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    Brandy Floyd takes on the Backcountry

    Posted by AmSnow
    on Monday, February 02, 2015

     Hey there, Brandy Floyd checking in from Washington State. The winter here has been at a very delayed start which has led to lots of traveling to start this winter off! I think my poor bottom has become a square. Many of the PNW’ers are feeling the crunch but for me the upside to this dilemma is that in a very short amount of time I have managed to ride three of my most favorite places on earth - McCall, Idaho – Halfway, Oregon – Revelstoke, BC. I really can’t complain. Christmas and New Years were spent in McCall and they had some really fantastic snow. I got to see the very last sunset of 2014 from behind my handlebars after tearing up some great snow with friends and welcomed 2015 in the same fashion. 

    During the New Years holidays I spent time on the snow with a hungry bunch of sledders, hungry to improve their skills. I do not claim to be a coach but I had a moment with one rider that just made my day. He used to ride, 10 years ago and recently bought a Dragon to get back into the sport. It was a nice sunny day with about a foot and half of powder to play in. I asked him what his comfort level was and I think his response was along the lines “you lead, I’ll follow… you can’t lose me!” so with that I promptly took the crew off trail into one of my favorite zones at McCall. We quickly learned a few things. His comfort level didn’t match his skill level. But his desire to learn level far exceeded both. Now, to the moment… we were working our way up a hill and he had to turn out to get another run. This is one of my most favorite things to do, hook it back up hill. So I pulled up next to him, pointed at my feet then moved into wrong foot forward position. Then I pointed at the handlebars and turned them into a countersteer. Next I pointed at my eyes and I looked back up hill. Last gesture was pointing back and forth between my throttle and at my ear to signify “listen to the throttle”. Then I went into a slow downhill to uphill turn. I looked back as I’m finishing and he is following my prompts step by step and proceeded to do exactly the same thing and follow. This had me jumping for joy, I had a teaching moment… a successful teaching moment! We spent the rest of the day tearing up every last inch of snow we could find and returning to the trucks at sunset. Another day for the memories and an incredible start to 2015!

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