31 Dec, 2009
This week has been the busiest week of the season in Steamboat which meant more work and less play. Luckily I was able to get out today just as the week and year was coming to an end. We received over a foot of snow in the last 24 hours and plenty of people got great powder riding in today, I got some leftovers this afternoon but I know I’ll have more days later this season.
I first met Dave through snowboard.com years ago and since then we’ve kept in touch so when his family visits Steamboat for the holidays we are able to meet up for drinks and get some turns in. He works for Willi’s/Jib Shop out east so we tend to run in the same circles. Today was riding with him and his brother Brian.
We just lapped the parks on the mountain since it’s still quite busy on the slopes. I’ve been wanting to check out the park progress now that we have almost all 3 parks fully running. The biggest highlight was seeing Maverick’s terrain park features coming in while riding Bashor chairlift. I watched this summer as pine beetle kill trees were made into log jib features for the expert park and now they are in the snow.
I’m still at the beginner-intermediate park level so Rabbit Ears Park was perfect since I can ride one of the rails and the guys could hit all of them.
Dave on the flat down box
Brian on the rail
I ended up taking a variety of pictures since I am playing with my new snowboard camera for the season. During the Dew Tour I completely broke my Casio Exilim camera after drinking at the bars and that gave me reason to finally purchase the high speed version. Now it’s playtime with it on the mountain to capture a variety of shots and get used to the camera.
Dave going into the leftover powder near the trees
Now it’s a 3 day weekend so I can enjoy some much needed ride time on the mountain and ring in the new year with dreams of snowboarding for 2010.