What a weekend!

Ahoy mateys, From the looks of it, this past weekend was definitely a busy one! I can't say I did everything out there, but mad props for those of you that did! I had very keen ambitions of doing it all, and by all I mean everything, however an ever-lasting cold and no energy left me in no mood to partake in the festivities. Props to CJ for checking out the pipe events on Cypress, and the Railjam at Park Royal!

For the 48 Hours of Winter weekend up on Grouse Mountain, I think many of us had the intention of staying all night. I was very much in similar spirits, planning on taking the Saturday off to recover, however my body just hated me at the time, and as a result refused to function, despite the endless supply of Rockstar and Redbull. Gahhh. To be brief, the Friday night was great! Lots of people were out and about, stoked to be riding past their curfews and bedtimes.

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I ran into local hooligans the J-Crew, who were out in full force. These kids, like many others, were found lapping the park, which I'd have to say, was in rather decent condition.

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I'd like to give a huge, huge thanks to all the lifties who worked that night, many of whom worked a freezing cold 12 hour shift!

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On Sunday, I made my way up to Mount Seymour for the Menace Slopestyle, put on by Snowcovers. This was an event sponsored by Orage, and was one of the many stops of their coveted Anti-Tour. The focus of the comp was rather less of a competition and more of a fun, jam style session. For this stop, there were roughly 20 competitors in total, ranging from age 13-25.

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The course was nestled beautifully beneath the sun, prompting for soft and smooth conditions. The run started off with a nice down rail, stuck between a down box and flat down box.

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After the rail was a choice of either large jump or smaller booter. Despite the size of the take offs, these jumps were much much smaller than anticipated, causing many competitors to go waayy deep.

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Following the jump was a second booter, this one slightly bigger. A combo pad followed, which had an up pipe rail to down rail on the left, or up butter pad to flat down box on the right. These were really annoying to hit due to speed and space issues, not to mention the lack of attention the judges paid to the end of the course.

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After lapping for a couple of hours, the results were in. Todd Loukras took the top spot for the 14-19 category, and Jared Alexanderelphee for the 20+. Overall, an epic day was had by all.

So after much exersice and goggle-tanning, I am home to nurse some shinbang and sore thumb, but I am stoked to get back up the hill asap. As for this, I'll let Liam Casey close it off.

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au revoir


Photos: Jason Macfarlane