Today I was meant to be at the cyclo-cross race in Todmorden. But Ali had other ideas, after reading various facebook updates she wanted to go snowboarding. Some time thinking about the options and the decision was made to go over to the mountain boarding centre near Halifax, as long as the snow didn't disappear. So I was up at 7am to make us some Oatie cakes to keep us going through the day. Ali gave them a quick ring and was told there was 2 inches of fresh stuff on a good base so we jumped in the car and headed over. A quick stop on the way to pick up sandwiches as we had no bread in the house and we were soon in the tiny car park. Only a handful of cars were there so I went in to pay while Ali got her kit on. The guy was sorting out skis for a group but it was a case of me signing a disclaimer since I had my own kit.
Onto the slope and the first obstacle was a rope tow. Something neither of us have used that much, me mainly when I was skiing! I got to the top and eventually Ali made it up!!! Time for first runs, I was very nervous as I hadn't been on a board since Feb 2008 and that was just in a fridge!
First run was fun and I was so happy to be back on the snow, even if the run was a little short! I couldn't wait to head back up again. I had remembered how to turn so all was good.
After a couple of runs we decided to investigate the run in the middle, no drag lift on this slope so a little walking from the top of the first slope, but it was worth it! Frest powder and lumps and bumps to play on!
The day was spent playing in the snow, including Ali making a snow angel, in what had been till near the end our own personal powder run - think most other people didn't like the hike out of it!
As always Ali made her angel face first!
I would go back tomorrow if Ali hadn't made it clear that I better not even think about it!
I had almost given up on getting to play on my board again anytime soon. But today was a perfect sunny day on the piste.