10 Reasons to Ride on Shitty DaysBy admin • Dec 30th, 2013 • Category: Features, Latest, Random
Ahh snowboarding. When it’s good, it’s like, really good, but there are also plenty of shitty days. You know the ones — it’s pissing rain, hasn’t snowed in months and looking more like a roller rink than a ski slope, or so frigid your skin burns when you step outside. If you’ve been snowboarding a long time, or get to go a lot, it can be easy to just say fuck it and stay home.Â And as people who’ve been riding the one 8-inch storm at Hood for weeks*, we’ve certainly had to lower our standards, but it did inspire this list.
1. Way Better People Watching
Shitty days are enjoyed by hardcores and hardcores only, and they happen to be some of the most unique people in the world. If you enjoy laughing at dudes in one piece fluorescent suits, shitty days are your jam.
2. It’s Less Crowded
Aside from those weirdos, all the soccer moms and primadonnas stay home, meaning shorter lift lines and more space for you to work on your twirly birds off of side hits.
3. Ski Reports Lie
In my entire snowboard career, I can only remember a couple of times that it was worse than I expected. If it sounds like it’s going to be shitty via the internet, remember, in the mountains things change quick and you never know. Maybe you’ll drive up into a world of sunshine on a rainy day.
When you get old and your metabolism slows down, you start counting on snowboarding not just for fun, but for its health benefits as well. And you burn almost as many calories negotiating ice as shredding powder. Beats going to the gym.
5. You don’t have to get up early
No matter how enlightening the Nike Movie would have you believe getting up early is, that shit sucks. On shitty days, you can sleep til whenever you feel like it, because it’s not like it’s getting any worse. And if you get up there at 2 and only get to ride for a couple hours, well, who cares?
6. It’s the only way to 100 days
If you really wanna be considered a snowboarder, you’ve gotta break 100 days in a season at least once. The chances of there being 100 perfect, bluebird powder days in one season are pretty slim, so get your ass up there whenever scheduling allows, despite conditions.
7. It’s Pretty
Unless you live in the Midwest or something, being on the mountain and breathing fresh mountain air are benefits of getting out of bed and going snowboarding. So go, and remember to enjoy the view (even if it’s just a cloud mass.)
8. It makes you better and toughens you up
Everyone wants to be good at snowboarding, because sucking at things, well, sucks. Riding ice, dirt patches or whatever your mountain has to offer is a huge bolster to your skills. Just think how much easier it will be when you actually get to ride on a good, soft day with visibility? It really makes you appreciate it.
9. You won’t have to see people snowboard with their shirt off.
This scourge on ski areas doesn’t seem to be going away, but if it’s cold and raining, the chances of Joey Showoff stripping down are low. In fact, Joey Showoff probably won’t even be there.
10. It’s better than not snowboarding.
Seriously, what else do you have to do?
*Still better than an average East Coast day