Park City - Fall Training Part 2

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Park City - Fall Training Part 2

The final two weeks have past by so quickly, with each day revolving around the theme of coffee, ski, gym, eat, ruckus, sleep, repeat.

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Two weeks ago the US Rookie team came to town, and thankfully I was allowed to session with them. While the first couple of days were a fun time, the weather started to turn a bit sour for us. When I came down to Utah, I was just leaving August warmth, and didn't even have the thought of snow coming in September. My fashion choices reflected this, and as such I was shivering after a quick, yet productive session. For the rest of the week we were on this routine, with a little bit of group League kickball in the mixture until the weekend.

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For awhile via social media I've been following two big name speakers, Tony Robbins and Gary Vaynerchuk. It just so happened that they were both speaking in Salt Lake one day that weekend, so I decided to go check it out. While the day itself was very long with a bunch of people speaking at this conference, it was very worth it and enjoyable to hear them talk in person.

Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins

The rest of the weekend included the Big Picture and Level 1 Productions movie premiere, followed by a very snowy Sunday.

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The following few days were again a blur of training routines, along with the Good Company Premiere. Hyped on how their movie turned out, and thankful I was able to get a shot in the movie. Last spring I unfortunately wasn't able to stick around for the whole shoot, so had to make the most of it.

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Back on the training side, these were some of the last chances I got on the bag, and as such tried to make the most of it. So many tricks I want to get dialed in New Zealand, and happy with how I ended my last session before flying out Thursday to Spokane.

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Very happy I was able to make the trip down to Utah this past month, and very thankful to everyone who helped make this trip so memorable. Hope to come back to Utah and shred some pow after the crazy contest season finishes up!

Till next time,

 -Noah

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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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