Park City - Fall Training Part 1

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Park City - Fall Training Part 1

Over the past few years, I've always tried to come out to Park City for some fall training before the winter gets going at the Utah Olympic Park. At first only staying a few days, until last season when I decided to try and stay for a month to hit water ramps and train at the US Team gym known as the Center of Excellence (COE).  I enjoyed the time I spent last year, especially from hanging out at the COE to jump on the trampoline. Over the past few seasons though I've gotten less and less enthusiastic about coming to jump on the water ramps. While they're a great tool to help learn tricks, overall the experience began to take more and more of a toll on the body. This year though, the game changed. Starting in Mammoth this spring and now in Park City, is this new type of airbag.

Photo by: Snowboarder Mag

Photo by: Snowboarder Mag

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For most skiers, the introduction of Airbags were first off met with enthusiasm. My first introduction to them was at summer camp, and to me it was a glimmer of hope as it was for many. To be able to learn new ski tricks in a safer environment, then possibly take them to snow for that same day. So once I had opportunity to try them out, I went a little wild and tried new doubles and other tricks I had only dreamed about. Until one sunny day I tried it out, and wasn't thinking of the lack of moisture on the bag. After a couple jumps in that day, I tweaked my knee, and chilled out on the sidelines to make sure I didn't tear anything. After that experience, and talking to others it seemed that most people were met by a sketchy experience on one, and ever since then I, along with most skiers started to shy away from them.

Photo by: Windells

Photo by: Windells

Last week, I finally was able to hit the new airbag with the US Team, and I can honestly say this will change the jump game progression immensely over the next couple years. I'd honestly be surprised if every country didn't have one in the next couple years. For me it's already helped me learn more in 2 weeks than I have in the past two seasons.

Bag jump essentials

Bag jump essentials

Photo by: Pete O'Brien

Photo by: Pete O'Brien

Along with continuing to session this bag the past couple weeks, I've been staying active at the COE, hitting the tramps, and spending time with the good people of PC. 

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Still in Utah for another couple of weeks before on snow training starts in New Zealand. Till then, I'm gonna continue to try some stuff on that airbag 😊.

Till next time,

-Noah

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Illumination Saddle

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Illumination Saddle

Following my trip to Mammoth, I went back to hang out in Government Camp, Oregon. During the last few years I've always come out here to ski, surf, and hangout with friends. For the past 3 years I've made a hike up to Illumination Rock on Mt.Hood with friends to ski, and simply enjoy the view. 

Yesterday we decided that it was the right day to go, and made our way up early afternoon via the chairlift to the top of Palmer, cause I'm way too lazy to hike up from the parking lot. From there we made it up to the good traverse spot in such good time, that me and a friend decided to continue another hour up to Crater Rock before descending to Illumination. 

Bryan and Derek about to make the traverse over

Bryan and Derek about to make the traverse over

Cerise up at Crater Rock

Cerise up at Crater Rock

While we were waiting for the sunset we were hanging out and bumping some tunes, when two of of the buddies hiked up to get a couple lines. Wish I could of hiked up with them to past the time, but by this time the ankle was already feeling very sore. Nevertheless, it was entertaining to see the line they picked and the shots turned out pretty great!

Photo by: Tyler Carr

Photo by: Tyler Carr

JLab Crasher Mini speaker came in clutch!

JLab Crasher Mini speaker came in clutch!

Mt.St Helens looking all pretty

Mt.St Helens looking all pretty

Easily one of the more chilly experiences I've had up there, with wind howling the entire evening. While that was unfortunate, what it gave us back in return was one of the craziest cloud experiences I've ever seen. With so many clouds gathering and moving by, that it resembled a tide rushing past the mountain. 

Photo by: Tyler Carr

Photo by: Tyler Carr

This was followed by the clouds rushing up the mountain, and engulfing us for a time. After they separated, what was left was an amazing sunset that keeps me coming back up year after year. 

Already looking forward to the hike next year, hopefully next time I can join in on skiing some lines, or hitting a jump. 

-Noah

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