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Mucking about in the snow

Boots laces too tight

When snowboarding I’m one of those paranoid types who likes to know their kit is always secure and tight. That’s just my mential abberation, this attitude was enforced on a Canada backcountry trip when a screw came off my bindings … Continue reading

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Snowboarding on Powder – my poor technique

We did a little bit if powder while out in Mayhofen this year. It was pretty good fun but on the third day I noticed my technique went a bit skew meaning that I couldn’t easily turn onto my toes … Continue reading

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  Well that’s it – all booked. We’re off to Morzine staying at the Hotel Viking. It’s a little bit weird that the slope is half way up one of the runs, we’ll only be able to hit the town … Continue reading

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Snowboard 2010 – closer

  It looks like we’re almost down to the final contingent of people, 6 hardy souls to brave the alpine winter: Me, Mark, James, Paul, Paul, Karl with maybe Darren coming up on the outside. As for likely locations. It’s … Continue reading

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Snowboard Hols 2010 – who’s coming

All, We’re looking to book next years blokes snowboard holiday. It’ll be in January 2010, one week in the last two. That’ll be either 16/17 or 23/24 for a week. As previously France springs to mind though votes for the … Continue reading

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Next Hols

So, finally the next snowboard extravaganza has come round after chaffing for 10 months.

Will I be able to remember all that tutorial stuff from Canada – nope. But I’m sure it’ll be damn good fun. Really looking forward to it. Continue reading

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Busy few days

It’s been a busy few days. I skipped the first couple of days of lessons last week to let me ankle
rest up and that appears to have done the trick. At least I can now turn the board without pain
shooting through it. Or maybe my technique has improved?

Thursday was a bus trip to the resort of Castle Mountain, a couple of hours away but no-one seems
to care about distances round here. Driving along the highway and there’s a call of “Car” from
the back of the bus. The first one we’d seen in 20 minutes. It’s a bit of a steep place and with only
5 lifts to it’s name there’s not a lot of runs but we found quite a bit of off-piste to do. This included
the obligatory popping some jumps that all snowboarders have to try. One of our instructors came
with us (the other we believe was too busy with his latest woman), as usual it looked easy until
you tried to follow him – “you should have done a grab on that jump Matt”, trust me I was trying –
my hand was waving somewhere near the tail of the board, it was around there somewhere.

Sat and Sun was a mini-roadtrip with one of my housemates. We grabbed a car from Rent-a-Wreck and
headed off to Kimberley. It’s a smaller resort than Fernie but very nice to board plenty and tree
runs which we made much use off after being told by ski patrol to stop playing around with the
jump we’d found on piste.

Then a quick stop in Radium for a soak in the hot springs and an interesting night in the local pub
where 1 English and 1 German don’t really fit mix that well when everyone else is a local – and
very local at that. Some strange woman kept asking me if I was the brother of the karaoke host. I
think it was an attempt at a chat up….

Finally we wound up in Panorama, home of the heli-ski but we just stuck to the piste/groomers.
The conditions weren’t great so we went into the rail park. Now that was a mistake, 3 or 4 falls
each later and we abandoned that idea for the terrain park and some more jumps. That was a lot
of fun, probably the best I’ve seen. If only my skills matched.

From tomorrow we’re off on the hut trip – 4 days in the back country that we get heli-dropped into.
I get the distinct impression that washing isn’t high on the list of priorities though they do have a
hot tub outdoors that they light up a couple of nights a week…. the debate is on whether we’ll have
electricity let alone anything outlandish such as a mobile phone signal.

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