24 Mar, 2010
I took the last two days off to get back into the swing of things but the snow definitely called me today with bluebird skies and what looked to be a great day for park. I know I’m riding park a lot this year, but man I am addicted!
While I was gone last week, the 10-11 Cadence arrived at my house for some reviewing but it had to wait till today to hit the snow. I definitely appreciate the days when I can take a board out for multiple days to really see how it handles when it comes to review time. Next year’s cadence has the park system and grip tech, first time for both of those and my union highback arrived so I’m not riding on a busted highback anymore which made today even better!
Since it’s late season in Steamboat, the lower mountain where the park and pipe is means a slushfest and I find that it requires more skill. The pipe today was rideable on one wall (my bad wall) but that forced me to do better than normal since it was all I hit. After seeing the shape it was in, I headed into the medium park where my first hit I completely ate it and smacked my head good. Luckily for me I wear a helmet. I ended up staying out there and kept lapping it despite the hard fall and did better as the day went on. Even though I was riding alone, I met a couple lifties and ended up lapping park with them.
Usually a couple times a year I encounter stupidity on the mountain and I have my moments as well but I’m generally well aware of my skill level and surroundings that it’s less common. However when a young skier who has no parents with him decides to hit the 30+ foot jump in the large park…and lands to flat, just lying there crying…I really wonder. There are plenty of signs to tell the kid he’s out of his league, these are large jumps and there are no parents around so this kid doesn’t know any better but I definitely hope that someday more mountains require park passes. Even though they are a hassle for locals to deal with and cost more money, I’d totally love to get rid of the people who have no place in a large park environment and with one bad fall can ruin it for everyone.
Since it’s so bluebird and slushy out, it’s time to wax the boards up for tomorrow’s shredding.