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Matthew Gibson

Learning New Things

By December 31, 2012

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snowboarderContinuous learning key to success, not only in snowboarding, but in life. With that in mind, I set out this month to educate myself about several topics that were long overdue.

First, I strapped my Solomon Grip to the top of the car and headed to Wyoming to visit to resorts I'd never been to before: Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. While there I learned many useful things, such why you should take off your snowboard pants before driving for five hours in a car in which your girlfriend is controlling the heat, what it feels like to shred 4139 feet of continuous vertical, how to drive through a snowstorm in a station wagon that lacks winter tires, and why Grand Targhee may be the best-kept secret in the United States (I'll give you a hint: more champagne powder than any other hill I know).

After doing a series of nosedig-frontflips in the fluffy Wyoming powder, I also learned some hard lessons about camber, specifically why a hybrid camber board is far less ideal for deep whitesmoke than a rockered board.

But, from the photo above, I'm sure you can see that everything worked out OK.

My New Year's resolution is to continue my education in big mountain powder with trips to Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, as well as others.

I haven't decided exactly where else to go yet. Do you have any suggestions for me?

Happy New Year! May your snow be deep and dry!



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