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Back on the Right Coast

By Cassie Hayden

everybody. This is Mike, I’m back from snowboarding this winter in
northern Cali. I had a blast and was happy to be able to ride again
after knee surgery. Especially where and what I rode. I worked at a
great mountain called Alpine Meadows. The staff was small and very
friendly and everyone had a great work ethic. The idea was to work
hard so that you could play hard. It reminded me very much of Zoar
Outdoor. The terrain was wonderful with open bowls, cliffs and
chutes in every direction you looked. It was also located in the
national forest so hiking out of bounds was allowed when it was safe
enough to do so. Being a boater and riding that terrain enabled me to
draw the many parallels between the two sports. Every time I rode off
of a drop or down a chute, I imagined myself doing the same things and
feeling the same movements while paddling. I found the same
similarities while riding in the park. I didn’t get to paddle this
winter and would have liked to. But even though I didn’t, snowboarding
worked out to be a suitable cross trainer and helped me to visualize
what I would like to accomplish this season on the water.

now I’m stoked on paddling, especially because of all the snow Vermont
just recently got. The West Branch of the Deerfield, one of my all
time favorites, will be on quite a bit this spring. I’m also hoping to
paddle Pelham and Dunbar Brooks whenever they are up and clear. I’ve
been out just a few times already, paddling Bulls Bridge, the Millers
and the Ashuelot. But i’m planning to frequent all the usual spring
fun areas, like T-ville, Waveosaurus, and anything creeky. So look for
me and the rest of the team out on the water. And pray for rain and
warm weather. TTFN.



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