Today’s reader question:
I always hear snowboarders talk about the number of days they get on snow, is this a really important statistic if I want to get good at snowboarding?
Yes, the total number of days you spend on snow is important, but there’s a lot more to it than just doing 100 days per season.
Total number of days on snow means nothing.
Wait what? I just said that the total number of days you spend snowboarding is important, but now I’m saying it means nothing? Let me explain.
Most people like to track their number of days on snow, however, I find that the more seasons you do, the less you worry about how many days you get each year and instead you start to worry about getting quality days on snow.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s still fun to ask the lifty to check how many days your pass was used, but you quickly realize that those numbers don’t mean much.
Quality over quantity.
For example, 1 day on slope could be spend on an icy beginner run, while another day could be spent riding the most epic powder tree run ever.
Similarly, you could have one day where the park conditions were horrible and foggy and another day when it’s perfect blue skies with freshly groomed jump lines.
All of these scenarios would count as 1 day on snow, but each would produce VERY different results and progress in your snowboarding.
Getting lots of days on snow is awesome and fun, but you soon realize that the quality of those days on snow matters just as much, if not more than the actual number of days you spend on snow.
So basically it comes down to this:
The total number of days you spend on snow is important, but mostly because it gives you more opportunities to get quality days on snow.
Those quality days are the days when you’ll see the most progress in your snowboarding and see yourself improve quickly.