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.
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.