Once again we took a day trip following massive snow, only to be greeted by unseasonably sunny weather. At this rate I’m wondering if I’ll even break 10 days this season, but I should still be able to at least make up the cost of the pass. At least we’re not Washington, where there’s apparently so little snow that the resorts are currently closed.
- Date(s): Sunday, January 30th.
- Who: Me, Rick, Trisha.
- We finally got our act together and actually drove up the night before. We stayed at the Best Western in Jackson, which was really pretty nice and only about $20 a head for the three of us, which is totally worth not getting up at 4:30 am. Instead we woke up at 7:15, after the sun had come up. If we ever manage to take a weekend trip this year, I think Jackson on Friday night and Minden on Saturday night would be the way to go.
- Even if it was a little warm, there was still a lot of nice snow to be found on the mountain. I didn’t really jump very much, and instead rode what we felt like of the mountain. Eagle bowl and Sentinel bowl (especially one run to the left) were both especially nice. The drain wasn’t bad, and the gully below sentinel was a lot of fun, too.
- I did manage to hurt myself more than average, but everything was minor: I cut underneath my thumbnail when I accidentally ran my nail through my pocket’s zipper; I scratched the back of my hand on my pocket’s velcro; I tweaked my ankle when I landed funny; I tweaked my wrist on another fall; I scraped my knee pretty painfully on some pretty hard ice when my two edge slipped out after a jump; And I tried to break my arm when I tried to push away from a tree going a lot faster than I realized.
- Most of my day was spent exploring how I actually felt about listening to music while snowboarding thanks to my new iPod shuffle. I liked it and I’m planning to do it more in the future, but there are definitely some details to mention:
- My left ear bud was falling out all day, which was incredibly frustrating. I’ve already solved this problem by buying the Giro Nine.9 Audio, the purchase of which is what I was really evaluating. I’ll have more to say about the helmet later.
- I was carrying the shuffle in my front jacket pocket, which was mostly alright, except for two problems:
- During certain jumps I would manage to hit forward or back or play, which kind of ruined the experience.
- The buttons are a little too small to actually use when I’m trying to find the right button through the material of my jacket and my snowboard gloves, complicated further by the fact that the shuffle moved around in my pocket. I ended up taking my glove off to operate it most of the time.
I’m ultimately hoping to solve both of these problems with the shuffle armband, but apparently not anytime soon according the estimated wait time (“5-7 weeks” as of this writing). The season’ll be over by then!
- Somehow the solid state shuffle got into a weird beeping / skipping mode about three times when I jolted it on a landing. It’s a solid state device, and that shouldn’t happen! If it happens more, I may complain to Apple, because it was pretty annoying; None of the buttons would respond, and I had to stop, take off my glove, dig it out of my pocket, turn it off, wait a few seconds, and turn it back on. Not so good for a device targeted at active users.
All that said, I still liked riding with music enough to invest in making it an even better experience. There’s nothing quite like a long run down Eagle bowl cutting through mounds of powder while listening to “Where is my mind?”