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Getting to compete individually in the new york high school sectional 1 championships and be captain of my undefeated high school race team despite no proper race training was the thing I'll remember the most about this season
But this is also the first season where I drove myself skiing and probably skied the most I ever have in a long time (my parents don't really ski) - I had 16 full days on skis and that doesn't include the roughly 15+ times of 2-3 hour gate hitting sessions at the local racing hill. I skied at 11 different mountains this year, which is probably almost as many different mountains I have skied in my entire life. The best part is, I can't really look back at a day this season and say, "Man, that sucked!" Everyday was a blast for me so far.
I hit up 3 mountains I have never skied before - Killington, Plattekill, and Greek Peak. I loved all three and will be skiing at Greek Peak all the time next year as I head to college at Cornell University.
I got a bit of day-after untracked, and most likely skied the most pow I maybe ever have in a season. With that being said, I probably only skied 15k vert of lightly tracked to untracked pow this season (being in a family of non skiers and living on the east coast will never get you a lot of powder experience). The only day I skied right after a storm (my first day of the season at Windham in late December), I skied about 4 and a half turns of untracked pow. Meanwhile, day-after Nemo skiing at Platty had me poaching the goods for probably close to 10k vertical before I tracked it all out and Greek Peak in late March wielded practically unlimited pow which was awesome.
At Stratton, I tried to learn a 3 after mastering the 180. Wiped 6 straight times on my face. 3 times caught on video. Gotta go balls in, eh? (Disclaimer: I did kinda land one of them, but my lack of a compass did not help much)
Anyways, this was clearly my best year skiing in at least 4 years. Conditions seemed to be great all the time when I was out there too, and I'll definitely remember this season and hoping for many more to come. But wtih that being said, I really wanna ski Killington come may or june when baseball gets out of the way :)
Going to Mammoth for the first time ever for 4 days and going back again next week for 3.
Getting my first pair of new skis and bindings that I picked.
Eating it in the first hundred yards of a decent powder day after doing who knows what and finding out I had double ejected, lost my as of 30 seconds ago brand new fan goggles, didn't hurt, and was able to dump all the snow out of the goggles and have them be dry 20 minutes later.
Getting my wife and a buddy to go skiing and enjoy it.
Epic is maybe too strong of a word for my year, I think it's more a short story. =D
I did the Canalone at Madesimo -- that's our signature offpiste route -- with my wife and both our kids, 9 and 5 (first time for the 5 year-old). That was awfully cool. Cooler even than this (which I also did this season).
17 runs in 17" of dry powder at Wachusett.
A 4" powder day at Snowmass - Hanging Valley Glades, Powerline Glades and Long Shot were the highlights of that day.
An 8" powder day at Berkshire East, following my ski patrol friends around to all their secret glades.
Who would think that the top 2 powder days of the year would be in Massachusetts?!
hey bumpfreaq, i'm curious, are you willing to share which small hill that was?
Think my funnest day was at steamboat. snowed litely overnight, slowed slowly all day, and by afternoon it had accumulated to the point of fresh powder lines which were immediately available under the chairlift and between 1 and 3:30 pm i saw about 5 people skiing in there.
While the next day was a full-on powder day, i had to share the hill with alot more people.
And, the most rewarding endeavor, is watching my little racers progress over the season, but that isn't a moment as much as a process.
i was wondering if it was the basin. Think i'm gonna drive to montana next winter, instead of flying into whitefish, in order to have to opportunity to go there, or lost trail, turner mountain, or some other place where its snowing. thank you Bumpfreaq! dave
One singular moment: Skiing Vail after a nice powder drop overnight with good friends from Wisconsin who I only see a couple of times a year.
Season-long moment(s): Skiing with the family and experiencing The Wife and kids (11 and 6) fall in love with the sport. Watching the kids get better each outing is really rewarding even though I didn't have much to do with it. A few lessons got their juices flowing and made outings enjoyable.
With apologies to the more secretive folk in Montana:
I highly recommend it. My original plan was to hit a few more of the smaller spots and in retrospect I wish I had. After Discovery I hit Snow Bowl before Bridger and Big Sky. Gotta say I was pretty impressed with the hills and the peeps.
So as not to clog this thread up too much with blubbering such as above, here's another stand out moment from this season:
The first run of the second day of the season, I felt a bunch of sensations I've never felt before in the bumps. It was the first day on my MX88s and the second day in my Vacuum 130s so I was feeling a lot of new sensations but there were twelve turns that stood out.
I was at Mary Jane and my plan was to head to the top of the mountain to get the feel of this new combo in some real wide spaces. To get to the appropriate lift I had some choices of what to ski and at first I was thinking conservatively but the snow was fine and the first bunch of turns felt so good that I headed to Columbine, a short bump run. The new snow was not deep but it was really nice and soft so I dropped into the bumps, made a few roundish turns then found myself real comfortable in the zipper line...and it quickly dawned on me that I'd never ever made turns like these in the bumps.
I'd say I made a dozen or so turns that were mainly airborne in a porpoisy fashion. Everything seemed to move in slow motion as I traveled pretty directly down the fall line. I came into the turn with the tips of my skis making first landing in the rut or very low on the shoulder of the bump I was just clearing. The front of the ski would load as it moved up the next bump and the portion under my boot made contact. By the time my tails were firmly on the snow, the spring released and I floated through the air over the bump. It seemed that I was in the air twice as long as it took to get my weight balanced over the new downhill ski in order to manage the forces that I was about to create upon landing again. I guess to an extent I was controlling the situation but it felt more like a blanket toss than a trampoline routine. I haven't really been able to replicate it since.
I'm going to do an obnoxious photo dump, but can't help it. It was my privilege to capture a few Epicskier moments this season.
Rickg was an "Extrovert" on the slopes of Blue Knob, PA, Feb '13
MarzNC is a Blue Knob smoothie
Chance of Snow begins the adventure of a lifetime at BK
Telerod15 high on Extrovert at BK
cantunamunch&andria at BK
Awesome Andria on Extrovert
Lady Salina stylin' once again
LaurelHillCrazie and daughter at BK
Cirquerider and daughter at BK
BWPA in the glades at Mad River Glen, VT, March '13
Marcus loved MRG
Freeski919 on Paradise at MRG
Hoss at Sugarbush, VT
Matthias99 at Sugarbush
AT_NYC @ Sugarbush
ski-3po at Mad River Glen, VT
KevinF at MRG
Matt and Lily at Stowe, March '13
Epic at Stowe
Crank and Robin at Stowe
JohnL glade skiing at Timberline, WV, Mar '13
Jimmy looking sharp for Snowy Luau at Timberline
My son Vince at Homewood, CA, Jan '13
Vince at Mt. Bachelor, OR
Vince at Sierra at Tahoe, CA
Start of the season was great, lots of early snow, and a my first time leading a new hire training program.
Worked my ass off through December, I think this was my first day off in mid Jan!
Took a roadtrip up North in Feb, cool inversion on our last run in Asahidake
Gopro screen grab
Early finish in March :(