I love the story of Ester Ledecká’s double gold in both skiing and snowboarding at the 2018 Olympics, but not because of the ski/snowboard rivalry. I like this story because of what it says about how much our sports gain through collaborative competition.
When I ride with skiers I find our differences in line choice, terrain usage, and tactics for approaching situations make for great discussions and opportunities to challenge ourselves by adapting others’ perspectives. Did Ester win because she looked at the course differently? Or because her athletic training from both sports gave her an advantage?
There are going to be heaps of conversations and different versions of dissecting of what happened last night, but what I know is I can improve my riding by riding with skiers and occasionally putting on skis myself, and similarly, our two-planked friends can learn from following our lines and maybe even taking a snowboard lesson!
Tune in for more thoughts in this edition of First Chair, Last Call with George Thomas.
I’ve almost always had a pow board in the lineup. In the late 90s and early 2000s it was an Option Signature 162. After moving to Steamboat and playing around with the Burton Fish and Vapor, I fell in love with the Malolo and rode it as my deep-day board for a few years. Then the Sherlock arrived with a twin shape and Flying V, and I was sold on a twin-shaped powder ride. And then the Flight Attendant arrived, and again redefined what I want in a board primarily ridden in the soft stuff. Read more “2017 Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard”
Little behind on posting the podcasts we did live from Fall Conference. This one is with my snowboard teammate Nick Alfieri, alpine teammate Jon Ballou, and Beaver Creek counterpart Stacey Gerrish and is all about learning from failure. Check it out!
Following up from one of my recent articles in 32 Degrees, George and I recently sat down to chat about teaching kids to snowboard for the PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcast. Check out my article, tune in to the podcast, and then let me know your thoughts on teaching the extra young kiddos to snowboard!