Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Adaptation A - Rough Script Idea.
Now whether you're a expert or a beginner on our mountain homes away from home, one thing we can all agree on is that we're psyched to grab our boards or skis, get out there and shred!
But before you go running into the pow in your long johns and go pro, we're going to let you in on some of the unwritten laws of the mountain, so you don't look like a total Jerry!
Here are some examples of the Conventions of Snowboarding (and Skiing)
1. Don't Smash your board into other peoples in lines!
We all know that the lift cue can get a bit hectic, hell we've all got impatient with a slow talkative group before, but thats no reason to bump ugly and knock boards, treat your board right and she'll treat you back!
2. Get prepared to be slashed on your first week.
Like a classic hazing ritual an essential experience when first learning the ways of the piste is getting slashed while you're down. But what is getting slashed? Slashing is when the snow has a thick enough layer that you can really spray it in a wave when you turn, but it can be used to cover unsuspecting shredders in a chilly wave of indignity. But don't worry, it just means you're being embraced into the culture, plus they say its good luck!
3. Know How to Stop.
On the topic of slashing, anyone confident enough to perform this to another person should be confident in their ability to control their speed and perform controlled stops. You can laugh off being sprayed by snow but sliding into a stationary boarder trying to show off is a bad move, not cool. For beginners this is the first thing you should master, as it can really save your bacon on some of those sketchier features.
4. Don't sit in the middle of the Piste.
We get it, snowboarding is a load of fun but its a little more physically draining than your Sunday golf games, but when you want to take a load off please dont do it in the middle of a run, not only are you endangering yourself but also the other boarders. Either ride the run down until you reach a flat area where the runs split or find a safe place at the side of the piste.
5. Don't be a show off.
If you're out with your bros for the day or waiting to drop in at the park, and you see your fellow boarder try a trick and fail, dont immediately try that same trick if you know you can do it, this is poor form and makes you that guy. The exception of this is if you are trying to help your buddy learn to do the trick, which brings us to our next point.
6. Impart Wisdom to the younglings.
Just like our cave men ancestors, we are blessed with the ability to share what we've learned with others. Except instead of telling newbies how to hunt woolly mammoths we now teach the ways of the shred. If you see a boarder struggling with a trick, or you see something wrong with there technique, don't be afraid to tell them nicely! Not everyone's been on a plank since they could walk, maybe you know something they don't.
7. Wait your turn in the park.
Now you've got your grips with the piste maybe it's time to take your steez to a new level in the park. When you arrive though and notice the line of boarders sitting next to each other, they're not just shooting the breeze but waiting their turn to drop in, so join the line and the conversation. But if it seems they aren't moving you can always ask if they're next, maybe they're waiting for a friend or just watching.
8. Get out the way if you wipe out.
So you hit the terrain park, you thought you could handle the kicker but you ate it pretty badly, but you're okay, time to get yourself out the way of the landing zone, the person behind you wants a clear landing pad, and you really don't want a board to the head...
9. Share your water and snacks.
Youre on the lift with your buddy, and you crack open your rucksack to refuel on some liquid and candy bars to keep your energy up, your friend wasn't as wise as you and didn't even bring a bag. But on the mountains we look out for our nearest and dearest, so share your snacks and keep them hydrated! Don't make him suffer. And finally on the topic of friends...
10. There ARE Friends on Powder day!
Its here, you've waited all week, maybe even the month for the prophesied powder day, you went to bed early, made sure all your gear is dry so you can catch the first lift, and head out. But we've all heard that old saying "No friends on Powder day" But really, who goes boarding on their own, make sure all your pals are awake too, and go find the sweetest off piste spots together and shred some Pow! Plus with friends around you have people to back up your rad stories.
And thats it, hopefully you now have a new found understanding of some do's and donts of the mountains, and most importantly have fun out there!