2010 Season Goals
02 Oct, 2009
Winter is rapidly approaching here in Colorado and soon I’ll be hitting the slopes with friends in that happy place. Each season I try to set goals for myself and my riding that are within my reach. I’m coming up on my 16th year of riding and while I certainly am not going pro anytime soon, it doesn’t mean my 16th year of riding can’t be a year of progression and another year of fun.
I’m just stoked and ready for winter!
Days on snow:
Each year I strive for 100+ days on snow. I ended the 08-09 season with 106 days which is my high record since I’ve moved to Colorado. In relation to days on snow is what’s known as keeping-my-day-job which means there are always some powder days I won’t get to ride or deadlines that I have to skip out on riding for…and luckily for me, I still get to ride a lot. Definitely for this year, I will continue to ride as long as I possibly can and I will make the trip out to Mt Hood again.
Last spring I had surgery that required over a month of taking it easy but I feel 100% again and the pain hasn’t come back even when I was snowboarding this summer and took falls. I’ve taken to the gym to warm up for the winter, getting swimming laps in, rowing and getting myself back in shape for the winter.
For the first time since knee surgery in 2004, I’ll be heading back to the knee surgeon to find out if my screw needs to come out of my knee since it’s been for some reason noticeably bothering me lately.
It felt good to end the season at Windell’s Camp where I received coaching to help me dial in my park tricks but the true test will be back on snow in the parks this season as I work harder to progress my park riding. I already feel more confident ollie’ing onto rails, trying longer features and playing with boardslides and 50-50’ing rails. Goals this year are to hit features consistently through the park (not just skip by them) and work on quarterpipes every chance I get.
I’ll continue to play in the halfpipe because it’s soo much fun for me but this year I want to get handplants.
Just being on snow with my friends, meeting new shredders and spending the winter enjoying the mountain finding new spots to ride and trying out new gear are the main goals.
I love to travel and each winter I really look forward to hitting up new mountains and locations. This winter I’ll be riding alot at my home mountain, Steamboat and riding Breck and Keystone when I go to summit county. But I’m definitely going to check out other Colorado mountains like Vail, Beaver Creek, Crested Butte, Telluride to see what they have to offer. I’m hoping to make another trip or two to Utah throughout the season and ride mountains I missed out on last winter. The Vermont trip is set for March and I’ll be spending a week in Vermont to ride the mountains. Finally there’s winter is complete without a trip back to Washington for events and shredding.
I am really excited for this winter with the blog and will continue to write daily on the subject of snowboarding. I’ll continue to document my riding days, traveling to events, events, companies I visit, interiews, product reviews galore and articles.
I am now making income from the blog from advertisers, money that goes directly back into the blog with stickers and expenses. There are limited ads in place (the last one will be added soon) and you won’t see a company that isn’t part of snowboarding featured on this site. That was a goal of mine to achieve and I definitely am glad that I can run this blog, figure out how to make advertising work for it and still have you guys.
Giveaways will continue to happen, the twitter giveaways have been popular and I’m definitely looking into doing more of those when I travel. I also will be doing a snowboard giveaway this year that will be open to anyone and you’ll hear more on that when it gets closer.
I also want to continue meeting you guys on the mountain, make some turns and maybe a shred with shay day if anyone is interested.
Finally the biggest goal of the season is to have fun, because that’s what snowboarding is meant to be and I love the fun factor.
What are your own personal goals for this winter for snowboarding, traveling?