I grew up in Alaska and skied infrequently. When I was in fifth or sixth grade I broke my left leg at Alyeska. My entire leg was in a cast for six weeks. I never went enough to be good. I attended my junior and senior years of high school in Boulder, Colorado. It was then that I took up snowboarding. I never owned my own equipment and wasn’t able to go enough to get good, but I thoroughly enjoyed being out on the mountain.
Unfortunately, when I enlisted in the US Air Force I was sent to Kansas, where there are no mountains. A couple years before moving to Maine I took my friend to Colorado to snowboard. He had never been on a mountain. He snapped his clavicle on the third run. It wasn’t fun.
I am fortunate now to be living in Maine where there are mountains, and to be employed by Outside Television. Through them I get free lift tickets and outrageous deals on equipment. Deals that are too good to pass up. I recently purchased my first snowboard from Burton. It’s a pretty sweet ride.
Yesterday I went to Sunday River with my friend Jeff and his son Trent. It was my first time snowboarding at a New England mountain resort. I had a blast!
When we arrived at Sunday River the lift lines were very long. Eighteen inches of fresh powder the day before and sunny skies during the holiday week will do that. Fortunately, after the first run we never saw these lines again.
Jeff is a very good skier. He skis backwards (no kidding) faster than I snowboard forward. He plows through moguls with grace and pulls some gnarly tricks off every jump he can find. Best of all, he’s patient and waits for me to catch up.
Don’t let Trent’s size and youth (6) fool you. This kid is fast! He puts his skis in a shallow wedge, gets into his signature tuck and flies down the mountain. I was shocked by his confidence and lack of fear. He’s impressive, indeed.
The runs at Sunday River are very nice. We had powder, packed powder and a little ice. Very fun and just the right slope.
They make a lot of snow at Sunday River. It was cool seeing the new snow being blown across blue skies with the sun coming through the backside.
Big thanks to Ski Maine and Outside Television for the ticket; Burton Snowboards for the amazing board, bindings and boots; Jeff and Trent for the company and ride and Kirsten for always supporting my many hobbies and adventures.