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Winter has finally arrived

Posted: Thursday November 29, 2001 2:33 PM
Updated: Thursday November 29, 2001 3:20 PM

Snowboarder Tricia Byrnes is one of the premier halfpipe riders in the world. She won early in her career, capturing the U.S. Open in 1992, and has continued to shine at big events, capturing silver at the 2000 World Championships. The 26-year-old native of Stratton Mountain, Vt., has 14 FIS World Cup wins in her career. Check out Byrnes' diary on as she trains for the 2002 Winter Games.

November 29, 2001

Winter has finally arrived. After spending a most wonderful Thanksgiving with my family at home, I returned to Mammoth to wait for the snow to fall, and it has. This past week we had one amazing bluebird powder day and the snow is still falling. It was so awesome to get back out there and make some effortless turns in the fresh snow. There is something so amazing and addicting about riding in untracked snow, a floating sensation that makes me wonder what it must feel like to fly.

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Anyway, we rode and rode until it was totally tracked out and our legs were burning, and then we hiked a bit to get a little more. It was so much fun; days like that remind me of those first days when I fell in love with this sport, when you are out there with your friends, cold and laughing, and just enjoying yourself.

As for the halfpipe situation, they have blown some snow in the pipe and have begun to push the snow around, preparing to cut what will be the first pipe in this Olympic year. The rumors are going around as to what day it will open, but as long as the snow falls I think we are all content to ride a little powder. Our first contest of the year has been pushed back, which kind of took the pressure off but will interfere with our Christmas break and make last-minute shopping nearly impossible.

Oh well, the real reason this entry is so boring is that Mammoth is one small town and we have not done much since we've been here. In fact, yesterday Gretchen and I found ourselves overly ecstatic about the prize watch we found in our Lucky Charms and in all honesty we have begun to plan our evenings around the local television programming. Soon enough our schedules will resume the hectic mid-season travel, and part of me will be longing for these lazy days of free riding, going to the gym and watching TV.

Happy holidays,

-- Tricia

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