Though they’re on the way to a 700" year in Utah, the pair of skis that I shipped home at the end of my last trip, arrived this past week. All in all, a good year. I was happy with how I improved.
I find that as I’ve gotten better, I’m not so beat-up at the end of the year either. Over the last 9 years, I’ve gone from feeling like I got kicked in the balls, to getting punched in the stomach, to a sock on the jaw, to the occasional bitch-slap.
These are, I think, my two favorite pics of the year. The top is at Snowbird on a day full of snow, and the bottom is at Alta, with a bunch of friends from ML.
I like the one below because I love teaching, and I know what I was trying to explain here; and from the picture, I can tell that’s what I’m showing.
The low-level, chronic griping by snowboarders about not being allowed on Alta’s lifts, neglects a simple fact: the mountain is lousy for snowboarding. Most of the best places are at the end of long traverses.
Here are a couple of movies I took in the past week. Long traverses and some sidestepping, but with tasty rewards.
Below..powder and half-empty Alta parking lot. If you live here, you become very spoiled.
Actually, there was one crowd. A line formed as the Ski Patrol worked to get an area called Devil’s Castle open. The rope dropped and everyone started side-stepping. About ten minutes of huffing-and puffing, but worth it.
(Apologies for the blurb at the begining of the video. I do own this editing software, but my registered copy is on the home PC, so I used the trial version here)
Of course, there are people who are really willing to work for fresh tracks.