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Aspen-Snowmass Mountain

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I guess in order to teach you guys about snowboarding. I will actually have to prove I can snowboard. I will be doing that over these next several posts.  In this post, I will be telling you about one of my best snowboarding trips…Aspen Mountain.

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Over winter break, I took a  week vacation to Colorado to visit one of my close friends. I figured we would spend maybe 1 day snowboarding at a local resort, but when I got there he told me his friend has just moved up to Aspen. When people talk about snowboarding in Apsen, it’s basically like a snowboarder’s heaven. The snow stays soft and powdery, because of how cold it is there. People often refer to Aspen as the creme of the crop. It’s one of the most popular places for snowboarders and skiers to visit. The only downside to snowboarding at Aspen is the amount of money you will spend to snowboard there. When my friend told me that we had a free place to stay up in Aspen – we were going up no matter what.

As soon as I got off the plane, got my bags, and meet up with my friend. We were already heading up to Aspen to spend the majority of my trip snowboarding. The only downside was that we needed to be back by Sunday for the Broncos game, but that was at the back of my mind. The weather forecast came on over the radio and they were calling for at least a foot of snow over the weekend. I felt like I either planned my trip perfectly or God was aligning the elements to make this trip one for the books.

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It took us around 8 hours to get from Colorado International Airport all the way up to Aspen. I was exhausted from jet lag and being crammed in a car for 8 hours. We unloaded our stuff and then i passed out, so I could wake up for snowboarding the next day. It snowed around 6 inches that night and we woke up around 7 am to get first tracks. It took us only 20 minutes to get from my friends place up to snowmass mountain. We bought our snowboarding passes, strapped in, and took the chairlift up to the summit. The snow was absolutely amazing, it felt like you were gliding through the air on clouds. We snowboarded for half a day, because we planned to spend 3 more days snowboarding. It seemed like every day got better and better. It seemed like snow fell every night we were there and every day we were the first one’s up, creating first tracks in the untouched powder for other riders.

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I’ll never forget snowboarding in Aspen. It’s something I recommend every serious rider should try at least once in their life. You may spend a lot of money trying to find a place to stay up in Aspen, but it will all be worth it.\

Final Note: Check back here, where I’ll tell you more about my snowboarding adventures.

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An Unexpected Journey

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I’m just 1 of the 225,000 residents living in the biggest little city in the world. I use to hate this place growing up, but now that I’ve lived here for the past 22 years of my life, it will always be home. I’m not sure how many people in Reno snowboard at the moment,  but I’m hoping to increase that number. My snowboard blog is intended to take you down an unexpected journey to hopefully influence you to give snowboarding a shot. My blog will show you how to snowboard, where to find snowboard gear, and the best ski resorts to shred in my hometown of Reno, Nevada.

The beginning of our unexpected journey starts with finding the best place in Reno to find snowboard gear. It’s important to rent gear first because it gives you a chance to try the sport out without having to buy expensive gear right out the gate. The best place in Reno to rent your snowboard gear is BoBo’s Mogul Mouse located at 475 E Moana Ln.

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I’ve been going to this place since I started snowboarding 10 years ago and they’re hands down the best place in Reno to rent and buy snowboard gear. As soon as you walk in the door, there is always someone there to assist you and help you find what you need. When you walk in ask the person at the front desk that you’re looking to rent/buy:

  1. Snowboard
  2. Snowboard Boots
  3. Snow Goggles
  4. Jacket/Pants/Gloves/Beanie/Helmet

The person at the front desk should direct you in the right direction, so you can get all the gear you need. Renting a snowboard is rather easy, just ask the person helping you for an all-mountain snowboard that is somewhat equal to your height. All-mountain snowboards can be used anywhere on the mountain groomed runs, back country, and even park. If your looking to only ride park you would get a free-style board, but you should learn the basics of snowboarding first on an all-mountain board before upgrading.

Renting your snowboard  boots will probably be the most difficult  part when beginning your unexpected journey. It will be close to impossible to find rental boots that fit you perfectly the first time. You should rent boots that are about a size to a half size smaller than the shoes you are wearing. You want your snowboard boots to feel snug and you do not want your feet moving around. You may be asking yourself what’s so hard about renting snowboard boots? The hard part about renting boots is that it’s nearly impossible to know if your snowboard boots will feel the same when you start using them. Your rental boots may feel good in the store, but when you start using them up on the mountain they might not  feel right. This will cause you to have a miserable day and you won’t be able to switch out the boots till you go back to the store. It’s kind of a guess and check type of game to find the right boots for you. You might be able to reserve the boots at the store, so you can rent the same boots every time you go. If you feel like snowboarding is your thing, I would recommend buying your own snowboard boots and breaking them in, so you can have boots that fit you perfectly every time. A good brand to choose when renting or buying gear is Burton.

Many of the people living in Reno already have jackets, pants, gloves, and beanies for shoveling snow during the winter. These will work just fine for snowboarding,  but you should make sure that they are waterproof or made of nylon to keep water out or you will be drenched and cold after absorbing the snow. I would also encourage you to buy a helmet to prevent the risk of bodily harm from taking a nasty fall, crashing into a tree, or running into another rider.

Once you have all your gear you’re nearly ready for the mountain. Check back here for my next post on the best resorts to shred in Reno! If you scroll down below there’s a link to BoBo’s Mogul Mouse in my blogroll!