Preface: So I’m writing this post nearly a month after the fact. It’s hard to believe it’s been “only” that long since my last time on the snow, so many spring/summer things have happened since, it seems the season is MUCH further away…
Sun…lots of sun. And with that comes heat of course. Well, to be fare I’ve been boarding when it’s been bluebird clear but wicked cool. This was not one of those days. I wore thermal bottoms, but the tops was just a long sleeve T and my jacket, and at times that was too much. The snow was sticky and slick, depending on if you could find the shadows or not, most of the time it was like riding on a Slurpee. A good time seemed to be had by all, just ask the folks in sun dresses (girls & guys), bikini tops (yes, girls & guys there too), or the giant hot dog (gender undetermined).
14 days on the snow. I just barely broke even on my season pass, but that’s ok. The freedom it provides more than makes up for any math. Last year saw me on the hill more than twice that. This year was much more relaxed, and it showed in my efforts to get on the hill along with my riding in general. It was a good year, and despite its length I don’t find it lacking. Plus, for the first time in I don’t know how long, I’m not dreading the approach of summer. I like to think this means that I’ll be looking forward to the snow once again come November. But for now bring on the sun!

I decided to take a quick morning trip up the Canyon as Angy had to work this morning and the snow had come. 11″ of it as a matter of fact! Brighton looks totally different than how it did a week and a half ago, what a difference a few more inches can make (zing!).
The snow was soft and plentiful, and while not terribly deep I did get my pow float on somewhat. I was only up there for a few hours, and I did spend a goodly amount of time tweaking my bindings a boots. I decided to try loosening things up a bit as I’ve historically ridden very, very tightly but I’ve come to the conclusion that this might be holding me back. I imagine this experiment will take a few days to sort itself out.
The other reason for the short day is that I’ll be going again tomorrow, this time with Angy and her niece, who will be going for her first time. That should be a lot of fun…I hope she loves it as much as we have.

I decided to do a quick post each day I hit the slopes. As this decision has come retroactively, we’ll see how past posting goes.
11/10/11 – Opening Day
First day Brighton is open for the season and it was surprising good…and crowded. I was fortunate enough to be there for opening day last year and it wasn’t nearly as crowded. It might had something to do with the fact that there was limited terrain so that there more more folks in a smaller space, but despite that it was a good time.
The snow was quite good, so long as we stayed on the trails and the temperature warmed up nicely. The best part about the day though was seeing how much Angy had progressed since last season. It’s kind of amazing how the human body/mind works, but the break has done her good. She’s riding with more confidence and control than even at the last day of last season, it was exciting to watch. It’ll be fun to watch her progress through the season.
As for myself, I was a little worried that my switch riding would suffer a bit, but my fears were unfounded and switch seems to come more naturally every time I ride…