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Another pow day today & officially passed 500”. Tomorrow will be another as well, and the forecast is just snow. This is wild stuff. We’ve only got chairs left for this weekend and next, but it’ll be a long post-season. Sheesh.


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Today was neat. Hiked a few ridge laps and found a new-to-me zone with all kinds of sweet hits to film.

Screenshots of my old friend Ryan who I’ve been board’n with for 21 years. Both drops are out the ridge, and tree is right in bounds, gap out to hanging pillow

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I think my resort season might be over unless I get up to Hood over the late-spring or summer. Getting to that time of year with a 1.5-2 hour sweet spot for conditions between firm thaw-freeze morning groomers and sticky slop. Already low-tide and the Sierras have some rain incoming that'll likely devastate lower elevation snowpack. I'd rather surf and skate locally.

Had a great overall season: 35 days total, 30 inbounds. Most I've put up in almost 10 years. Was hoping to clear 40 this year, but I'll probably settle out somewhere in the upper 30s unless I make it out to Hood.

Lots of progression this year. Got way better at carving, which has been the focus the past 3-4 seasons. Got way better in the park, starting to consistently land BS 3s. Just got better at riding transitions and playing on the mountain generally, hunting for sidehills, popping little 1s and tricks. Aired out a pipe for the first time (not a 22 lol). All-around just did cooler shit riding faster with better control.

I feel like I'm really starting to hit my prime as a snowboard in my mid-30s. I can see possibilities in snow and terrain and riding that I did not in my 20s. Wish I could pair the physicality of my 20s with the mental savvy of my mid-30s, but ah well. I'll just have to come to terms with my peak coinciding with the post-up and fadeaway jumper stage of my "career" lol.

I may try to squeeze in one more split-backcountry trip further north and experiment a bit with snow camping. I've been backpacking for years, but never dabbled in winter camping. Feels like a good time of year to putz with it.

Speaking of backpacking, been a few years since I had a proper trip. Got married a couple years ago and didn't get out at all over the summer. Then last year quarantine and being my wife's only source of human contact basically kiboshed anything more than day hiking. Most years I'm still 100% fixated on snow at this point, but I have some spring backpacking spots I'd like to check out this year.

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A few shots from Jeremy. I’m enjoying my new life as a grocery bag.

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weird year. February was huge at Bridger. 120 inches, all time high for that month. got to take out the amplid Snowmolier 166 and the Nidkecker gun 171 in the same week and holy shit did they both prove to be the ultimate deep snow combo. love em both, the nidecker rides up high and goes where others get stuck with the diamond tail, and the amplid with the swallow tail, sinks and gets surfy

rode 3 days at  a mom and pop resort 2 hours north of Bozeman, Showdown Resort, had a blast there on a 20 inch day on the Slash Narwhal floater, and damn if that thing isnt the funnest board around for pow and chutes and powder nose butters

currently at day 89, going up to the old closed ski resort near my house for a morning split, gonna test out the kemper apex 156 split

Spenser- rad that you have been having such a great winter!

Kimchi- love the attitude and progression! I would go winter camping with you sometime, I got a mini stove for a hot tent and cold camping missions. I might go test it out next week at spot near yellowstone


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Kimchi- love the attitude and progression! I would go winter camping with you sometime, I got a mini stove for a hot tent and cold camping missions. I might go test it out next week at spot near yellowstone

Word, man! Was chatting with Parker and you are definitely among the most fun to watch ride of the various internet homies we've synced up with. Been saying this for years, but I'm hoping to finally make my way out to Montana next year. Life has kept me mostly California-bound the past couple seasons, but next year will probably be a last hurrah before kids so I'm trying to get big trips out of my system before my life transitions more to surf and skate for a few years until I can start justifying traveling to mountains again.


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Wish I could pair the physicality of my 20s with the mental savvy of my mid-30s, but ah well. I'll just have to come to terms with my peak coinciding with the post-up and fadeaway jumper stage of my "career" lol.

I'll be 43 in October and this statement hits home. I still have a blast snowboarding but don't bounce back as quick as I'd like. Glad to read about your progression and it can still happen into your 40s. 

I took a couple seasons off and moving from Seattle to PDX reignited my interest in snowboarding. I went 5 days last year, then broke my collarbone cycling. This season I have one day left on 10-day pass. Already planning on picking up an unlimited pass for 21/22 and planning trips to Baker and Big Sky.

The stoke is still there but manifests itself in other ways. Also, it's great to see this community still kicking and seeing your names. 

 

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Wish I could pair the physicality of my 20s with the mental savvy of my mid-30s, but ah well. I'll just have to come to terms with my peak coinciding with the post-up and fadeaway jumper stage of my "career" lol.

I'll be 43 in October and this statement hits home. I still have a blast snowboarding but don't bounce back as quick as I'd like. Glad to read about your progression and it can still happen into your 40s. 

I took a couple seasons off and moving from Seattle to PDX reignited my interest in snowboarding. I went 5 days last year, then broke my collarbone cycling. This season I have one day left on 10-day. Already planning on picking up an unlimited pass for 21/22 and planning trips to Baker and Big Sky.

The stoke is still there but manifests itself in other ways. Also, it's great to see this community still kicking and seeing your names. 

 

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Yea, I can still ride like a 21-year-old... I just can't ride like a 21-year-old from first lift to last lift, repeatedly take stupid unnecessary risks and bails, then somehow still have enough energy to drive 3+ hours home and go out to a bar that same night. And then potentially do the same thing the next day. Gotta pick my battles now.

Glad you're still getting out there, whatever your life circumstances!


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Sold my Hovercraft split yesterday. Every time I rode it this season it just didn't click. Had a fantastic season on it last year and thought I'd keep it longer, but it's just time for something new. Picking up another Korua today


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Closing weekend. Quite the change in weather in a matter of a few days.

A few of them built a bunch of hits through the gulleys during the week, and it was a lot of fun to film.


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Day 70. Still so much snowpack, I bet I’ll ride my latest ever. Still getting cold at night, so upper 2/3 conditions are dicey and freezy, not exactly “fun” riding, but still great to get the classic Eaglecrest views. Lower mountain is getting slushy by afternoon, so that was fun.

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memorial ez split weekend in AK this year?


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Stayed down low yesterday in the soft snow and packed a little kicker on one of the leftover jump mounds, featuring Mark Rainery & friends


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Day 36. Thought I was done at the resort, but got a random late-April storm and played hooky yesterday to go get turns. Bluebird with maybe 6-8" over a firmmmm spring base that never softened up.  Super variable, fun pockets of consistent accumulation alternating with dust-on-crust and wind-scoured blue death ice. At least I could spot the ice at this point in the season... easy to spot which faces to avoid and the sketchy spots between pow turns.

Probably my last resort day of the season. After today I don't think it'll be worth it, especially since Squaw shut down the progression park. Was hoping to work on back 3s, but not yet comfortable throwing them in the big boy park.

Was impressed / horrified how quickly things got tracked out even on a random late-April Monday. An hour after open:

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I called it at noon after a hike to close out the day. Got some fun turns, kept things relatively mellow. Don't want to hurt myself at this point in the year.

 

 


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