I got an early start to the snowboard season this year. On Sunday, Dec 18 I went riding with my bro Ben (of course), and friends Betty, John & Luq to Blue Mountain in Collingwood. Ontario ski hills aren’t something I’m happy with nor challenged by, but a day riding anywhere is better than a day sitting on the couch. But I was actually surprised by Blue Mountain. It’s much better than Moonstone where we went last year. The trails are somewhat longer and there’s some steeper pitches to the hill. It’s definitely somewhere I’d consider going again for a couple of times this year.
It was a good warmup to get the legs going (the first day of the season is always the worst). The snow was very good as we’d just gotten a storm earlier in the week. We even found some small areas of untouched snow. We did a few runs in the half pipe as well. I was a lot more confident this year after practising last year. The pipe wasn’t as icy, there was sun keeping the snow soft on one wall. I even spun an accidental backside 360 at the end of my first run. I was only going for a 180 but I had overcorked myself and the flex in my board spun me around more than expected. All of a sudden I was all the way around 540 degrees and let out a “whooo” of surprise. I took 5 runs in the half that day and my legs got more tired after each run. I’d like to spend a few more days this year practising the half.
A fun and tiring day overall. A few more days like that will get me prepped for our big trip in March.