My good friend Sussexsnow took Winter Highland's advice yesterday. He sent this grinning picture from his phone while enjoying his local hill in Ashdown Forest.
He was not the only one taking advantage of the snow, he met three other riders on the hill and has posted some good photos.
I grew up in Sussex and it has long been an ambition of mine to ride the South Downs. This could be the weekend to do it but my faith was weak. I have a trip booked to the Alps instead.
The Finn, Antti Autti, kicked off his final run in the Winter X games Superpipe competition last night with a pair of back to back 1080°s. Wow. No wonder he took gold.
SCUK has timings for the weekend's Channel 4's coverage of last week's Snowboard World Championships in Whistler, strangely they talk as though the comp is yet to run:
"Watch out for Zoe Gillings and Lesley McKenna for the UK, who are both fit and capable of winning their events."
I just read that Juan Pablo Montoya had his board stolen and it got me thinking about who rides. It comes as no surprise that Montoya is a snowboarder but I have noticed a couple of other consistent correlations: bikers and techies.
When I get chatting to other riders they often turn out to be one or the other, I can understand the link with bikers, who tell me that it is a similar sort of adrenaline rush, but what is it about computers and snowboards?
I am always on the look out for snowboard or ski related blogs but, to date, they have been few and far between. Lately a few more have been coming out of the woodwork including MegèveSki, Len Holgate's blog which he intends to use to record his upcoming season in Megève.
I am optimistic that this season we will see a few more snowboard/ski blogs so I have updated the links section over on the right to include a sub section specifically for them.
Powder magazine has a good interview with Victoria Jealouse in which she talks about her approach to big mountain riding.
First Lesley McKenna broke her jaw, knocking her out of contention for the FIS World Cup halfpipe competition in which she was doing so well.
Now Tara Dakides bails very publicly in New York while filming a stunt for Letterman.