It’s January now and snowboarding isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Nikki was sitting at my kitchen table having to convince me that it was even worth going to ride last weekend. Mt.Hood has seen only rain during the month of December and the snow pack is thinner than in most year’s October snow levels.
CJ, Kelso, Nikki and I put a day in at Meadows regardless of the conditions. The sun was out in full force, which was too tempting to pass up a day outside of the valley fog. The mountain was firm, real firm and extra thin. I’ve never seen Mt.Hood with spinning lifts and such thin snowpack. The Meadows grooming and parks crews have been doing their best though. The corduroy was just thick enough to lay an edge into and the park was far better than expected. They built a top to bottom park run out of natural wind drifts that build up during storms in unusual ridge-line locations not often ridden. The extra effort paid off. There were a bunch of riders enjoying a long run with fun features spread throughout. The ice scared us out of any daring riding but we shot a few clips of some timid airs.
First of it’s kind for the season, Kelso and CJ making a lap through the early season Vista park at mt.Hood Meadows.