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Hunter and Belleayre

Posted by forlogos on February 24, 2008

On February 12, I went to Hunter by myself. I was very excited for this weekday because fresh snow was supposed to have fallen and would continue to fall throughout the day. Well, it started to fall at 3pm, and there was barely any of it. It if were a weekend, conditions would have been much worse, given how crowded Hunter gets during weekends. I tend to avoid that mountain like a plague on weekends. Weekdays are always a different story.

Well, it wasn’t an ordinary weekday. There was some FDNY event and races being held. There were so much firemen on the mountain, I really hope that no fires broke out in the city. Weird thing I noticed was that it was all firemen, none of their kids, wives, or families. I overheard one of them saying that they were given the budget to go to the mountain that day. My tax dollars at work. Oh yeah, whenever I shared a chairlift with firemen, the conversation was almost always about people and I always heard “the brother of this”, “the brother of that”. Firemen are great people and everyone in the city appreciates the hard and dangerous careers that NY’s bravest do.

A few days later, on February 16, I went to Belleayre with AG, my friend I, AG’s friend H, and H’s church. It was as icy as the Ice Coast gets, but overall it was a nice, sunny day. Me and AG’s first run was through the trees. There was some very sweet pow on the way to the woods, but the snow in the woods wasn’t as good. It felt crunchy, baked. Like a mentos, hard and crispy on top, softer inside. AG has a bad fall and landed hard on a rock. Her behind bruised bad.


While crossing though the top of the mountain, I saw this tree that had a deformed heart. Since it was only two days since Valentines, I took a pic. Think I can sell this for next year’s February Hallmark holiday?


While on a chairlift, AG noticed that skiers’ shadows look like frogs. “BUD…”


“…WEIS…”


“…ER!!!”


My Friend I on his third snowboarding day


Him taking a noob fall


Me going down a diamond. My first time to be shot while snowboarding. A skier almost ran into me, so I almost fell

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Okemo – Feb 2nd

Posted by forlogos on February 22, 2008

On February 2nd, me, AG, and my friend I, went by bus to Okemo. On the way there, we ran into another boarder, who joined us for the rest of the day. So we became friends with him, let’s call him R.

All in all, it was a good day. Great snow in the morning, getting icier in the pm. Typical good east coast conditions. The lower mountain had good conditions for most of the day. Me and AG did a lot of runs with R. It was my friend’s I second time to go boarding, Belleayre was his first.

Emilios Ski Shop’s bus drivers are really bad this year. It took two or so more hours than usual to get home and an hour more to get there. This year, they seem to be using GPS devices that are set to “shortest route” rather than “quickest time”. This has translated into more local roads, less highways, less speed, and a great deal of more time. All the trips I’ve taken with them this year has taken longer than usual. It took more than three hours one time to get to Hunter!! Overall though, they still provide a great and convenient deal…

Some Okemo pix:


Here’s R in the foreground, making his down a blue


And AG, down the same blue trail


And a blurry version of that


Here’s R after going down some steeps. Can’t remember if it was a single or double black…


And AG going down that same steep…

R and AG going down a steep portion of a cruiser


view from one of the chairlifts


Some snow-gunned trees at the peak

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Winter Wonderland

Posted by forlogos on February 22, 2008

I woke up today to a few inches of snow – about 5″ when I walked out of the apartment at noon. This winter has shown very little snow, so I just had to take (some more) pictures.

As I was walking around, I couldn’t stop smiling. I love snow!!!

… the mountains are gonna be very good for boarding tomorrow …

Hoboken


Elmhurst

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weather’s back – Belleayre

Posted by forlogos on February 22, 2008

The weekend after, on January 21, I went with a friend to Belleayre. It was nice to see that winter was back, there was snow everywhere.

Conditions on the trails were good before 3pm, as usual for this mountain. The trees were another story as there just wasn’t enough of a base (not enough snow). There were too many roots and branches sticking out – I even fell once and felt a branch sticking up my back. Needless to say, I scratched up my board real good in that one run, the only run I made through the trees.

Belleayre’s a great mountain with seemingly always good (for the east coast) conditions. As usual, because of the geographical position of the mountain, everything turns to $hi+ after 3pm. The upper mountain, where all the blue and diamond trails are, get covered in the mountain’s shadow. This freezes everything and all the snow turns to ice. As a second pow, all the shadow reduces visibility to a great extent so you can’t see much. The trails just look white, you can’t see depth, the contours, and whatnot. Boarding through ice you can’t see is doable, but more of an exercise of frustration.

Anyway, I still like Belleayre. It’s close to the city and when conditions are good, the woods are awesome!!

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Climate change at Windham

Posted by forlogos on February 21, 2008

On January 12, a few days after my doc gave me the go-ahead for Snowboarding, me and AG went to Windham. It was a nice day, I remember having a good time riding the corn snow. I know right, spring conditions in the middle of winter!!

Anyway, there was no snow anywhere but on the trails. It was sad to see. Climate change is here and it’s real.

Here are some disheartening pictures I took:

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tallying up the months

Posted by forlogos on February 15, 2008

Thought about this earlier today…here’s my current tally

9 months since I had a regular full-time job
8 months since my BJJ injury
5 months of physical therapy (1 month pre-op, 4 months post-op)
5 months (almost) since surgery
2 months officially unemployed
1 month snowboarding
half a month collecting unemployment

1 month until I give up job hunting and look for internships again
2 months until this term is done

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updates

Posted by forlogos on February 14, 2008

With me out of action from BJJ, I’ve also been out of action from the blogosphere…sucks.

Anyway, some updates….

– the internship I had at the end of last year ended in December
– I’m unemployed and looking for work
– my cash stash is nearly depleted, but am glad it has lasted me 9 months (and surgery and therapy)
– my doctor gave me the go-ahead for snowboarding in the second week of January
– I’ve gone boarding four times already
– I can go back to BJJ, although I’m not strong enough to do push-ups yet
– I have very limited funds, with it being winter I’d rather put what I have in snowboarding. In the summer, I’d definitely be back on the mat ASAP
– I need a job so I can hit the mat already
– after months and months of therapy, I finally had my last session today
– I’ve regained all my range-of-motion, even motion that is usually lost after shoulder surgery. Now I have to work harder on regaining my strength
– I’ve been gone from the blogosphere for months, but you already knew that
– my snowboard instructors are under a layer of dust – can’t wait to take pix again

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Happy Holidays

Posted by forlogos on December 25, 2007

Happy holidays everyone!!

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Winter’s around the corner :)

Posted by forlogos on November 19, 2007

I’d been meaning to post this for a while now, but I’ve just been too busy…

 Farmer’s Almanac Where To Hit The Slopes in 2007 and 2008.   Good news, the Ice Coast should be getting lots of snow this winter!!  Hurrah!!

Also, there was finally some snowflakes on the forecast – – I love this time of year!

I don’t know when I’ll be ready to go snowboarding yet since my shoulder is still going through therapy – but I can’t wait!!

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Where’s Waldo?

Posted by forlogos on August 30, 2007

….er, where’s the Snowboard Instructor?

There’s a whole load of pix of Snowboard Instructors….check it out. It’s how Freestyle Max does their contests.

Pics of snow…can’t wait to board!

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