01.02.2015 - 28.02.2015
On Friday night after some more beer pong we met up with some more people on the course in a bar, and had an argument with a guy called Tim, who claimed to be Irish and to have lived in Ireland almost all his life, yet says "Aboot" and "Eh" all the time. I wasn't having it and told him he was definitely Canadian, and his fake Irish accent was terrible . He seemed to think he knew his background better than me and kept up his sham all night.
Monday was my first day with Pro-ride and I was promptly introduced to my familiar looking coach for the day - former Irish national snowboarding champ Tim. Whoops. Luckily Tim has a sense of humour and we had a laugh about our previous meeting. I'm pretty amazed by the standard of all of the coaches, I've seen snowboarding coaches ride before, but not like this. This course should be good!
I'm relieved to find that whilst I've got a lot of catching up to do to reach the levels of some of the people that have been here a couple of months, I'm also not the worst either, and the coaches are incredible. After explaining I wanted to learn how to "butter" by the end of the 4 week course, it took Lisa approximately an hour to get me doing it. Not with much style, but a recognisable butter nonetheless. Awesome.
There's not much powder around so spending a lot of time in the park, and on some cool natural features around the place. The half-pipe is pretty much melted, but Alan showed us this wind lip that is a pretty good substitute and gave me some tips, so should be all set when the pipe is back.