A Sideslipping Start to the Season

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We went to Copper Mountain today for my third day of the 2009-2010 season (Gregg's 7th day) and I borrowed his Burton Fix from last year with the rounded edges for it. Although the board was wonderfully box-worthy, its crowning achievement (and I say this with some sarcasm) was definitely the unintentional sideslipping.

That's right--we're back at the sideslipping again and I heroically sideslipped the crap out of Copper Mountain all day long today. The scene was a crowded Sunday (as Sundays are wont to be) on a single white ribbon of death. The hill abounded with the general public as well as U.S. Olympic team racers (we think), since it is the time of year for gates training. We even saw a substantial fleet of carving-board-riders, which brings me back to my own humble beginnings in the east coast carving days of yore. Oh for sharp edges, I thought, watching them with green-colored envy.

Alas, I was not to be availed of a race board today. Instead I opted to sideslip. I did it on my toe edge and I did it on my heel edge, pivoting slightly this way and that, in control most of the time. Perhaps I exaggerate. But I am more than a little ashamed to admit that I did complain about the ice--a fact which becomes more ironic when you consider that I will soon have an article on how to ride and love the ice published in the winter edition of 32 Degrees, the national snow nerd (read: instructor) magazine. (In fact, today would have been a great opportunity for the ice-sliding photo opp--which would miss the deadline for the print mag but could be used to illustrate the online feature--but I was in no mood for it.) I pretty much hated the ice today. I kept over-flexing my back knee, swimming around inside my new Salomon Optima boots (for which I guess I should get foot-beds), and skidding out on the toe edge at the end of my turns. Harrumph.

So basically the hand-me-down Fix is now going back in the closet until either the whole mountain turns to packed powder or I'm hiking the park, whichever comes first. I do so want an amazing park board and I was hoping the Fix was going to be it. But the fact is that Gregg beat the crap out of that board last season. Not to mention that park boards with edges are the only way to go. I needs [sic] my edges for setting up a spin or carving up the halfpipe wall--uh, or, to keep from feeling the need to sideslip maniacally down the slope with the rest of the general public.

Unlike me, Gregg made sweet sweet love to the ice all day long today on his sharp new Jussi 156, a salient feature of which--and one he kept pointing out--is the fact it contains camber. Nevermind that reverse camber bullcrap ;) He did hit a rock that bummed him out for a minute, but otherwise he was happier than a clam that just escaped a clam-bake.

I know I sounded like a negative nancy earlier in this entry (but I had to start off with the sideslipping in order for this psycho-babble to qualify for the site, the editors have informed me.) But let me just back up a bit now and clarify that today was in fact lovely and warm with sunny patches, a nice park and friendly people, and a good time overall, brightened by the fact that we both pretty much scored free tickets for the day. I would say the highlight was when Olena showed up and started spinning all about. She's such a happy little jumping frog. Her antics in turn jazzed me up to throw down a few whippety-doo's myself. And 9:30 am to 2:30 pm isn't such a bad tally for day three of [my] season. You gotta get back into it--and in shape--somehow.

Breckenridge opens Thursday and I'm donning the red, white, and blue and working at the mountain starting on day one. Unless it snows it's gonna be a slick one, so let me take this opportunity to recommend to our readers that if you're heading to the slopes sometime in the next couple of days, y'all need to go on down to the basement or the garage and tune up the ol' tool This will help you to maintain control as you sideslip down the mountain. Peace.

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I am glad there was a 'harrumph' in this article! Happy holidays you two!

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