Stocked for the Cali bros, we’re looking at scraps here (1-3”). In addition to the classic dumps, we get a lot of scraps here and they really help with coverage/add up over the winter.Mother Nature is laying it down with this storm... Provided we dnt warm up in late Nov - December we should be good to go for awhile.
Yesterday was totally ancient buzzard day at the mtn lol. Lots of old dogs, most but not all on skis. I think more of the cool kids snowboard than ski these days?Can I ask at what age do you stop snowboarding?
Last time I went, about half way through a power run, I had stop next to a tree and rest as my legs were on fire by 2pm. There I realized I was the oldest snowboarder on the mountain by at least 15 years, and I'm in my 40s. It's kind of a weird moment of reflection for me and I really started to ponder when everyone else stopped? I swear there was not a snowboarder older than 30 on the entire mountain.
i think that's mostly because we are the dying breed of buzzard that learned on skis because snowboarding didn't exists when we were little birds learning how to slideLots of old dogs, most but not all on skis.
Wow and good for him. Doing something that gets you out there is good for longevityMy FIL is 81 and still skis. Cautious and slow-go on the blues only but he still gets out there!
I rode there one day many moons ago and all I remember is JFC is that place big. Like being at the top and deciding to call a wrap for the day and it takes hours to get back to your car.Mammoth this morning.
Compared to some of the ski-circuses in the Alps, Mammoth is a small hill. St. Anton, Val d'Isere, Kitzbuhel, etc. are all ginormous compared to anything in America.I rode there one day many moons ago and all I remember is JFC is that place big. Like being at the top and deciding to call a wrap for the day and it takes hours to get back to your car.
There‘s a completely different scale at work for sure in the Alps, vast af. But tbh even in my youth I never caught the big mtn bug, and after last winter I’m already spoiled rotten.Compared to some of the ski-circuses in the Alps, Mammoth is a small hill. St. Anton, Val d'Isere, Kitzbuhel, etc. are all ginormous compared to anything in America.
Lift tickets are also *much* less expensive. Example: A day ticket at Arlberg gets you on 87 lifts and 500km of pistes and off-piste trails, and costs only 67 Euros.
If you get good snow, a trip to Austria will spoil you rotten.
I used to RIde here fairly reg
I plan to ride as long as I can, and see plenty of middle aged and even older folks on Snowboards.Stiff af boots. Saves energy when your ankles aren’t flexing all the time, also made for carving/riding gnar.
A board that ignores/destroys chunder, chunky snow, etc. This was a game changer last winter in terms of energy savings. Rutted out powder fields can now be moto’d through as fast as you want, which can be good or bad.
Skills pay the bills. The more tech you are the less effort riding takes
Armor thyself like a gladiator. The more the better. You only need to use it/need it once. Leatt back/chest shoulder protector, mtb ass pad shorts, elbow pads this winter, and I think Troy Lee Designs knee braces could be another game changer short and long term re knee health
No fresh snow in the forecast here means more time to study/practice dark wizardry. Working on a list of edge/turn drills for my next day out.Thanks for that link. Really good info and explanation of independent weighting and foot work. With another la nina winter forecast, chances look pretty good up here for repeated freshies.
After being an intermediate skier since that first time with the boy scouts at Badger Pass waaaay back then, and seeing some of the first snowboarders up on Bachelor in Oregon, at 45 I said, 'that's it, gotta do it'...'Bout killed myself (medium athleticism here). But I finally found 'Paco' (rip) up there and he took me to the proper place I didn't want to go, the bunny slope (oh, how embarrassing, damn kids), but there I learned how to snowboard, at least to the point where I love gettin' the music going in my ears and just gliding as fast as I can on a blue run...at 71 I'll do that all day with no pain whatsoever. We're heading up to Bend next week for Thanksgiving with our kids/grandkids but Bachelor is having opening day on Friday with not that much base so I'll probably pass. Been to Whistler a few times, love that place.