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Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by Rob Gnarley, Dec 19, 2017.
There is NOTHING nice in Vermont. Nothing. It is where Bernie lives-- Need I say anymore??
That's a really good point - I ski (non-terrain park variety) but yeah, if you're doing terrain parks I guess vertical, steepness, snow, etc.. are way less critical.
If done right, snowboarding is equal to surfing...but you need to have your equipment dialed in (no rentals) and you have to be on the mtn at just the right time.
One of the cool things about it is it's a guaranteed "wave". No "priority", paddle battles or drop-ins...just ride up and shred down.
The north-east is showing signs of a good season. Keep an eye on the forecasts, drop everything (if you can) and jam up there just before or during a storm.
That's the exact reason i hate snowboarding. Ok ok...i don't hate it. I'm just not a fan. EVERYONE can do it. I know I'll probably catch some heat from the guys who are into it, but in my experience its true. Surfing you got to earn that wave through the paddle out, positioning, paddling into it..... and if you fall, gotta start over.
Now none get offended. I'm not saying it's easy to master or get really good. That takes allot of work no matter what sport your talking about. But i know allot of people, including my sister, who have no athletic ability who can get by and have fun on the mountain. Which isn't a bad thing. Its just that "user friendly-ness" that keeps me from being interested
My sister live is Burlington VT and I have been thinking about a short trip up that way.
Anyone have advice for a budget friendly trip near Burlington?
that's why I suggested going up at exactly the right time. Arriving immediately before or during a storm exponentially increases your chance of getting fresh tracks and less people. Personally, I wouldn't even bother unless there's at least 6 inches of fresh over a decent base...if that takes riding during a storm, that's a hell of a lot of fun and adventure, too.
I agree, it's easy for anyone to go up, rent crap and scrape down on ice...but the learning curve escalates quickly in snowboarding:
For instance, aerial spins seem like they'd be easy because you're strapped to the board, but actually require learning a specific technique...and the landings aren't as safe as in water.
Riding backwards ("switch") looks easy, but it's actually extremely difficult to do it well.
Riding deep powder takes a surprising amount of muscle and skill...hell, just digging yourself out after falling in really deep powder can wipe you out as bad as paddling through tons of whitewater.
Spinning off deep powder jumps looks super easy in videos, but it's one of the most difficult things to learn...as difficult as aerials on a surfboard.
See i never tried airs or spins.... that might be somthing that would keep me interested. Might give it a go.
My thing is i go once every few years. By the end of the day im carving down double blacks and riding switch. Takes a little warm up first. But yeah. If maybe i tried some airs and what it would keep the challenge factor up.
And i do agree about deep powder. My sister goes to Utah allot, iv been once. It is totally diffrent then here. Completely diffrent feeling and more similar to surfing in my opinion. Utah is far though, and being as my interest isn't high.... iv only been once
Hit up Jay Peak last week. Such a fun place, -5 to -15 degrees at the summit. Not for the chicken-hearts.
Will ride Stowe this month. Heady Topper and such.
Jeremy Jones' Life of Glide
I did a strike mission in NC this past week with that snow storm coming through and had a good enough time (for NC) plus got in a little back country beach pow with that last storm. We were going to Colorado until a few emergencies popped up so I think we're just going to hit up Vermont instead. I've snowboarded more places than I haven't in Maine, Vermont and NH with Sugarbush being by far my favorite followed up by Stowe and Bretton Woods. I was thinking about going to Jay Peak this time. To anyone that's been....is it worth the extra effort? What I really care about are some fun glades and a good chance at fresh powder.
Not bad for NC
When the waves suck
Just got back from a week of boarding in Maine. The wife and I traveled up the coast checking some of the better surf spots and photographing some of the lighthouses along the way. There was a little wave action going on but if we were a day later both coming and going I could have really scored with the wind change. Higgins Beach looked like it had the most potential. Forget surfing though....we scored an epic powder day. We rented a cabin smack dab in the middle of nowhere and snowboarded Sugarloaf everyday (wish Saddleback had been open though). I've been to almost all the prominent resorts in the N.E. now and Sugarloaf ranks way up there. It's close between Sugarloaf and Sugarbush as being my favorite. Anyway, one day it snowed 15" in less than 24 hrs and even though it was freezing there was almost 0 wind so the conditions were beyond perfect. Easily in my top 5 powder days ever. Some snow porn for ya.....
Height of Land
What looks like a Budweiser commercial. Old Orchard Beach Pier
A few more
Portland Head Lighthouse
The wifey shredding
About as good as it gets
Just had my 56th day yesterday at the local hill. Been to Killington twice so far and am heading up in a few weeks and probably a week in late April too. If you want a surf feel get a Libtech Mayhem:
Ho Pump Brah!
How the hail did you log 56 days by mid February
I logged my 65th day last weekend
Ah I give up surfing winters
Aye pump I’m headed back up to Killington 4/18 through 4/21
On the local side, my son and I closed out the season at Blue Mtn in PA last Saturday. Sunny skies, temps in the 60's and everyone in t-shirts. Great pond skim party too. Heading out to Colorado for Easter break to end the season at Copper mtn. Gonna do A-basin for a few days too. Can't wait.
Im there 4/17 through 4/20
My local go-to in Colorado was Monarch. Place was a powder keg.
Ah Blue Mountain
Real shredders buy their pass at boulder or beer crik
But I was there Saturday for closing on a comp ticket
I spent the day in the park and spraying skiers every chance I got
Giant huck party went down on the big jump at the bottom torwards the end of the day and we through snowballs at ski patrol when they tried to shut us down
Dude let’s rip some lines and beers
Just got back from CO. Rode Eldora on Thursday. By the end of the day I was in a t-shirt. Rode Breck on Friday, snowed on and off all day. Then went back to Eldora on Saturday with 6 inches of fresh snow and it snowed all day. Rode a board by a CO company called Never Summer, awesome boards!!
Here was the first day
Here is the third day - same mountain