Thursday, November 11, 2010
Today it dumped up on the Dachstien Mts. The snow was much needed, but it caused a delay in course building and practice was cancelled. That meant more rail laps in the side park. Now these guys can annihilate rails all day, and while its not my job to shred, I have to try a bit. Gotta say though, two days into the season I am not itching to jump on tall kinked rails like my crew is. I was happy to film and cruise, but I struggled to find my place in the lineups. So I was quite happy when Hunter Wood, who can kill rails all day, told me he wanted to rip around the glacier and get the feeling back instead of waiting in line for the rails.
We crossed the glacier where we found a short pow line. While we looked down, Hunter looked up and spotted a tight chute leading into the pow field. Off we went and quickly reached a narrow chimney that we struggled to ascend. I went first to check snow and risk, and Hunter followed. It was a heavy situation, but it was great training for big mt riding. Hunter enjoyed it and got a nice fast run down the chimney, followed by a river of slough. This side adventure was unexpected and we were stoked.
Practice resumes tomorrow and it looks like we will have to use the weather day on sunday. Rider meeting tonight, where we will get the lowdown.
Contest nonsense aside, it was cool to see Hunter's eyes opened up to true snowboarding. It was his idea to explore, and his idea to hike the chute. It was great to see his impetus rewarded. Big ups to Mike Perle for spotting our runout and giving direction from below!