Pow!

Twelve to eighteen inches of fresh powder was the forecast. Twelve to eighteen inches. That is the type of forecast a snowboarder like me gets excited about. Very excited. Although it was on a Wednesday, Jeff, Alex and I made plans to ski and ride at Sunday River.

Ready to ride
Ready to ride

Conditions were epic! The snow fell hard and was piling up fast. The mid-week timing and treacherous road conditions combined to give us the benefit of having a mountain with very few skiers and riders. It was, in a word, ideal.

Snowboarding on deep fresh powder is very different than the groomed packed powder I’ve been used to all season. Instead of carving on the full edge of my board I learned to “surf” on the snow using the bottom of the board to push against the deep snow. After a run or two I had gotten used to the powder and was having a blast!

In addition to making the ride more like floating than carving, the deep snow also slowed things down a lot, and made falling less punitive. This allowed me to ride double-diamond moguls and take jumps in the parks.

I love powder! We haven’t had a similar storm since, but you can be sure that when we do I’ll find any excuse I can to be on the mountain.

The snow is coming down!
The snow is coming down!
My tracks
My tracks
The snow is piling up
The snow is piling up
So much snow at the River
So much snow at the River
Lots of white
Lots of white

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