October is when things start to get serious. The mountain towns start to fill up, with out-of-towners planning on moving to the mountains for the season. It starts to get cold up in the high country this time of the year and there is a very good chance we will get snow. You can pretty much guarantee that at least one resort will open for the season in October. Basically, everybody is really itching to go snowboarding in October.
Last winter, Wolf Creek was oddly the first to open in early October, with 36 inches of snow. Normally it’s a battle between A-Basin and Loveland, and within that battle for first resort to open comes the battle of first chair. I am proud to say that I am friends with the infamous Nate Dogggg, who has been holding down first chair in not only Colorado, but all of North America for the last 16 years. If you have ever watched the evening news on opening day, you know who I am talking about. That’s right, FOUR Gs. Nate also claims pro snowboarder through all the media coverage he gets out of first chair. Claiming first chair gets him more TV coverage than Shaun White at the X Games. And he does it with good style, not grabbing his toe to win like Shaun, but sleeping in his car like a true snowboarder. So, when you see Mr. Dogggg out there clocking vert this season, yell out, “NATE DOGGGG,” and give him props for holding down first chair.
IF YOU HAVE EVER WATCHED THE EVENING NEWS ON OPENING DAY YOU KNOW WHO I AM TALKING ABOUT. THAT’S RIGHT, FOUR GS…
I mentioned Wolf Creek opening before everyone last year. Such an early opening may be odd for Wolf Creek, but what isn’t odd is Wolf Creek getting massive amounts of snow in October. I truly have had some of my best powder days hitting cliffs and building jumps down there in October. It’s not unusual for Wolf Creek to be claiming almost 100 inches by Halloween. There is something about the way the snow pattern moves that sends all the flakes down south. Wolf Creek is seriously the place to be in October, if it snows. October also calls for the best of backyard boarding. Sometimes it’s not cold enough for the resorts to blow snow, but it has snowed a bit around town. There’s a good chance you have a buddy with some sort of a rail that he really wants to go set up and ride in half mud. You can usually go up into the mountains and find some place with snow to set up your buddy’s slider bar.
This is the beginning of it. No waiting or going back from here. Once October hits, the premiere season is over and the real season begins. Time to try and forget about everything else and just snowboard every day.