Shredding some POWDER at Sugarbowl!!
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After the horrible storm the Bay Area was having all week, I began to worry about the snow conditions up in the Sierras?? Me and my friends had planned on going up to the snow on this particular weekend because that was the only day it would fit any of our schedules. Now mind you, the down pour that started at the beginning of the week posed an excellent outlook for us this weekend. But, for the storm to continue all week, was very worrisome. I SO did not want to get snowed in or worse be in an awful predicament. It didn't help that friends who wouldn't be joining us tried to prevent us from going (that's nice they cared!). So, the last 48 hours leading up to our departure, I frantically kept looking at the weather report, on tv and online, to make sure roads weren't close and what the wind speed was up there on the mountains (lots of snow with lots of wind equals WHITEOUT-Zero Visibility produces DANGER, don't want that!).
I've been snowboarding for a while, and my routine usually is the same. The night before I usually work, and I work a swing shift (3pm-11:30pm), which means I normally don't get enough sleep prior to hitting the mountain. This occasion wasn't any different. I was both excited and worried at the same time, so I had a total of NO hours of sleep. And I'm not exaggerating, I put my head on the pillow at 1am but my eyes would open and close periodically cuz I would toss and turn looking at the clock.
My alarm went off at 3:45am and I got out of bed to woke up my sister (Racquel127) to get ready. By 4:30am our friend Ron arrived with his H3 Hummer!! Cool ride, btw! Loaded up the tank with our boards and other equipment and we were off to pick up Tessa (Ariestrekker) in Hayward, Ca. where she was leaving her car for the day.
The drive up north on I-80 was actually pretty calm. Hardly any cars except a few here and there trucks and cars with your occasional skis and snowboards strapped to their roofs, like we were. On the way, after about 2 hours, we stopped in Auburn, Ca. for our infamous McDonald's breakfast (not the healthiest, but satisfying enough). While we had breakfast we were discussing how the road conditions were not what we expected, no rain and no traffic, great so far! We actually saw a little bit of the sun starting to peak through the clouds!! We kept our fingers crossed and hoped for the best! After breakfast, we were off again, rejuvenated!
From Auburn, we reached Sugarbowl in about an hour, with no traffic, no rain and no snow showers.
The very first time I got on a snowboard was maybe about 7 or 8 years ago down in Southern California. I took one of those 1-2 hour lessons just for the basics. I loved it! I've never skied before, but I fell in love with snowboarding. Don't get me wrong, it was terrifying but the adrenaline rush was very appealing! One would think, after that experience, I would have bought a snowboard the very next day. But I really didn't buy my first and only board till about 4 years ago, an investment I truly enjoy! So, over the years, I liked to think I've progressed into good snowboarder, not an expert and maybe not even intermediate.
The lifts at Sugarbowl were both slow and fast. It's always nerve-racking when getting off the lift. No one ever wants to fall. That just slows everything down and is really embarrassing! As long as no one touches me, or flails their arms all over the place (sister!) I'll be fine. I think I only fell once or did I just lose balance, all I remember was it wasn't a smooth landing getting off the lift that one time. Then, strapping on the snowboard is really tiring, but all part of the sport. The snow conditions up on the mountain were most excellent on this particular day. Powder all day with the sun shining upon us! Loved it! The trails were not crowded either so we got to go as slow or as fast as we wanted.
We even took our time taking pictures of each other going down the mountain, trying to get that perfect action shot. I guess not enough time though, cuz Ron completely missed taking the shot of Tessa in her moment of glory, carving the snow! She'll just have to do it again next time, easier said than done huh Tessa? J/K! YOU CAN DO IT!! No Fear!! Anywho, we got some really good runs of the mountain before we had lunch.
By the time we peeled off all of our gear, packed it up and loaded the H3 it was 3:30pm. We got an early start on the mad rush to go home. The resort closes at 4pm so we didn't catch any traffic at all. We were down the mountain and in Auburn for a coffee break at Starbuck's again by 4:30pm. Still no snow showers or rain. Most excellent, I thought! We were exhausted, but still had the time and energy to grab dinner in Vacaville, Ca.