Friday, October 24, 2008

New snowboard and bindings

I made an easy but economically tough decision last week. I bought a new snowboard and bindings. I couldn't really afford to but, after assessing the upcoming seasons goals, I had to buy a new specialty board.

I want to get my Level 2 Teaching Certification this season. I'll need to get it this season if I want to have any chance of getting expenses reimbursed by my Ski School.

So far, I've probably invested close to $1000.00 in books, training, clinics, and exam fees towards my Cert 2. There are time limitations for AASI-Rocky Mountain in completing things. I passed my Written Cert 2 Exam in January. I have all of my three on-snow exams left. Three days of exams at $125 each = $375.00 in exam only fees. This doesn't include gas, or hotel. Yikes!

So why did I buy a board? I needed a freestyle board. It's my weakest link. I needed freestyle bindings too.

Thankfully, Sierra Snowboards ran a fantastic sale last week. I picked up a Palmer Flash LTD twin tip board for $99.00 A really flexy, quality board. Yeah!

I looked around on the Sierra website some more and picked up the last medium size Burton P1 bindings they had for $138.00. Wow. A expert quality binding for an outrageous price.

They came yesterday by UPS. I'm so ready to try them out. I set them up like the Burton Triads that are on my freeride board. I still have to mount them to the Flash. I need to wax the board before mounting the bindings.

I really like the flex of the Flash and the P1's "Wow". I thought at first I bought some ugly duckling bindings. Heck, why would they still be around in a medium size? Not true. They look pretty tight and match the board graphics.

I have a new steezy setup for $238.00. Okay, I'm ready for the park!


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Saturday, October 18, 2008

The 2008/2009 Ski Season has started!

I can't believe it. The lifts started spinning again Wednesday at Loveland and A-Basin. About time. I'm tired of yardwork and pulling weeds.

I've already turned in my winter work schedule and we're having rehire orientation on Oct. 25. I'll pick up my pass and then our season starts Nov. 19th. Looks like things won't get busy till Christmas week though.

It's time to start hitting the books again and review DVD's. The memory always needs refreshing after the summer off.

I hope to do NASTAR again this year. I ended up winning my age division at Nationals in Steamboat in March. In the race where all age division champions race handicapped against one another, I won 4th overall place.

I think I may try USASA racing this year. The guys racing NASTAR at Steamboat thought I should do it. I'll have to get my dues paid by Oct 31.


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