First ride of the season!

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    Dec 07, 2008 3:45 PM GMT
    So yesterday was my first ride of the season at Holiday Valley, NY. I went with a crazy french girl who is an awesome skiier, and she really stretched me! We really bombed down the slopes! Towards the evening, they light up all the slopes for night skiing riding through the forest at the top of the mountain, it occurred to me that this was exactly how I pictured the forest in The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe when I was a kid. Magical.

    <--- one seriously stoked Tiger.

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    Dec 16, 2008 9:26 PM GMT
    Well I must admit snowboarding is one winter sport I would not mind trying despite my advancing years. It looks like fun.
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    Dec 16, 2008 9:49 PM GMT
    I haven't skied or snowboarded at all this year yet, but am leaving with a group of buddies for Gstaad and Verbier for a couple of weeks on the day after Christmas. Verbier is one of my favorite places in the world for skiing - with an 8000 ft. vert. drop; 25% of the runs are expert or at least advanced; 400 acres of skiable terrain - the longest run over 9 miles long.
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    Dec 24, 2008 10:58 PM GMT
    I haven't snowboarded in a while, but I love it.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 05, 2009 9:55 PM GMT
    Nice. Went in the early part of December (around the 12) at Blue Mountain, here in Ontario. Had to break in my new twin tips. Decent snow though has yet to be amazing conditions, the past two days have been good. Still have to get my snowboard out from storage. Hopefully the season will be long and the snow will stick around for a while, however, with the environment the way it is you never know.
  • i1snow

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    Jan 08, 2009 3:07 AM GMT
    Well. my first ride in this season ended with a literal bang. I went to a small ski resort near by DC area, called Whitetail after work for a couple of hours of night snowboarding on 1/2/09. The snow was like spring condition and it was getting icy as it got colder. The ride was decent. After a couple of hours, I forced myself to do one more ride. Then it happened. I fell down on my right rib cage on an unexpected ice spot! Ouch! I could not breathe for 5 minutes.

    X-ray did not show any crack so I ended up with just severe bruises and sprained muscles. Every time I cough, it hurts like heck. Even a good laugh hurts. Doc said I will get better in 2~3 weeks so my season is not over yet, thanks goodness. Yeah!

    So I learned my lesson.
    1. take it easy in the first ride of the season
    2. don't go for another ride when you are tired, hungry, and sleepy from the lack of sleep from the previous day.

    The bottom line: I was being stupid and I am paying the price for it icon_biggrin.gif
  • Thirdbeach

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    Jan 08, 2009 3:17 AM GMT
    Went skiing two days last week.
    It was great, but I need to find a better ski companion.

    http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/index.htm

    Will probably go boarding one night next week.

    http://www.cypressmountain.com/index.asp


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    Jan 21, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    Gone a couple of times so far (no comments about my baby hill, Tiger!) and it's been great fun. Decent number of bruises which I have on good authority are a sign of true snowboarding. My best wipe out (in terms of hilarity of it) occurred right under the ski lift so I had a nice big audience! LOL - good times.
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    Jan 21, 2009 9:26 PM GMT
    Oh man, I havent been on a mountain this winter yet, just the indoor place where I teach, will have to get away maybe towards the end of Feb. Prob going to eastern Europe, nice and cheap
  • daveindenver

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    Jan 24, 2009 3:45 AM GMT
    ha yeah one of the biggest rules:
    NEVER say "one more run" or "last run". its the kiss of death.
    dave/ colorado
    Its snowing now =)
  • ep83

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    Jan 24, 2009 4:12 AM GMT
    My first day of the season was back in December and it was perfect in every way. Exams had just finished and some buddies and I enjoyed a mid-week day at Vail with 10 inches of fresh powder. It was awesome. There have been a lot of runs since then and I intend for there to be a lot more this season (my last day skiing last year was May 31!).