Steamboat 1/17/08

17 Jan, 2008

Today was cold…in fact even just going outside was very very cold. It was in the negative degrees all day, -20 on the mountain in the morning and finally when I got to the mountain was still -1 but better than -20 out.

Heading up Christie

Even though I don’t have balls…I definitely had some to make it out today. Not that I’m a wuss when it comes to cold days, but some days are just harder to push yourself to be out there. Plus I forgot my warmer gloves, so I was rocking my Defcon’s protocol gloves with hand warmers to keep me warmer.

It was snowing a little bit, overcast cloudy day, cold and a lot of flat light. I was tempted to head up to the top of the mountain hoping for an inversion of warm air…but with the temps I chose to stay in the lower mountain and ride pipe.

Pipe was empty, park was empty. The pipe was rough since it was flat light, hard to see and not my best day in the pipe at all. The boardercross course is done and looked sweet but every time I saw people run through it…it looked too slow since the snow was stickying. I haven’t waxed my board since the last 7 times riding so I wasn’t up for getting stuck in the boardercross.

A snowboarder I saw cruising through the course

Even the park lifties kept asking why in the world I was out riding. I was like dude I gotta…I was going nuts inside without a break. January is a cold month of riding but damnit I still gotta get out. Luckily my face mask kept me pretty warm.

The last run getting down to the base was the worst. Riding pipe kept me pretty warm, but on the cat tracks to the bottom, it was brutal. Luckily I was covered up well enough to not get any frostbite.

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  1. socrdiva11
    January 19, 2008

    I hear ya on the cold weather, face masks are a godsend!!

  2. Shayboarder
    January 21, 2008

    I always keep them in my pocket now for the super cold days.