Living in Florida, I don’t get many opportunities to hit the slopes. In years past I would be stoked if I got to go once a year. Something is changing though. This ski season I’ve packed in three days on the slopes (and hope to do 1-2 more). I know a lot of you spend 3+ days a week on the slopes – but remember, the closest mountain is a good 7 hours from me.
I’ve been skiing many times in places all over the country. I’ve spent a week in Breckenridge, Colorado, a week in Snowshoe, West Virginia among other places. But never have I laced up snowboarding boots and gone down the mountain with a board under my feet.
Snowboarding, where have you been all my life?
It is so much fun – extremely challenging at the start and extremely adrenaline pumping once you get the hang of it. I’ll admit — on my first day I would fall on my ass 10 times before making it down one run. But by the end of the third day I could easily hit blue runs without falling once, riding both healside and toeside. There’s a steep learning curve no doubt. But once you hit the top of that curve it is much easier to advance to the next level. I even hit a table top once (it was a lot stickier than I thought it would be) and attempted to land a few small jumps. I’ll master those next time.
It’s hard for me to describe how I feel about my new found passion. It’s all I think about. I am constantly wanting to be on the slopes – it’s like an addiction. I’m going to need to plan another day or two of snowboarding this winter before the snow melts. I’m not sure I can make it until late 2011.