Monday, May 27, 2013

2013 Season Recap #2: Gimme gimme snow (and data)!

View of snow from hotel room in Denver
April 2013
I developed temporary amnesia about the early-season east coast winter conditions, as all of the snow that hit Colorado during April and the amazing season-end riding conditions at Copper provided strong distractions. The limited early-season snow and mild temperatures delayed the first Appalachian Series races, which originally were scheduled for the weekend of January 12-13 at Wisp. Since the races were canceled, and the weekend weather turned into springtime-shred warm, I ended up taking laps through the Alley jump line at Springs and in the process made some new friends from the Pittsburgh Intercollegiate Snowboard Team.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

2013 Season Recap #1: The magic 8-ball predictions were pretty close...

Unfortunately, at times we are our worst critics.

The magic 8 ball did a fairly good job with 2012-2013 winter weather predictions, even though it seems to be a bit critical of itself (see photo at right). The temperature flip flops became somewhat less extreme towards the end of the season, and late in December the snow finally started falling (and is still coming down in Colorado!). Although I don’t recommend the magic 8 ball as a rigorous scientific model, it did make me smile when my friend admitted to checking the app on her phone to find out if her recent journal manuscript submission would be accepted with minor corrections.

The weather situation in early December prevented any snowboarding at Seven Springs prior to the Great Southern Holiday Road Trip, so I worked with Jb in the gym to keep conditioned and ready for the upcoming race season.