After a quick trip to the on site country store at 7:30 to pick up bagels, cream cheese and 1/2 n 1/2 we went back to our condo for breakfast.
(Messy) condo shot.
Then we got the GMan’s gear sorted and headed straight for the top!
Clearly this is spring boarding east coast style. Since we were on the hill early the pcondition were okay. However, it got slushy very quickly.
We got in four runs before our lesson at 10:00am. The GMan and I were joined by one other participant so it was more of a private than group lesson. The instructor (Bryce) was very good and we all picked up a few tips. I wanted to get better at going goofy (normally regular) as I seem to end up going goofy when I get in trouble. So picking up a few pointer will help. I think we got in four more runs and two different lifts. By the way all the lifts so far a doubles and lets just say you get a nice rest while ascending!
For the first time ever I jumped the gun on the lift line. After a slice of humble pie we were moving again! I guessed I just spaced for a few.
Next was lunch…a salad for my. I needed a bowl of greens and then back to the condo. Apparently the morning wore out the GMan and he called it quits on boarding for today. No worries are we are here all week, not sure if the snow will be! I believe it’s off to the fun zone in a bit. Nap time.
The trip north was fun. We came up 3 to 89 to 100 to 108.
The office at 60 mph!
Top it off and media fix
No trip is complete without an ice cream and what could be better than Ben & Jerry’s. We took the tour and had extra ice cream after. Yum yum.
Ben & Jerry’s Tour
One for me.
One for my better 1/2.
Chunky Monkey sample (I think). In any event it was great.
Post tour event. This was a small!
We ended up in Stowe VT ski area on 108, which is the wrong side of the mountain! Apparently my GPS didn’t know that the mountain pass is closed this time of year! After consulting a paper map, yes paper, and a quick phone call to Smuggler’s Notch we drove 100 north to 15 West to 108 East. On the way is started to rain but not for long. However it was in the seventies for most of the trip. This will defiantly be spring boarding.
Rainbow on 100.
After settling in we took a dip in the pool and had supper. I sleep soundly for a few hours and decided that blogging at 3am was just as good as any other time. More later.
Our annual trek to the A Cappella concert.
Good show all around. My money on MIT! We just voted do we’ll know in a minutes who’s going to win.
The winner is “Chorallaries of MIT”
Next to Guinness boiled dinner rocks. This is Jessica’s creation and it was great.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all. Have a beer for Ireland and me! Cheers, (from off the boat, well…..plane) Alan
2 more day and the GMan and I will be heading north for 4 days of end of season snowboarding. If anyone is in or around Smuggler’s Notch VT ping me.
I test drove this one yesterday. 2.5L Turbo. Nice car!
Update on my car inspection. Yesterday morning while driving our kids to school I noticed the flashing cruse and solid check engine light were out. According to my Subaru dealership this combination of festive lights means the gas cap was not or is not properly closed. I’m not sure I believe them as every time they reset it, it come back on again. The last few time I filled the gas tank myself and made sure the cap was on!
In any event I saw a window of opportunity to return to the garage to get re-tested. The last time I were there the guy that ran the test reminded me of Colin McRae. I asked in passing this time where he was from as he looked like a lad who fell off the boat so to speak, last week. Turns out his dad is from Dublin and his mom is from Donegal. Clearly he’s 1st generation Irish, and he also said that his mom’s side of the family was from Scotland! So perhaps our Mr. Murphy is related to the late great rally driver from Scotland.
Mr Murphy (I never got his first name) never made it to Ireland and said he’d like to some day. I meet so many people that say this and unfortunately never make it. After re-testing, my car passed with flying colors and off I went a happy man.
Many years ago my brother introduced me to snowboarding. During one of our many conversation he wisely said that “one of the most important pieces of equipment is a good pair of gloves”.
I tried on many and finally shelled out just under $100 for a pair of Burton’s Gore Tex gauntlet style. They had removable liners and wrist strings so you wouldn’t loose them on the chair lift. For years I used them for everything from boarding to snow blowing and back to tossing snowballs at the kids. Simply put they were bullet proof, never leaked and my hands were always warn.
However, like myself they started showing signs of wear! At the start of this season they took a turn for the worse. The outer material started flaking off a few fingers and thread were showing in the fingers tips. Also, the thumbs lost all the outer coating and on real cold day my fingers were getting cold.
The quest was on to find replacements. At ten year plus I knew I was not going to find a pair like mine, but I really wanted to come close. I must have tried on fifty pairs of gloves and I even took a few runs in a pair of Swany X-Cell ll Gloves. They were very warm but I couldn’t get them to go over my jacket arms, just under. Two runs later I didn’t like how that felt so off they came and on went my Burtons. The other concern was how long it would take for an all leather glove to dry. Quite a while it turned out even after two runs. Thankfully the store took them back.
Other than getting gloves that I liked I also needed to get them on over my wrist guards. At this stage it’s all about making it down the hill in one piece, do I won’t board without them. After additional research I came across Hestra gloves. I ordered a pair of there Heli Gloves from backcountry.com for $ 80 and some change. According to Hestra’s sizing chart I needed a size 9, but with my wrist guards that turned into a size 10. With free two day shipping I had them in no time and at first glance I was very impressed. Like my Burton’s they have a removable liner and wrist strings, except it’s a string that attaches to the glove and an elastic material band that goes on your wrist. I don’t think you could accidentally drop them even if you tried. They feel warmer that the Burton’s as the liners are much heavier. I can easily get my hand with wrist guard into them. I may order a pair of liners that a size 9 at some point but I can use
my old liners also. All in all I’m very happy with them and I cant wait to try them out.
BTW. I did find a few loose thread on one seam but one live chat with backcountry and a replacement pair was on the way. No question asked, no hassle and they included a free UPS shipping tag.
Go here for details on Hestra Heli Gloves: http://hestragloves.com/en-us/gloves/alpine-pro/heli-glove/
Go here for backcountry: backcountry.com
Go here for details on Swany X-CELL II GLOV: