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It started snowing yesterday afternoon, and this morning I see that it’s stuck.  This is a rare thing in Vancouver, and tends to make the whole city grind to a halt as all the people forget how to drive for a bit.  For those of us who grew up in places where it really snows, it’s kind of humorous.   Now, odds are that within an hour this snow will all be gone (at least down at this elevation), but the good news is if it snowed a bit down here it probably puked fresh pow on the mountains.

On Friday while I was coming home from work, a couple of kids got on the seabus with their snowboards and wearing full gear, obviously heading up to Grouse for some runs.  It got me a little excited for winter.   I don’t know if the mountain is officially open yet, but I can see a fair amount of snow up there, and “the cut” is completely white.  Often that doesn’t happen til well into December.  Woot!  I get the feeling that this could very well be one of those awesome years where there’s so much snow that every run is like fresh tracks, and falling is more fun than painful.

I did a fair amount of really bad snowboarding for a few years; not enough to ever get good at it, but enough to grow to love it.  For a while it was a birthday tradition for me that a bunch of us would head up to cypress for the day.  We would meet at the parking lot, all say hi, then everyone would go their own way based on their skill level and type of riding they preferred.  Me, I tended to stay on the green dot slopes.  We would all ride for 4-6 hours (depending on what time we started) with a break where several of us would meet for lunch, then meet up and head down to milestones Park Royal for dinner.  After that it was back to my house for a party that kind of combined Christmas, a couple of birthdays for me and a couple other holiday babies in my circle of friends, and New Years.   Those are some of my sweetest memories.

The very best day I ever had in Vancouver was one of those birthday boarding days.  There was an inversion going on, and in the city it was ugly, grey, cold and wet.  Everyone was bitchy, sick, or just sick of the rain (it had been a week or two I think), and we decided to go to Grouse instead of Cypress for some reason.   Standing at the top of “The Cut” that day was unbelievable; because of the inversion it was extremely warm (we rode with jackets off that day), sunny and bright.  If you’ve never been to Grouse mountain, “the cut”  is a very wide run that starts at the level the gondola lets off and ends at the bottom of the ski area.  It’s incredibly wide with no obstacles.   It’s not generally a real pleasant run because it gets all choppy from all the people who fall or ride their edges into ruts, but it’s super easy because its so wide.  On that day, you could see the bottom of the run, about 30 meters of trees and then…nothing but cotton.  The clouds were very white and puffy, the sun was sparkling on them a bit, and they were the perfect level that you couldn’t see any reminders of the city; no building tops, no lion’s gate, nothing.  It was spectacularly beautiful.  The white snow going into the white clouds…it was like riding into ‘soft’.  I think most of us just stood there for like half an hour and looked at it before we started riding.  I actually wiped out on one run because I was looking at the view and not paying attention and caught an edge.

About 5 years ago when my job situation changed and I spent a year working on my gaming cafe idea and then the next year or so underemployed while I tried to find a job that made sense, finances made boarding difficult.  I think we went once but I don’t remember it  being all that fun or good; I think it was a wet day combined with really hard and icy snow.  Last year, as I was finally turned around income wise I looked forward to getting a few days in on the slopes.  Then some slug broke into our storage locker and stole our boards right before the season started.  Sigh.  Now this year with all the changes in my life I’m not really in a position to buy a new board right yet as I have other priorities to take care of, so I probably won’t be buying a new board until at least January.  And that’s only if I can wiggle some other things out of the way.

It will probably be next year before I can comfortably be able to spend any time riding again.  I plan on doing it right; I’ll probably start with some lessons just to get my groove back and then try and make it up on a regular basis.  Maybe I’ll get a night riding pass and go weekly after work.  Now hopefully the snow will be as sexy as it looks so far this year.

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