With the lack of wind this past fall and winter I started having boarding withdrawals. I needed to get my boarding fix somehow. So I decided to go all in and give snowboarding a shot. I got all the gear and got a season pass to Mammoth Mountain. I have never really snowboarded before and have only gone skiing a couple times when I was younger, but I figured it can’t be that much different from kiteboarding, wakeboarding, and surfing.
Mammoth is an incredible mountain with nearly 30 lifts and an endless variety of terrain with lots of park riding. My first trip to Mammoth we went for a week. My first run down I picked it up nearly instantly and the next run I hit jumps and boxes throwing little 180s here and there. I wasn’t the fastest rider those first couple days, but I still managed the challenging black diamonds. I was having a blast! The feel of a new sport and thrill of accomplishing my goal so quickly, was extremely exciting. It snowed heavily and we had two powder days. Powder riding is a pretty unique experience. When you hit fresh powder, you float on top and everything is silent. I have only experienced that silent floating feeling when I boost while kiting. Pretty amazing.
This winter I spent 20 days riding, most of which were at Mammoth. I also went to China Peak a couple days, which was the only place I have previously ever gone skiing. It was really fun to now be bombing the mountain and hitting the biggest jumps in the park.
Luckily I never got injured on the multiple trips despite my friends, breaking ankles, busting teeth, broken wrist, and 15 stitches. My knee injury didn’t really bother me as long as I wore my brace and I made sure to progress at a reasonable rate that would leave me intact and having fun.
I am so glad I finally started snowboarding and I encourage everyone to get on the mountain. The stoke you will have when you bomb a fresh powder run is indescribable.