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A couple weekends ago a buddy pinged me and wanted to know if I was up for a snowboarding day trip to Mt Washington. The weather was looking a little sketchy, but the morning of we decided to go for it.
What a great decision. The day was pretty good. The weather was decent, and although there wasn't much new snow, what they did have was plentiful, and pretty soft. The temp was just below 0, which was good for my buddy since he forgot his jacket, and had to borrow a fleece jacket of mine.
My first ride of the day is always an eye opening experience. Riding the lift up I feel rusty,and am sure I won't be able to turn very well. As soon as I start heading downhill, my muscle memory kicks in and I just go. We rode pretty hard in the morning, then hit the pub for lunch.
After lunch we did a bunch more runs until my buddy ran out of juice. I did another 4 or 5 runs to round out my day before heading back to the car.
It was a long day going up from Victoria and back, but it was fun. A quick stop in Nanaimo for coffee on the way home was good too. Crappy thing was that at 5:15 the Serious Coffee in the north end was closed? Really? That is very odd.
Just for fun, I had my phone record my tracks while boarding. Pretty funny looking. The stats are interesting too. From my experience they are pretty accurate, but I still find it hard to believe I hit close to 60KM/H on a board.
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Total distance: 39.43 km (24.5 mi)
Total time: 3:59:27
Moving time: 3:21:45
Average speed: 9.88 km/h (6.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 11.73 km/h (7.3 mi/h)
Max speed: 58.55 km/h (36.4 mi/h)
Average pace: 6.07 min/km (9.8 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 5.12 min/km (8.2 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1.02 min/km (1.6 min/mile)
Max elevation: 1594 m (5230 ft)
Min elevation: 1073 m (3521 ft)
Elevation gain: 4732 m (15525 ft)
Max grade: 118 %
Min grade: -67 %
Back in January I had promised myself that I would go snowboarding at least once this season. Mt Washington was having another stellar year, and I didn't want to miss out again. I sent some emails out, and only one person got back to me about going. I was a little bummed, but at least I had someone to go with.
Two nights before the day of the trip, the friend had to cancel due to a bum knee. He felt bad, and was a little sorry for himself. I was left with a dilemma. Do I still go? If I do, should I take the Ski Bus, or drive?
I ended up choosing to go alone. I really wanted to get on the slopes, and I couldn't pass this up. I drove to my Mom's the night before, then the day of, I headed for the hill. The drive up was very easy, and soon enough I was parked and getting my gear ready. I was pretty pumped to be there. Did I mention that in the previous week the mountain had received crazy amounts of snow? One night they had over 80 cms. It was also a blue sky kind of day.
I rode the singles line all day which meant I got plenty of runs. I hit the major chairs except the boomerang. Also, since I was riding alone I didn't do many tree runs. I found the snowboard cross coarse next to the terrain park, and had a blast making runs down there. I was surprised there weren't more people on the hill though. The lines really weren't that long, especially over on the orange chair where I could almost board straight onto the chair.
At lunch time, there were no lines on any chairs. Very weird for such excellent conditions. I took full advantage. When the crowds returned, then I headed in for some lunch.
I always eat at Fat Teddy's, the pub like restaurant. Even though it wasn't slammed when I got there, the service was horrible, and I wasn't that happy with my burger (mass produced and frozen patty, same for the fries). Full, but $20 poorer I went back out to the slopes.
All too soon they were taking down the barricades. I made a couple more runs then called it a day. Awesome to be sure. Very glad I went, despite how expensive the day turned out. I forgot to mention that my first shock was the price of a lift tickte. $76. The last time I was there it was $58 I think.
I found this video on twitter curteous of @unclespeedo. Wow, that looks like an epic powder day. This gets me stoked to get up to @MountWashington at the end of the month. Sox and I have a ski trip planned and I am soooo looking forward to it. They won't have deep pow like this, but it will be fun anyway.
Super mega wicked awesome, that was yesterday.
Friday night I climbed into be a little later that I had wanted, and tried to fall asleep quickly. The windstorm did not help though, and I probably got no more than 5 hours of sleep before my alarm went off at 5 am. Yikes. Pitch black out, wet, and cold. The only reason I could do it was I knew I was on my way to go snowboarding. This may turn out to be the only day I get in this season too.
Mike stopped by my place, we took off, and snagged Shane along the way. With everyone in the car we started the long drive to the mountain. Further up island we could see stars. We couldn't believe that we might actually have nice weather considering the storm the night before.
On the mountain we could not believe the conditions. Stunning. While in line for our first run we could see the fresh snow, and desperately wanted to be on the slopes making first tracks. Once at the top, it was simply unbelievable. Light, fluffy, white gold. So very unlike Washington.
An early morning led to a spectacular day. Spectacular in the fact that I had a great time. Myself, Sean, and Shane went snowboarding today, and it was my first time this season. What a way for me to start the season.
Let's start with the pre game show. I managed to pick up Sean and Shane on time, so we were able to leave Victoria on time. The drive to the mountain literally sped by. On the hill while gearing up I could tell that the snow was in great condition. Thursday night there was a 55 cm dump, then a smaller dump Friday night. It was also cold, colder than I was expecting. Combine these two conditions, and you get wicked powder!