Flowers are beginning to creep up through thin snow. Foliage is turning green. The pond at the bottom of the ski hill is getting bigger.
Spring is here, and -- with the exception of a few resorts -- the end of the season is coming.
This is a bittersweet time of year for me. I love snowboarding in a t-shirt on soft slush, grabbing big air in the park, and skimming across the giant puddle in front of the lodge for the amusement of the diners. But in the back of my mind is always the nagging thought that the season will be over soon, tinging the experience with a hint of sadness.
In snowboarding, as in life, change is what you make of it. One can look at the end of the season as...well...the end of the season, or one can look at it as an opportunity to start training to make sure the next winter will be the best ever.
I'm working hard to look at it as the latter, and in that vein have been studying up on different ways to improve my game in the off-season by stretching properly, working out my upper body and core, improving my balance, and learning techniques to minimize muscle soreness after a long day on the hill.
I even learned how to build a simple jib box to practice on at home.
Snow is recommended, but not required.
Finally, I'm happy to announce that I will be publishing a comprehensive monthly list of the most important events in snowboarding from competitions, to festivals, to trade shows. I've seen nothing else like it on the Internet and hope you'll find it useful!