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Took my Burton UP, suzukas, and race plates to Mt. Hood Meadows yesterday. It was crowded for the first few hours, but I think the heavy, wet snow tired most people out so the express chair lines cleared up by noon or so.

I spent most of my time just practicing basic, wide, cross-over turns, leaning over and letting the board sweep me across the mountain. The first few times I couldn't quite get the edge to hold, but then I focused on angulating and getting my shoulders parallel to the slope and it worked fine. The board carries speed incredibly, though I think some of that was zardoz notwax on the wet snow.

I had taken my Suzukas to REI earlier this week to have them molded. My left foot felt great; it was probably the best fit of any ski or snowboard boot I had ever tried. On my right, I had major outstep pain, feeling like the ankle buckle was crushing the outside of my sole even when it wasn't buckled particularly tight. I also got a big blister right on the ankle. I'm taking the boot back to be remolded; any advice on what to ask for? I was thinking of a patch on the ankle for a little more volume to reduce rubbing, and maybe molding the liners with the boots less tightly strapped, so there's more pressure applied by the liner and less by the buckle.

My softboot buddies convinced me to try the trees, which turned out to be a bad plan. No actual catastrophes, but I realized a stiff 162cm board with a large sidecut is not the easiest thing for a 125lb guy to toss around. The steepest part was very stop-and-go and slidey.

Near the end of the day I started trying out cross-under and attempting some Euro-carves. The cross-under worked ok, and I noticed it was really easy to catch air on my toeside-to-heelside transition. The board seemed to just launch me into the next turn. I couldn't quite figure out how to replicate the effect going heelside to toeside. I never managed to lay down an EC, but trying for it did give me lower carves than I had been getting before, so I think it was a positive exercise.

I'll probably be going back up Wednesday, if anyone wants to ride.

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I had my first day on Sunday - also at Meadows.

I didn't expect it to feel so foreign to strap on a board again. I couldn't ride at all for the first two runs: caught the front edge 20 feet into my first run, and on my second run, I hooked up the heelside when I didn't expect to and almost murdered two kids on skis.

Then after 4 runs, I was back up to 85% of my skill level from the end of last season. Fast learning curve!

I rode a freeride deck with plates - taking it easy on my first day. Can't wait to get up there with an alpine deck...not to mention my two newest toys: a Madd 172 BX board :eplus2::eplus2::eplus2:, and a Skwal Easy Jungle. :D:D:D

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I had my first day on Sunday - also at Meadows.

I didn't expect it to feel so foreign to strap on a board again. I couldn't ride at all for the first two runs: caught the front edge 20 feet into my first run, and on my second run, I hooked up the heelside when I didn't expect to and almost murdered two kids on skis.

My first day was like this: Toeside edge of trail and fall, heelside to trees and fall. repeat, repeat annnnnd repeat for 1.5 hrs. Took brief respite and figured it out. I still fall but not as much.

mario

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My first day was like this: Toeside edge of trail and fall, heelside to trees and fall. repeat, repeat annnnnd repeat for 1.5 hrs. Took brief respite and figured it out. I still fall but not as much.

mario

Nice to know I've got company. :)

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I have both the UP 162 and 156. Different animals. I weigh in at 150 and the UP 162 makes a decent carver. The UP 156 is an absolute gas in the trees and the bumps, though wants to wash out on the groomers. I have a little trouble with the 162 anything off piste and just extreme fun with the 156. l56 works well up to about 5 or 6 inches, and after that it sucks, but it is my "Board of Choice" for riding anything not too deep or off piste.

Will be glad to let you try one if you're up Seattle way.

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Took my Burton UP, suzukas, and race plates to Mt. Hood Meadows yesterday. It was crowded for the first few hours, but I think the heavy, wet snow tired most people out so the express chair lines cleared up by noon or so.

I'll probably be going back up Wednesday, if anyone wants to ride.

We had the "Slopetool", Jim M and myself up there today.

Started with 2" of new on pretty fair groomed. 32 degree snow day. No crowds. Warmed up as the day went on. Got some sweet carving in , then switched to Tankers.

I tried my new Crown out, nice , but conditions went south around 1PM. Only the Slopetool continued. Hopefully freezing level drops tonight. MORE SNOW on the way!!

Bryan

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