2012 Season Goals

26 Oct, 2011

Time flies when you are having fun! That’s certainly the case considering this winter will be my 18th season snowboarding (crazy huh!). Each year I try to progress my snowboarding, share the journey and have fun doing it. This year I’m looking forward to another winter in California, riding new mountains and progress my own skills so I keep improving.

Days on snow:

I’ve been continuing to hit my goal of 100 days each year. Last year I ended with 127 days on snow and was really happy with the amount. I’ll continue to try to hit 100 days and looking forward to the season finally starting.


My foot is still recovering from a bruised heel but I’ve started back at the gym to get ready for this winter. My knees feel in great shape and it was really fun committing to jumping last season. Just hoping for another healthy year, staying outdoors as much as possible and making sure my season is long.


Last season I got back into jumping and went from small to medium jumps comfortably and playing with grabs. I had a lot of fun on the AcroBags and not being scared of air so hoping to continue that through this season. For rails, I felt more comfortable on boxes but I really didn’t continue the progression that I learned at Windells. So definitely wanting to step it up this year.

Overall Riding:

Definitely my goal is to have fun on the slopes, ride with rad people and just enjoy it. I had such a great time last season when I went up to Tahoe and rode with my family so hoping to continue to spend more time with them. I’d also like to ride some harder terrain, get into the backcountry more often with a splitboard and explore the terrain around Mammoth.


Last winter I stayed put and didn’t travel around as much. It was a good break but also just a break.  This winter I’ll continue to ride my home mountains: Mammoth and June but also explore the So-Cal mountains, Tahoe mountains and some other awesome places. I’m already planning a trip back to Colorado for the SIA Tradeshow and will be sticking around to ride my favorite mountains there and if time allows maybe a trip to Jackson Hole. I’ll definitely make the Holy Oly contest at Snoqualmie in Washington in the spring. Also looking into taking a week in the spring and wondering if I could pull off one of the three options: Tailgate Alaska, Whistler for Telus or Baldface for Frequency Week.  Excited for this winter!


Now that I’ve been doing Shayboarder for four years, it’s pretty easy to keep up the good work. I’ll continue to try and review snowboard gear, post up riding reports, offer up original stories and interview new people.

I will be making a return to SIA in Colorado in January 2012 to attend the tradeshow, check out the latest gear and test out the gear at the on-snow.  I’ll be staying longer than usual so I can spend time with friends, snowboard at my favorite resorts and just have a good time.

For this season I’ll continue to keep the Friday giveaways plus tons of other giveaways in store!  And as always will be updating my social media throughout the season. Looking forward to this season and continuing my riding!

What are your own personal goals for this winter for snowboarding, traveling?

About the author


From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. October 26, 2011

    My goals!
    1. I’d like to make a little 10 trick edit.
    2. Rail trip to SLC.

  2. martin beran
    October 26, 2011

    FS 360 w/ stalefish grab, nollie front flip and just more rail skills in general

  3. Nes.
    October 26, 2011

    I wanna hit the park this year! I’ve never tried to use any snow features or jibs out of embarrassment, I guess. But I found out that Bear Mtn has a cool skill builder park, with small boxes etc to learn on. Yay! It’ll def help put aside my (silly) fears.

  4. Geoff
    October 26, 2011

    I want to do more rails this year! And Shay, you’ve probably thought of this already but maybe you could do some video blogs this year just to change it up a little.

  5. James
    October 27, 2011

    To just be able to ride a good amount, hopefully as much as possible, & of course have fun, duh! 🙂

  6. Peterborough
    October 27, 2011

    My vote is Baldface for Frequency Week! Do you know if prices/dates are up yet?

  7. Snow Witch Elemental
    October 27, 2011

    For me, it is all about the powder and exploration of Kicking Horse area in Golden, Canada. Also backcountry, and more pow bowls. I bought two new pow boards for this season, so I hope I put them to a good use.

  8. October 27, 2011

    Awesome responses! Hope everyone gets to meet their goals!

    Peter, March 30-April 1 is Freq Week this year. There’s only a couple spots left but you arrange through Baldface for it. http://www.baldface.net/reservations/rates-availability