After an unplanned trip back to Hawaii that took me out of action for about 10 days, I returned to find winter has settled in nicely on Lone Mountain. All lifts and the majority of runs are open and the snow is deep.  The holiday crowds are here, but with over 5800 acres of skiable terrain,  you can still find yourself on a run all by yourself.

When there is fresh deep snow, I trade in my skis for a snowboard and my alter ego emerges.  Having surfing as a background, it is a natural transition.  I really enjoy making a big sweeping cut up the side of a trail, imagining it is a wave, and “hitting the lip” producing a big snowy spray.

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In my opinion, Moonlight is a more boarder friendly mountain.  There are fewer flat spots that would leave you hopping, jumping or skating to get you over the next ridge.There is nothing worse that falling short of the next descent, and having to unstrap and walk.  Its like the walk of shame.  Moonlight also offers benches to sit on while you strap in, and the run to the Six Shooter gets you right there, again without trekking.

On a lunch break, I popped into the Moonride Rental and Repair. I had some questions about my binding position because I had a lot of pressure on the outside of my lead foot.  Brian, went above and beyond to help me and I am happy to say that the adjustment of the front binding has me more balanced and pain free.  Thanks Brian!!

The last four days has been amazing, and has me energized for the rest of the season.  I better start counting!