As a snowboard instructor I’ve bought a lot of gear over the years. I’ve figured out what you really need and what is a waste of money that will make you freeze your ass off.
Before we get into it, you must be wondering: What’s an intermediate snowboarder? In Snow Sports Schools we generally consider intermediates to be a level 3 or 4 – someone who is linking turns from heels to toes and mostly cruises on green and easy blue runs.
For those skiers and snowboarders who do back to back winter seasons, coming home can be both the best and worst part of our year.
I’ll let you in on a secret. I hate getting up before the sun rises. My alarm goes off. It’s pitch black, cold and I really, really don’t want to get out of my warm blankets. But I do, semi-regularly, to go on sunrise adventures.
If there’s one thing you don’t want to see when you’re on a double black diamond run, it’s another snowboarder hurtling towards you.
Believe it or not, being a ski or snowboard instructor isn’t all powder days and partying. Welcome to the secret world of instructing where we work hard, are frequently poor and have to deal with way too many bodily fluids.
My first trip to Canada has begun and I’ll be spending 7 months in this mountainous and maple-loving country.
Sam and I sat at the top of the slide. Not a fun “weee!” sort of slide though. This one led into muddy, waist-deep water filled with ice. We took a look at each other, grimaced and pushed off.
I’m not the sort of person who would go vego. If you has asked me what my favourite food was 6 months ago I would have said roast beef. I liked my steak medium-rare.