I Go Both Ways

I found out today I can go both ways when it comes to snowboarding.  But I’ll get to that in a minute.  I was kind of unsure what our exact plans would be since he’s the mountain man runner now and there is a newborn at the house, so I didn’t bring my skis.  I had mentioned last night that I would be snowboarding at Eldora with Syd on Saturday, so I might be interested in buying my own board while I’m here.  If I’m going to take up a hobby, even if it’s only my second time partaking in the hobby, I want my own gear.  Plus I figure it’s an investment because I want to get better at it, so now I won’t have to rent everywhere I go and wait in those lines.

Today, I woke up at 7:15 to get ready for the day of Colorado bliss.  Brandon and I dropped Syd off at school after her and I’s serious game of “My father owns a grocery store” on the way there.   So on our way to Keystone ski resort, we hit up Sports Authority to see what kind of deals I could swing.  Usually this time of year out here, the sales start going.  Everything was 20% off, not quite as deep a discount as I wanted, but I was in a buying mood.  After it was all said and done, I got my board, boots, and bindings for what it would have costed me this year’s Burton board at regular price.  We grabbed some ski passes at the kiosk and we were on!  Here’s my new toy.

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It was a bright day when we arrived. A bit brisk, but nothing we couldn’t handle. We had heard a storm was coming but had the Hummer tire chains in case anything serious happened and we needed to get home.  We rode up to the main peak and I strapped in.  It had been literally a year since I’d done this the last and first time.  I fell on my butt a few times, but it all started to come back after the first 100 yds or so.  I spent the first part of the day just getting my legs under me and getting some turning down.  I’m pretty sure I wasn’t doing it right, but I did what I felt like would keep me upright and headed down the mountain.  The guy that set up my bindings asked me how I wanted them… umm… dude?  just told you I’m a beginner.  Give me some help.  So he set it up the way I wakeboard with the right foot in the back, but I was able to head down with either the left or right in front.  Which, was nice today as it gave one leg a break while the other took over.  We made it down and over to the back side of the mountain for a few runs before conditions got a little worse. It was snowing pretty heavy and I was wearing down.

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I was in need of some fuel and a rest. We made our way to a little pit stop for some food and took a seat in the warming hut. I took my gloves off expecting to find white-finger-disease on my right middle finger but it was just beet red. And it hurt. Like a sonofabitch. I think what happened is with skiing, your hands are gripping poles and moving around. With snowboarding, they just hang there taking in all the wind. After a 10 minute bitch session with my brother, he gave me a warmer pack and I started moving my fingers each second on every run. About 15 minutes later, we were back to normal and also back on the front side of the resort which wasn’t being bombarded with snow.

We took in some more runs before calling it a day.

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And my brother found one run he really thought suited me.

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On the last run down, I tried to act like I knew what I was doing and point my board straight down and just ride out the edges.  I biffed… twice… hard.  I yelled at myself, got up, and got down.  After our adventure, my brother introduced me to one of his top burger joints, Smashburger.  Here’s me ready to dig into to my meal!

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It was quite tasty!  Afterward, we headed home in a sea of fog, snow, and wettness.  The family was doing their usual routine, but we made time for some 4 party Mario World on Wii!  Tomorrow holds a run or 2 up a mountain… doesn’t he realize I just boarded my legs off all day?  Oh well, motor through!

Brandon’s story…

Here’s some video of the event if you want to watch me sloooooooow mo boarding.  Maybe I’ll be faster Saturday.