by Karina Patel
This is a short film I made about what riding means to me for a film class. I used to get bullied for “riding ponies” at school and this is my message back to those who think riding isn’t a sport. I couldn’t say everything I wanted to say in this film but did my best to express what I felt. In the beginning, it shows the fails because I believe failure must come before success. Enjoy!
How did these amazing people get to where they are what are their lives like now?
In this podcast, I will be examining the life of famous skateboarder Anderw Reynolds.
by Megan Bach
Snowboarding: Surfing on the snow.
Alpine/Downhill Skiing: A type of snowsport where you go down a hill with two fancy boards attached to your feet.
Cross Country/ Skate Skiing: A style of skiing where you propel yourself across a flat snowy surface. Sometimes you go uphill, sometimes you go downhill
Freeheel: A style of skiing where the heel of your foot can come up off of the ski, you need specific equipment. Commonly used for cross country and skate skiing. In the context of downhill skiing, freeheel would be referred to as telemark.
Tele: Short for Telemark Skiing, where the participant lunges with each turn.
Breck: short for Breckenridge, a ski resort.
Skins: Strips of synthetic material that you attach to the bottom of your skis, they allow you to hike up the hill on your skis without sliding backwards
Ski Patrol: Patrol the slopes making sure people are following the rules, and they respond to accidents, treating injuries and evacuating injured parties in a toboggan.
Ski Patrol Toboggan: A high-walled metal sled, usually carrying an injured skier, that is pulled behind a Ski Patrol person as they ski to the base of the mountain as to evacuate the injured party and get them to a hospital.
Moguls: Really annoying mounds of packed snow, usually found on steeper slopes.
Glades: A dense patch of forest within the Ski area that you are allowed to ski through.
Chute: A small skiable path, on a very steep slope, between two very unstable places, usually rocks and cliffs.
Cliff: A sheer rock face that skiers jump off of.
Trees: See Glades
Rock: If you don't know this one, your dumber than a box of them.
SnowCat/Cat: The large machines that groom the snow. People sometimes get rides on them, don’t, just use the lift (unless you are riding a snowcat just for the sake of riding a snowcat).
Catwalk: A long flat path that cuts across the mountain. The Embodiment of hell for snowboarders.
Run: a part of the mountain that has, usually, been cleared of obstacles such as trees and large rocks. Also named and given a colored symbol to show the level of difficulty.
Rope: usually refers to the boundaries of the ski area, shown with a rope fence
“Duck The Rope”: Fo duck underneath the boundary rope and go outside of the ski area. This could result in Ski patrol taking away your lift pass. Don’t do this, it is dangerous and against the rules of many ski areas.
Black/Blue/Green: short for Black Diamond, Blue Square, and Green Circle, respectively,which communicate the level of challenge associated with each run.
Ski School: A large pack of small children that follow their leader/instructor down the slope in a single file line. Be very wary of the ones that stray from the path, they are individualists or out of control, both are to be feared. Ski School can also be used as daycare.
Lift: An elevated cable that carries skiers from the bottom of the mountain to the top. Skiers sit in hanging chairs attached to the cable. Jumping off is Illegal and unrecommended.
Tower: A big stick of metal that hold up the ski lift. If said the same way one says “Watch out!” you might be about to ski into one.
House: The building at either end of a ski lift that houses a mechanism to cycle lift chairs and gondolas. Might also refer to a residential dwelling.
Carrot/T-Bar: A type of chair lift. Instead of lifting the skier off the ground, one holds onto a “carrot” or sits on a T-Bar–similar to a rope swing with a platform on the end– and is dragged up a small slope with their skis still touching the ground. These were used before the chair lifts became commonality, and are still used at smaller resorts and less accessible locations.
Magic Carpet: A carpeted conveyor belt that one skis onto, then waits until they reach the top. Magic Carpets are usually used for beginning Skiers on smaller slopes. They are usually overrun by Ski School groups.
Terrain Park: A location on the mountain with special features, varying in size and difficulty, used for jumps and tricks.
Rail: an elevated pole, horizontal to the ground, that one can ski across.
Box: A slick flat surface that one can glide across. They can be made of multiple segments and have many types of shapes, specific terms apply.
Jump: An angular pile of snow, interrupting the downhill movement by causing the skier to travel upwards suddenly. The purpose is to redirect the athlete into the air.
180: Turning around, but fancy.
360: Turning around, then realising you're going backwards so you turn back around. But fancy.
120, 90, 60, 25: Failed attempts at a 180 or 360, but you can't admit it like an a**hole or you crashed and can laugh at yourself like a decent human being.
To “Get Air”: is when one goes off a jump, and travels high or far through the air, usually as to say they got more air than someone else.
Snow Snake: An unmoving root or rock that caused you to fall or loose a ski. Referred to as a snake because “that thing came out of nowhere”. Commonly used to save face in front of really fancy skiers.
Yard sale: When you have a crash that results in two or more items of equipment– usually skis and poles, but sometimes gloves and boots– becoming no longer attached to your person. Called yard sale because the aftermath usually resembles a yard sale, with stuff scattered all over the slope.
Tree: Refers to a large carbon based life form, commonly Populus tremuloides, Pinus ponderosa, and Pinus contorta. If said the same way one says “Watch out!” you might be about to ski into one.
by Megan Bach
Many Coloradans—and some foolish tourists, the ones from flat places that think they know how to ski from watching the Scooby Doo winter specials(*cough* *cough* my cousin)— will be hitting the slopes soon, with both the Loveland and Arapahoe Basin ski areas being open as of November 10th. With Colorado’s usually cold and snowy winter fast approaching, many people here at Watershed are excited to break out the gear and hit the slopes.
One interesting aspect of skiing is the Backcountry, which is when you ski outside of a maintained ski resort. Without ski lifts you trek up the mountain–using snowshoes or skins–then ski back down.
Not everyone has the necessary gear or confidence for a productive backcountry expedition. Backcountry skiing is often perceived as an extreme challenge that only the most advanced skiers undertake. However, one can find a large variety of terrain difficulty, simply without snow grooming and structured trails cut into the forests. The challenge comes from trekking up the mountain to then ski back down. “It’s fun, but hard to get up,” Watershed student Eloise Howell informs me. She told me about a time when doing a winter backpacking trip, she used snowshoes to carry all of her gear, including skis and other necessary gear, for many miles, atop many feet of snow.
Side-country is similar to the backcountry in the idea that it is not patrolled by ski patrol and not in the confines of a roped off ski area, but you can access side country by using the ski lift at some ski resorts. Side-country is NOT ducking the rope, but an access point near the top of a lift where you can ski down to what is usually a road. To use the lift, you would still need to pay a lift ticket.
In both backcountry and side-country situations, if you were to injure yourself, there is no Ski Patrol to assist you. To prevent this sort of situation from becoming worse, it’s advised to not ski alone and to have a member of your group have with some sort of first aid training. Avalanches are also a major risk, because Ski Patrol, among their other duties, mitigate the risk within their respective ski areas by using explosives to prematurely initiate a more controlled avalanche away from recreational users. To avoid being in an avalanche prone situation, check the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s (http://avalanche.state.co.us/) (CAIC) website or Avalanche.org before you head out. The CAIC provides valuable information about different regions of Colorado that can help you to determine if it is a safe day to ski the backcountry. It would also be very valuable to attend an avalanche safety course—resources are included with the links at the bottom— so that you can learn to keep yourself safe, and how to use the proper gear if a situation were to arise.
Please be safe when exploring Colorado’s winter recreation resources. Make good decisions, but also have some fun!
by Megan Bach
After arriving at the hotel late Friday night, we are each given a small package, stuffed with our new required clothing. Upon seeing the yellow long-sleeve shirt, and the neon hats, mockeries of the new gear popped into almost everyone's minds. Quickly after, the baseball hats were shoved into the winter beanies, creating an almost three-foot tower of awkward neon atop athlete Iasia Cormier's head. Jokes aside, the new gear has spurred a lot of mixed emotions from the athletes, although all are outspoken by Coach Veronica Platzer’s highly vocalized opinions. Most Athletes were intrigued by our new high visibility baseball hats and winter beanies, but because of the weather conditions during the recent Oklahoma City regatta, the beanies themselves didn't get much use.
The purchase of high-visibility gear was made with safety in mind. “You can just flash a headlight across and, 'Oh, there [the rowers] are,'” said Lisa Dirt, former head coach of CJC and current coach at (the rival) Mile High rowing club in Denver. The hats are just another installment of the many new safety features following the incident last fall, lovingly referred to as “The Terrible Tuesday” by the athletes and coaching staff alike. On this Tuesday, multiple large boats had been sent out to practice, leaving the dock in reasonable weather conditions. But at some time during the practice, wind speeds had picked up drastically, causing whitecaps on the water, which pushed our crews into the large dam on the east side of Boulder City’s reservoir.
All of the crews on the water experience swamping of their boats, and the athletes needed to jump into the water, resulting in around 18 athletes being forced into the cold water. Luckily, no one was seriously injured. Safety procedures at the time were inadequate to deal with such a situation, but, as a team, we learned from this experience, and have been steadily implementing new ways to stay safe on the water. This includes the purchase of a new safety launch, the training of people to drive the safety launch, the strengthening of our relationship with Lake Patrol at the reservoir, and now the requirement of the high visibility hats.
When preparing for, and during, the many races at the Oklahoma City regatta, athletes wore these new hats. “[The hats] look kinda dumb, but really unify us [as a team],” said rower Ella Webber. When we watched one of our boats, with eight rowers in it, barrel down the course, you could see the hats in the distance, and tell which boat was ours even after they had passed and faded into fuzzy blobs in the distance.
“They are definitely ‘hi-vis.’ I can definitely see you,” said Julie Maitland, the parent of a rower. “They clash a little with the uni-suits, but I think we can make it work.” The parent chaperones, athletes, and coach ‘Vee’ all liked how you could spot the neon yellow from far off and easily spot a missing athlete in the crowd.
The fashionability was the only criticism from the athletes. Our uni-suits are black shorts and white tank-tops with yellow stripes down the sides, the long sleeve outer shirt is the same yellow, with white stripes on the arms, and then the hats are a totally different tone of yellow, and according to one person, a little greener than the rest of our yellow. “We are definitely visible,” said Riley Maitland. “We look like light bulbs!”
“We all wear them, or no one wears them,” said Olivia Pfeiffer, one of ours coxswains, and I agree. When the entire boat wears the matching gear, we look highly unified and put-together, but alone the individual articles of clothing look really dorky, yellow usually isn't a flattering color.
However, one athlete made the hi-vis hats look particularly good; “The neon yellow just brings out my skin tone,” commented Grady Clark, another CJC coxswain. All in all, Colorado Junior Crew’s new gear has a high amount of function, but not a lot of fashion sense. Unless, of course, you're Grady.