Well, our plan to stay on the mountain until sun set was foiled.

To be honest, I’m not sure what I expected to happen. Around 30 to 40 minutes after all the lifts had stopped we were told to ride down by one of the ski patrol/marshal people.

At that point, there was us and a couple of other riders hiking a box and oil-drum-jib in the park. We all had to move on. Of course it’s completely understandable… it’s not particularly safe to leave people playing around on the mountain when it’s starting to get dark and there’s nobody else around. We didn’t contest it.

It did however get in the way of our plan to take a photo of a rider on the s-box with the sun setting. That said, had we been allowed to continue I don’t think we would have been successful. The park arrangement has changed a little this week, including a change to the orientation of the s-box, which now swings out to the right first and then the left, if you see what I mean.

Previously, with the s swinging out left first and then right, it was much easier for a regular rider to boardslide it. Now that it’s the opposite way around, it is more difficult, and we were struggling.

The whole effort was still fun though and we did take a couple of real, non-digital photos on a different box. We’ll have to wait to see how they develop. I’m pretty excited about that. The good news is that we made good use of our old snowboards… the base was a little scratched. But we’re planning to make chairs out of them at home anyway!

So with one day on the mountain remaining we’re all planning on an early rise and first lift – it should be a fun group day in the sun and slush…

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