29 Nov, 2008
So while I’m waiting for the rest of the mountain to open I have been thinking about this season’s goals for snowboarding. I like to set goals at the start of the season and see how I did at the end of the season. I’ve found it’s always good to set goals, I always try to meet my goals but also set them at levels I can reach them. Looking back on my seasons as a snowboarder, I’ve had ups and downs as a rider.
Days on Snow:
I’m well on my way to 100+ days on snow for the 08-09 season, 20 days already for the early season and still have over 4 months of winter left. For those who don’t know, I work a full time M-F job to pay my bills and I still manage to ride throughout the winter.
I count any day that I strap into my snowboard, make turns as a day on snow. Whether it’s a ride break that is 2 hours long or a whole day of snowboarding.
Going to get this cold taken care of on Monday, after a co-worker reminded me that last winter I spent a month coughing because I wouldn’t take time off snow and rest after a cold.
I have spent 20 days on snow without a knee brace. After knee surgery a couple years ago, I kept using my knee brace on snow to make me feel more secure and stable. Last season I used it but didn’t need to and this year, I plan to not use it at all.
I have started riding rails again, spend today going over a couple rails in the mini park and will continue to work on it. I’ll work on boardslides and baby steps to get more comfortable on rails.
I love to ride halfpipe, but I really want to work on my spins, grabs and riding switch comfortably in the superpipe whether it’s here in Steamboat or Breckenridge. I also want to get more of my friends in the halfpipe, since a lot of them don’t ride it at all.
I want to be a better all around rider this season, whether it’s freeriding or park. Last year I spent most of my time freeriding or riding halfpipe. I’m going to continue to ride with friends who push me and I have fun with on the mountain.
One of my bigger feats this year is my backcountry riding, being knowledgeable and trained in backcountry awareness. I still need to get a beacon, but everything else I have ordered and am ready to go into the woods to find the serene and quiet of backcountry lines.
I’ll continue to write about snowboarding, review gear and make this blog worth checking back for. I’m working on a couple new things for the blog and some things I think will make it more usuable, accessible and fun for readers.
I hope to continue to meet my readers on the mountain and make turns with people I have met through this blog. If anyone comes to Steamboat, always feel free to shoot me an email and we can make turns.