Adam, Alex and I went snowboarding at Sunday River Saturday. It was, obviously, amazing. I rode the halfpipe a couple times and went through some glades. Mostly it was just great to be outside with two of my best friends, doing what we love to do.
Adam wore his GoPro HERO™ video camera and got some great shots of me carving up the trails. Unfortunately, he also got me writhing on the snow in excruciating pain after stupidly grabbing a tree with my right hand. Wrists, I painfully realized, are not supposed to bend the way mine did. It still hurts.
On all but the first two runs (I left my iPhone in the car) I was recording our position with my new Ski Tracks app on the iPhone. According to Ski Tracks our maximum speed for the day was 35.4 miles per hour. We covered more than thirty-three thousand vertical feet and thirty-four miles in just under six hours.
The snow conditions were nice. Everything, however, was wet. It was raining and misty and foggy. We were soaked. The last couple runs were in fog so thick it was difficult to see other skiers, the snow or where the trails went. Not being able to see the shadows on the surface makes riding very difficult. At speed it is almost impossible to anticipate the bumps, so it is crucial to keep the legs loose to absorb the undulations, drops and small hills. Also, to my surprise, it is difficult to guage speed without shadows on the snow. At one point I was finally able to see the snow and realized I was going much faster than I thought. Needless to say, those runs weren’t the best of the day. They were tentative, confusing and too slow.
The best run of the day for me was when we took the North Peak Express quad lift to North Peak, where we came down 3D before cutting over on the quiet and powdery Broadway Connection and dropped into the Enchanted Forest glades. We exited Enchanted Forest onto the bumps of Absolutely, beneath the quad we had rode to the peak. It was absolutely fantastic!