gain some speed, and as I get close, start riding on my back edge where I feel very stable on the approach, but very unstable on the landing.

I welcome any snowboarding tips in my comments section.

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2 responses

  1. Avatar for Ray Dixon
    Ray Dixon March 3rd, 2004

    It's great to see another snowboarder coming on board! :)

    Here's a tip - ask a million people and you'll get at least a million different tips, so FWIW - try riding switch often - even if it's only for a short distance. I started riding switch on run outs, easier pitches, coming up to the lifts, etc. After a while, turning the board around got easier, then easy. Later, riding switch got easier. Then, riding switch while making turns both ways got easier. Eventually, I got to where I can pretty much ride either way in a pinch. It makes it a *lot* easier when riding in the trees (where you are sometimes forced to ride a line you wouldn't pick) and when doing jumps, rails, etc. It sharpens your balance and makes you a better overall rider.

    Plus, it's just plain sick when your friends see you take that 15 foot booter regular, flip that sucka around for a 180, then stomp it goofy and glide away. :)

  2. Avatar for (haac (haac March 4th, 2004

    Ok, what does riding "switch" mean? As it turns out, I naturally ride goofy.