Snowboarding at Sunday River

A ticket and a mapI 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!

Reflected
The views were tremendous!
Trent and Jeff
Trent and Jeff

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.

A popular resort
A popular resort

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.

Jeff Olivier
Jeff Olivier

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.

Trent Olivier
Trent Olivier

The runs at Sunday River are very nice. We had powder, packed powder and a little ice. Very fun and just the right slope.

A lonely run
A lonely run

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.

Snowmaking
Snowmaking
Resting
Resting
A fun ride!
A fun ride!

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.

7 Comment

  1. That looks fun. Nice landscape, too! Would like to join you sometime. Then again… if you get broken skiing in USA, how do you get fixed? Do you have to pay for it at retail out of your own pocket? Here you just go to hospital and the fix you… gotta love socialism :-)

    1. I do love socialism. :) I probably would not go if I didn’t have decent medical insurance. Mountain sports are for the relatively privileged, so most participants probably do have medical insurance.

  2. Kimberly Dennis says: Reply

    You live such a charmed life!! I’m so glad that you are able to enjoy the wonderful landscape that Maine has to offer! I love you, Brent…keep living the good life.

    1. Pinch me! I do enjoy my life a great deal. I love you, too, Kim. You have to come visit!

  3. […] knew I’d be riding at Sunday River two days prior and the thought of snowboard two mountains in two different states in the same week […]

  4. Nice pictures, Love. Outside Television has been so great. I’m so glad you have this opportunity! And so glad you didn’t break anything. ;-)

  5. […] Saturday I went snowboarding with my friend and coworker, Alex. We went to Sunday River, a resort I had been to the week prior with another coworker, Jeff. I had been snowboarding at Cranmore the day before and was sore but feeling anxious to ride as I […]

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